If you care about your cables you’ll pay attention to this video. If you care about a tidy and efficient workspace you’ll also watch this video. And if you care about getting and keeping a job in a professional studio or production house you should not only watch this, but take heed. Cable management is not just about aesthetics.

It’s interesting how often the giveaway to someone’s inexperience is how they treat something they mistakenly considered inconsequential. Simply put, you don’t know what you don’t know, and the remedy is experience of informative pieces like this from The Film Look.

An experienced studio photographer, for example, can observe at a non-pro and know as much simply by how they handle a C-stand, or by listening to them speak in absolutes – when a professional will understand that almost all we do is subjective. Likewise for most studios, cable management is a good indicator, and in fact, in many studios, the improper handling of cables is enough to get you disciplined or fired.

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Understand that the way a cable is wrapped is not simply a matter of aesthetics, but of function. Wrapping cables the wrong way can lead both to cable damage and a less efficient working environment. When cables are wrapped the correct way (which differs depending on cable – data versus extension) they will last longer and be far less unruly when it comes time for use.

So how does one wrap a cable correctly? Well, watch the short video and know right now that the ‘thumb to elbow’ method is not the way to do it, and there is some real nuance to it all.

Have a look and check out more from The Film Look on their YouTube Channel.