May 18th, 2014
If you are a flash shooter, for small rooms you frequently want to put flashes on the top of doors. However, after the first time you drop a flash on the floor from the top of a door and break it, you start looking for ways to attached the flash to the door.
I purchased one and have been playing around with it for the last few days. This suction cup is will stick to almost any surface. Doors and even textured wall board. My concern was that the cup would deface the wall board or doors. Turns out that it is does make a black circle where ever you stick it. The black circle can easily be wiped off with a damp cloth but the fact that you have to clean the surface every where you use it makes it impractical for quickly attaching flashes to doors.
Over the years we’ve covered various alternatives for attaching flashes to doors, railings and other places. Here are some other approaches:
- Manfrotto 175F-1 Clamp: This is one of my favorites because it easily clamps to the top of doors (if you are tall enough to attach it). It also easily attaches to a light stand. I always have one of these attached to one light stand. This clamp was the winner in a vote by readers on what the best clamp for attaching flashes to doors. You do have to be careful that you don’t make marks on the top of the door because the spring is strong.
- Nasty Clamps: Many readers use nasty clamps.
- DIY door top flash holder by Mark Cornwell: This is a very inexpensive approach and very easy to make.
- Rich Baum’s DIY clamp: Rich’s post explains nicely what you want in a clamp… won’t harm the door and has a very nice inexpensive solution.
In summary, most readers like the Manfroto 175 clamp also known as the “Justin clamp” but if you are into DIY Rich’s little light hanger is a great solution.