October 5th, 2014
What’s a door top flash holder? If you’ve purchased Scott Hargis’s Lighting Interior book, subscribed to his video series or been to one of Scott’s workshops you’ll remember that the Basic Bedroom lighting setup involves a flash sitting on top of the door aimed back at the corner or wall. And if you’d used this setup for any length of time you have either knocked a flash on the floor or come very close to it at least once. To solve this problem PFRE readers have come up with a number of alternatives to prevent dropping flashes.
Here are a list of previous solutions to this problem:
- 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. 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.
This is the new solution: Tim Wilson of Richmond, VA has come up with another DIY approach. As the photo above shows, it’s a 6″ length of aluminum channel with a bolt in the middle that will attach to your flash. Read Tim’s post here for all the details. He’ll even sell you one if you’d like.