January 18th, 2016
…I generally do what the “Lighting for Interiors” guy does and it has taken a long time for me to even begin to get comfortable withe technique – a long learning curve as you put it.
I had been mounting the camera and my main flash on an L bracket and then mounting the bracket to the tripod. An electronic trigger is on the cameras hot shoe and it controls all the flashes including the one on the bracket. The bracket made by Quantum has a detachable handle to which the flash is mounted. This allows me to hold the light in different positions if required. But most of the time the light stays on the bracket. This bracket is just worn out from continuous use and quantum doesn’t make them any more. I’ve been looking for another bracket which is sturdy enough hold the light and be steady on the tripod or lightstand. … I wonder if you might have any recommendations. At this point I don’t care if the flash is easily detachable, I just want it to be off-camera and steady on the tripod.
What I would suggest is that you use a light stand rather than a tripod for holding your small flashes because there more handy clamps for mounting flashes on light stands than on tripods. Here are a couple of my favorites:
- The Justin clamp: This is a versatile little gadget that connects to the flash and to the light stand and has a spring clamp that you can also attach it to chairs, doors etc. It comes on and off the light stand quickly. It also has a rotating socket so you can move the flash around in any orientation you need to. The one I link to here is made by Manfrotto and is the top of the line and very sturdy. There are other cheaper versions of this.
- Flash Hot-Shoe Slave Umbrella Holder Swivel: These are made to mount umbrellas and flashes on light stands but work nicely for just putting flashes on light stands.
What is your favorite?