Author: Tony Colangelo
One of the first “tactics” that many, if not most, of us learned when we started to use flash, was to secure a flash to its kickstand and then place it carefully on the top of a door, in whatever room we were shooting. It’s a great way to add flash to a smallish space and I’m guessing it’s become a constant within many real estate shooters’ tool-kits. As valuable as this technique is, the first time a flash falls on the floor from the top of a door and crashes into several pieces when it hits the floor, we scurry to find new and better ways to ensure that the next flash won’t suffer the same fate.
If you’ve been a regular PFRE reader, you’ve seen a number of different solutions presented over the years. Some are geared for those that want a ready-made gadget that’s specifically designed for the task and easy to use. The one that comes to mind right off the top is the Manfrotto 175F-1 Clamp. This tool attaches to the top of the door using a spring clamp. While many shooters have come to rely on this device, one of the downsides to it is that it can leave marks on the door. Another useful and less expensive product that can be used to securely place a flash on a door top is to use a Gorilla Flexible Tripod. There are also a whole host of DIY solutions, including an oldie-but-a-goodie from Rich Baum and his DIY Clamp.
I was wondering if there were any other new DIY inventions or ready-made products that folks could recommend. Thanks!