Lampstand Flash

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    I have been trying to learn about lighting. One of the easiest places to learn I have found is using table top subjects. However putting the flash in just the right place has proved to be a challenge.

    I bodged together this handy device to make that a little easier. All it is, is an old desk lamp which luckily enough (when the original lamp shade had been removed) had the right screw thread to mount a flash on. Here is a closeup version of the same photo ( ) In response to a few questions that have been asked here are a few more closeups.... The flash mount , the arm of the lampstand with thread exposed and the arm with the flash mount on

    Lighting for this shot was provided by a single strobe placed above the top right of this picture outside of the light tent.

    PhotoJax®, geowulf, HelenPalsson, and 44 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. fettucininz 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks to David (aka the strobist) for posting my creation on your blog, its a real honour for me. I have been reading your blog for quite a while and love your approach, its always better to use your brain than mindlessly use your wallet.

      The idea came from looking at some of the camera booms on TV and how they use them. I had a busted desktop lamp and thought why not give it a go.

      I hope this idea helps others as it has helped me. If people would like more info about building their own version of this please let me know. If you have constructed a version of this I would love to see a photo.

      Thanks one and all

    2. alexwise 83 months ago | reply

      Clever thinking!

    3. Zenndott 83 months ago | reply

      This is really great. The larger light stands do have their many uses, but there are times when their sheer size is a hinderance. A smaller, and more flexible table top variety would be very helpful. And, it looks like one could recycle items to create it.

      NOTE: GET A PATENT FOR THE IDEA. Equipment companies should have thought of this before. Thanks for sharing.


    4. Jon Thornton 83 months ago | reply

      I agree, get a patent. Great idea.

    5. Debbi in California 83 months ago | reply

      wow, very inventive!

    6. Nionyn_ 83 months ago | reply

      Although I'm not sure exactly what you could patent here (Anglepoise lamps and similar arrangements for booms have been going for donkey's years, after all), this is a fabulous idea - and I think I'm going to have to 'liberate' one of these lamps from work... ;-)

    7. fettucininz 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks all, I am blown away by the interest shown in this....... Thanks for your comments, does anyone know much about patents :) I'm sure you are right that this would be difficult to do NionnynYCmyro, and I wouldn't want to stop people like you out there from creatively using this idea. I wonder how many lampstands (broken or otherwise) are right now being looked at as possibilities lol.


    8. mkruter 83 months ago | reply

      I also think this is a great idea. Not sure if you can get a patent for it or if it would be worth the expense, but even if you did I dont think it would prohibit people from building their own versions, it would only prohibit them from selling them.

    9. jmcarreira 83 months ago | reply

      I'm inspired...

    10. mini/eng 83 months ago | reply

      this is GREAT!

    11. Jon Ragnarsson 83 months ago | reply

      This is one of the "Why didn't I think of that" moments...

      Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

    12. itr7452 83 months ago | reply

      great idea...!

    13. Steamy Kitchen 83 months ago | reply

      Wow, I'm going to try this!

    14. paolotinari 83 months ago | reply

      Thanks, going scouting tomorrow in my mom's garage

    15. anderspace 82 months ago | reply

      That's using your noodle... totally stealing this idea. Thanks!

      Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

    16. PhotoMasterGreg 79 months ago | reply

      Now this is a brilliant idea!!

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