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Tripod as light stand?

 
Scott_online
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Mar 15, 2010 17:38 |  #1

I'm looking to experiment a bit with off-camera flash.

I've no light stand as yet, but I do have an old travel tripod that might do the job. It only extends to 145cm though, whereas the light stands typically go to 190cm+. Do people typically use their stands at full extension, or will the tripod be tall enough for most situations (assuming the subject is standing)?

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Mar 15, 2010 17:42 |  #2

Put it up high on something, with the light(???) Am.:eyes




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Mar 15, 2010 18:21 |  #3

Sorry, I should have said this was mainly for outdoor use.

I was looking to put together a portable lighting kit as described on Strobist. There's a reasonable chance I'd have the tripod with me anyway, so if I could get away with not carrying a separate light stand, then that would be fine - but many of the lighting setup pictures I've seen have the strobe/umbrella slightly above the subject's head.


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Mar 15, 2010 18:22 |  #4

Scott_online wrote in post #9802623external link
I'm looking to experiment a bit with off-camera flash.

I've no light stand as yet, but I do have an old travel tripod that might do the job. It only extends to 145cm though, whereas the light stands typically go to 190cm+. Do people typically use their stands at full extension, or will the tripod be tall enough for most situations (assuming the subject is standing)?

Thanks

If you get a swivel bracket, and umbrella you can make it work. But its not really going to be tall enough..




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Mar 15, 2010 18:38 |  #5

I've done it in a pinch but it really doesn't work well for regular use.
And if the full height is with the center column extended you are asking for even more trouble.

A usable light stand is only about $30. Save some money and buy one.


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Mar 15, 2010 19:00 |  #6

I would be willing to bet I could make an extension out of a piece of 3/4 in PVC pipe and attach it to the tripod with gaffer tape or what ever you have handy.
Drill a hole in a pvc plug, stick a 1/4x20 bolt through it (shim as necessary from the inside of the plug so only about a 3/8 inch sticks out through the plug) and use some JB Weld epoxy to secure it in the plug. Attach the plug to the end of the pipe with a coupling designed to accept slip on on one end and threaded female for the other. Screw in the plug and you have it.

Paint the pipe flat black for a Pro look! :-)

I made a plug like this for a different application (monopod clamp fo a shoe mount flash.

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Mar 16, 2010 18:30 |  #7

A long time ago...I looked into doing the same thing. In fact I tried using an older Bogen monopod with the leg kit and mounting the umbrella/flash holder onto the head. The problem and tough compromise is that the idea of strobist shooting...is sort of a minimalist approach. The more stuff you have to drag around...and the heavier it is...you start to find excuses to not bring it.

I finally broke down and bought several of these:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...ano&N=0&InitialSear​ch=yesexternal link

There is a reason many recommend them for strobist style shooting...light,small​, sturdy and relatively tall for their pack down size. And in the big scheme of things...pretty good bang for buck. Coupled with a Westcott double-fold or double joint folding black/white combo umbrella...it's sort of a "quick-draw" solution.

Most of all...small and light ...you WILL bring it along.


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