OK, here's my interesting problem: I need to walk into a situation and be able to shoot quickly with a self-contained setup that can give me nice soft side light. I have an off-camera flash and umbrella that do nicely. But a light stand, clamp, or other fixed mount doesn't work well for several reason; I need the flexibility to move around a fair amount, and there often isn't room for extra stuff like stands.
The ideal solution would be an assistant (VALS) but I don't have one available. So I figured I could just attach the flash to the umbrella, hold it in my left hand, and shoot with my right. But I experimented with that today and discovered a couple of problems:
- The flash plus umbrella is pretty clumsy. I need something smaller, still with soft light.
- I really need two hands to operate the camera. The situation requires a zoom lens (foot zoom won't work), plus left-hand support for the lens really helps me frame properly.
I tried bouncing the flash, but the light quality just isn't the same.
Has anybody else encountered a similar situation? Any suggestions on how to attack this problem without either a light stand or an assistant? Or am I stuck with bouncing?