Icecreamstar wrote in post #15950148
I found that on-camera flash is somewhat very limited, but on a trip, it's just hard to bring a flash stand with me all the time. Then I came to notice these camera-attached flash brackets?
Are they useful to manipulate the direction of light? Intuitively, I could imagine if I do portraits with 35mm or wider, it could help, but have no idea how helpful it is; but for 50 or 85mm, will the offset from the camera hot shoe enough to bring some differences?
Thanks in advance!
Actual images using a flash bracket, a Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 that supported a Canon 60D and a Canon 420ex.
As demonstrated through the above actual images that used a Quick Flip 350, when combined with a small on-flash diffuser such as a Lumiquest softbox,
or another Lumiquest bounce device
, or bouncing the flash off of a neutral-colored ceiling, the bracket avoids the worst problems of harsh on-camera flash. Placing the flash on the bracket provides useful separation from the camera body and prevents the harsh-edged side shadows that are typical of flashes that are mounted directly on the camera hot shoe. Note that the above sample images have no harsh side shadows because of the actual use of the bracket and diffusers.
A Flip 350, which is a pleasantly simple device, is the least expensive useful bracket on the market. It is a solid, durable lifetime purchase, which only may need to have the swing arm pivot tighened every few years, or an extremely infrequent replacement of the pivot washer.
Pound-per-pound, the most expensive part of a flash bracket setup is a Canon off camera sync cable. Fortunately, inexpensive third-party substitutes