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How Do I Mount A Speedlite On A 10" Wide Ceiling Beam?

 
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Jul 18, 2014 12:34 |  #16

Try fishing line. Put the plastic stand on the speedlite, loop the line around it, feed one end between the beam and floor, tie it off. I wouldn't use mono - get something like spiderwire that isn't easily broken. Used to do this for lighting a white backdrop prior to have stands and more than one light.


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Jul 18, 2014 13:22 |  #17

What about an assistant with a flash-on-a-stick?


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Jul 18, 2014 14:54 |  #18

steelbluesleepr wrote in post #17039977 (external link)
What about an assistant with a flash-on-a-stick?

That was my first thought too (& what I use the majority of time), but I think OP may be considering a self-sufficient approach; hopefully time will clarify.


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Jul 20, 2014 01:55 |  #19

Gaffer taping a plastic flash base to the beam might be a more subtle option for getting flash on the beam. The Vello/Promaster bases have curved parts that make it easy to tape front and back. It's probably worth wiping the beam clean first and using two layers (per "leg") of tape at angles for redundancy.
Lithium batteries are a lot lighter than NiMH rechargeables if you want to reduce the flash weight. Collapsible speedlight soft-boxes help the light quality a bit, and usually don't add a lot of weight.




  
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Jul 20, 2014 09:00 |  #20

huntersdad wrote in post #17039896 (external link)
Try fishing line. Put the plastic stand on the speedlite, loop the line around it, feed one end between the beam and floor, tie it off. I wouldn't use mono - get something like spiderwire that isn't easily broken. Used to do this for lighting a white backdrop prior to have stands and more than one light.

This should work. With 4 lines off of two beams onto a swivel attachment, it should be secure & have good adjustability. Thanks!

steelbluesleepr wrote in post #17039977 (external link)
What about an assistant with a flash-on-a-stick?

I guess my first post didn't mention, but the setup isn't very conducive to having an assistant up front. They would end up looking awkwardly in the way.

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Gaffer taping a plastic flash base to the beam might be a more subtle option for getting flash on the beam. The Vello/Promaster bases have curved parts that make it easy to tape front and back. It's probably worth wiping the beam clean first and using two layers (per "leg") of tape at angles for redundancy.
Lithium batteries are a lot lighter than NiMH rechargeables if you want to reduce the flash weight. Collapsible speedlight soft-boxes help the light quality a bit, and usually don't add a lot of weight.

Good call looking for lighter batteries. I use Eneloops now, but I'll see how much weight savings I can get from lithiums. I have mixed feelings about gaffer tape. The beams are rough cut wood, so I don't know how much "stickability" the tape will have. If I did use gaffer tape, I would want to use a ton of it. That being said, if I used it on the front of the beam towards the front of the room, It would be invisible to everyone looking forward. I don't do a ton of work with gaffer tape, so maybe I'm just underestimating how secure it would be.


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Jul 20, 2014 09:27 |  #21

Cement the flash stand that maybe came with flash to bottom of beam.


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Aug 08, 2014 19:24 |  #22

Update:

I was saved by the guy that was doing audio/lighting. He just ignored the venue rules & screwed a crazy amount of brackets for lights into the walls & ceiling beams. The person in charge of the venue was furious, but I was able to get all of my shots without using my own lighting!


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Aug 11, 2014 12:19 as a reply to  @ ozzmodan's post |  #23

well, that's one way to do it!


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