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DIY Ceiling Mounted Flash Setup?

 
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Oct 04, 2017 14:26 |  #1

I have installed some brackets in my ceiling and mounted a small background in my garage that I use to take pictures of shirts/jackets for my eBay business, but I'd like to be able to mount these speedlites on my ceiling somehow and be able to pivot/position them and still use my umbrellas. The only option that I can think of is to cut my light stand and mount that on my ceiling somehow, but I would prefer to not do that since I only have 2 light stands and would prefer to keep this as cheap as possible. Any ideas would be helpful.

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Oct 04, 2017 14:39 |  #2

Light stands are pretty cheap. You can get a set of two Cowboy Studio stands for $25, probably cheaper than some other DIY methods. Another option would be to mod an adjustable desk lamp like this (external link) one. Much more adjustable.


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Oct 04, 2017 14:51 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #3

Yeah, it looks like the light stand option is the best. That way I don't have to mod anything to hold my flash/umbrella combo.

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Oct 05, 2017 18:40 |  #4

No umbrella functionality, since I just use them for hair lights.

You wanted DIY on the cheap, well, grab a screw from the dirt in the corner of your workshop, pull your included stands out of the cases and there ya go!


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Oct 05, 2017 18:41 |  #5

View of both mounted stands


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Oct 07, 2017 11:34 as a reply to  @ rejay14's post |  #6

That's creative and would work great for a background light, which I currently don't have due to space limitations. Thanks for the idea!




  
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Oct 07, 2017 12:20 |  #7

Not DIY but very effective, and cheap.

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …KFc_D_BwE&is=RE​G&sku=3612 (external link)

I have an idea that would allow movement along a rail (EMT) but haven't put it together yet. I would like to be able to hang the set up in different positions, rather than having a bunch of different rails, but haven't figured it all out yet.


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Oct 07, 2017 20:38 |  #8

david.g.photo84 wrote in post #18467868 (external link)
That's creative and would work great for a background light, which I currently don't have due to space limitations. Thanks for the idea!

Very welcome! Just be sure to drill pilot holes through the stand before putting screws through them.


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Nov 06, 2017 15:32 |  #9

I am late to the party, but here is my setup:

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I believe I got this part from Amazon for ~10$.

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This setup maximizes the height in my fairly low ceiling basement studio.

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Nov 06, 2017 18:48 |  #10

Finished product from the above-mentioned mounts:


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