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Jan 29, 2010 19:12 |  #1

I'm thinking of making a few of those length of timber in a can full of concrete type portable stands for use in my home studio. Easy and cheap enough to make and use to hold reflectors/backgrounds​/etc. Was wondering if anyone had tried them as a lightstand for speedlights and if so how you attached the speedlight to it? Thought I'd ask here if anyone else had done it to learn from others mistakes.


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Jan 29, 2010 19:49 |  #2

I use them and have actually made several sizes. I like them for several reasons. For one, they take up very little floor space. I have made some with metal electric conduit tubing and some with 1 x 2 inch lumber. I think the ones with 1 x 2 inch lumber are easier to use. I place the lumber on the inside edge of the can and fill the can with sacrete. I use super clamps to hold a range of things. a super clamp with a stud could hold a speed light. I made a few with 6 feet long pieces of lumber. I recommend using 8 feet lengths. A few times, the 6 ft are too short. I also have purchased 5 gallon pails from a big box store. I use two of them to hold my back drop paper. The 5 gallon pails are very heavy and I do not need to add sand bags. I also have some DIY diffusion screen frames made out of pvc. Then I made some sticks in a can with pvc on the inside of the can. I can connect the diffusion screen to the pvc in the can with these connectors http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/RM7280/ (external link)
I simply like how versatile they are and the fact that they are heavy. I do not need to sand bag them to prevent from tipping over. I have also made small ones to hold smaller fill boards for product shoots. Go for it. You can't go wrong for the price. - Jim




  
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Jan 29, 2010 22:33 |  #3

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=-zARqGgHjNc (external link)

Here you go. Watch that video. Exactly what you are talking about.


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Jan 29, 2010 23:57 |  #4

How about some cheep spring clamps to hold the light stuff?
https://photography-on-the.net …ighlight=spring​+clamp+mod


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Jan 30, 2010 05:59 |  #5

Yeah, I got the idea for it after seeing it mentioned elsewhere and directed to the prophotolife videos, he just never seems to put speedlights on there just hot lights.

Mike, I like what you have done there, will have to have a hunt down the local Machine Mart.


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