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07-08-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
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Attaching flash/light stand to fence railing

Hello everyone, so I have been asked to take some portrait style pictures of a couple horseback riders and their horses. These will be outside in their arena. I am wanting to use a flash or two (horseback riders say there is no problem with that). But I'm trying to figure out how the heck I am going to attach the light stand (Impact) to the metal arena railing. I was first thinking of a C clamp but I don't think I would be able to attach the stand to the standard C Clamp. Does anyone have any suggestions of how I would be able to accomplish this?

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Well, you can always just use a rope and tie the stands to the posts.
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Good idea, because I bought a bunch of those that are a loop and then go back through a knobby thing. That might work. I will give that a shot this afternoon and see if it is stable enough. Thanks.
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You can also use something like foam between the stand and fence to get more stability and prevent damaging the stands.

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Bungee cords, ideally with balls.
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Thanks, I did use bungee cords with the balls on the end and it worked great. I secured the stand in three places on one of the metal fence posts and attached my flashes, extended the light stand and they held up pretty well till I tried putting the umbrella on. That didn't work very well. I might have to try the little bounce/diffuser that clamps onto the flash head and see how much it softens the light. Thanks for the ideas everyone.

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Manfrotto Super Clamp is made for this sort of thing and not overly expensive (about $30). I have one and have used it with a ballhead and K-30 on metal railing. It will attach to about anything that fits the jaw.

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Thanks Tom, I will look into that clamp if I start having problems with my current set up.

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+1 for the super clamps -- great to carry in any flash kit.

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