Some photographers aren’t big fans of using flash or light modifiers. It can be for a varying number of reasons as well; it doesn’t suit their style, they’re not comfortable using flash, or they’re worried about having bulky stands. As a working professional, a photographer should have at least the basic lighting plan to be able to capture the day with ease, and while high-end cameras may be flexible enough to capture images in poorly lit environments, it is a game of compromises.
To get full control, it’s essential to put the flashes where you want them, when you need them. This article will talk about the options available to you for holding your speedlights and off-camera flash without the use of stands.
Human Light Stands
These voice activated light stands as Tether Tools Pro Joe McNally lights to call them, can help you move swiftly, and easily change lighting setups on the fly.
That said, most people won’t know how to position the light so another photographer or an experienced photographer is required.
Mounting Your Flash with RapidMounts
From tight spaces to indoor fill light the RapidMount SLX shines for mounting your speedlite without a stand. If you have a flat, vertical surface, such as a wall or window, you have a place to mount your speedlight.
The SLX is a multi-surface speedlight holder that mounts off-camera flashes to a wall and other surfaces using the included specially-formulated, pressure-activated RapidMount adhesive strips. The SLX stays securely attached to the wall while the arms cradle your speedlight and drawstring keeps it in place.
The SLX secures an off-camera flash directly to any smooth, lightly textured or painted surface such as drywall, veneer, glass, mirror, laminate, fiberglass, metal, tile, porcelain and marble using the included specially-formulated, pressure-activated RapidStrips, which remove without damage, or leaving any residue.
Point the flash head straight up to use the ceiling as a large reflector to increase overall light in your scene. This will allow you to shoot with a lower ISO. You can also point the flash head to use it as a kicker or rim light or add a modifier like from Rogue, MagMod or others to create a nice key or fill light.
Great for location shoots, the RapidMount SLX combined with flash modifiers can ensure light in just the right spot. The RapidMount SLX is simple to setup, allowing speedlights to be mounted quickly, providing professional, gorgeous lighting in a way that has never been possible before.
Watch now as photographer Jared Platt lights up a venue with the speedlights and the RapidMount SLX.
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