I love having portable off camera flashes but sometimes the light stands are just too bulky and awkward to strap on your backpack. As I was preparing for a mountain shoot that required me to pedal up the mountain I thought I would really test out the "Jaws" flex clamp from GoPro. I knew I was going to need some extra flash power to compensate for the harsh lighting and there was no way I was packing light stands. The idea was to clamp my off camera flashes to trees instead of stands. I made a temporary mount shoe-gopro using a zip tie, an 8mm bolt and gaffer tape. Now that I know this works I will work on a more permanent mount. This is a great lightweight, pack friendly solution. I would note that with a Nikon sb900 and Pocket Wizzard attached it gets a little flimsy but it's a little flimsy on a light stand too.
|This will support itself right side up on the right branch. I actually shot with it right side up but didn't take pictures of it set up.|
|Without off camera flashes. I hate blown out sky/background.||Much better with some extra fire power.|
|I only had one flex clamp. The shadow on the riders arm could have been eliminated if this flash was in a tree instead of on the ground.|