Light Stand in a Pinch: Your Shoe

This is exactly why I like doing these little exercises. You always learn something new.

Today's smack-my-forehead moment is courtesy of Daniel Berman, who used his sneaker as a makeshift light stand. If you need a quick way to mount a kicker or background flash, and you wear shoes, you're good to go.

Two things to consider:

You might want to just shove the foot of the flash down into the heel of the shoe to friction mount the flash so you can use the tilt/swivel to point it any way you want.

Also, while this makes a sweet little low-level light support, there's no reason you could not put it on a shelf, or on top of a partially opened door.

An added bennie for me: The mere act of removing one of my shoes would tend to quickly clear the room of any meddlesome onlookers.



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Blogger Daniel said...

Shoe Mount Flash!

March 29, 2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Burningarrow said...


March 29, 2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm - if it hadn't been after midnight I might have thought of going for the mower-wheel stand, but hotshoe it is!


March 29, 2007 6:12 PM  
Blogger bradj said...

Oh, you guys crack me up!

You can also use a shoe as a tripod in a pinch. The curve of the top of the shoe lets you angle your camera to some degree.

March 30, 2007 11:59 AM  
Blogger Peter Bryenton said...

Yes, using anything to hand (or foot) is a great way to keep costs down:

Thanks for this useful resource.

Peter Bryenton

April 01, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Shaun Krisher said...

hi David,

Just wanted to tell your readers that I found a kick ass little kick light stand for just $1. You can even keep your shoes on.


February 16, 2008 5:07 PM  

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