3 Tricks to Turn a Spring Clamp Into Your Best Photo Accessory

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The glorious spring clamp: helper of hobbyists, buddy of builders, crony of carpenters.

And now, we have 3 ways to make it the most useful object a photographer can have!

1. Instant fill light — Use a clamp to hold a piece of mirror or white cardstock when photographing small items.

Bouncing light off a card fills in shadows and instantly makes any shot better. (Ya hear that, Ebayers?)

2. Clip-anywhere camera mount — Spring clamps have holes just the right size for a 1/4-inch screw (the same as a standard tripod mount). Convenient, eh?

Use a thumbscrew and your camera’s tripod mount to attach your camera to the clamp. Then clip it anywhere a regular tripod can’t reach!

You can fancy it up by attaching a mini tripod head, or use an umbrella adapter to hold a flash unit.

3. Portable lighting stand — Need a bit more flexibility? Use a length of Loc-Line tubing to create a clamp mount with a flexible arm that holds a flash unit.

So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?

Photo credits: Matthew G. Monroe, six million dollar dan