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!
- 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?)
- Clip-anywhere camera mount — Spring clamps have holes just the right size for a 1/4-inch screw. 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!
- 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.
Not in a DIY kind of mood? You can buy the new commercial version, but the price tag will probably put you in a DIY mood.
So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?