DIY Photography PVC Triple Flash Adapter


Hal Robertson is at it again. Here's a simple, cheap, but extremely effective way to get a more diffused and powerful flash while staying portable. Using mainly PVC parts to assemble this cross shaped mount, it hold three individual camera Flashes. You can find more detailed photos at the Flickr page here:[email protected]/5201859448/in/set-72157625453539100/


Why would you want so many flashes in one umbrella? There's a bunch of good reasons why. First, you're harnessing much more power in a small lightweight package. In order to get more power on location with real studio strobes, that normally means carrying a heavy battery. Secondly, instead of firing one flash at full power, you would fire three flashes at a lower power so that your recycle times are much much faster. Third and probably most important for some high shutter shooters out there is the ability to use HSS. Most studio strobes can't support the bursts of HSS to sync at just about any shutter speed. When using HSS, you can fire the flash at almost any shutter speed but this will reduce it's power output. By adding up three flashes, you'll be able to support HSS while still giving plenty of light spread to your subject. [Thanks Hal]

In order to make mounting easier and still support some tilt action for light position, you'll need a tilt mount. Normally these things run between 30-40 dollars, but here's one I tracked down for about 10 bucks.
find-price-button Positionable Tilt Umbrella Adapter Flash Photography

Don't forget you'll need some of them little Flash Shoe Adapters too which are dirt cheap.
find-price-button Cold Hot Flash Shoe Adapters

4 thoughts on “DIY Photography PVC Triple Flash Adapter

  1. Hey Emm. I followed your link for the Cold Hot Flash Shoe Adapters and it takes me to ebay listings for the other shoe adapters. Not the ones pictured and the one pictured on this page, I can't find. I found some on ebay, but they are like $5-10 and are real hot shoe adapters, not just for mounting thinks.

    I build myself a DSLR cage/fig rig based on your design, and want to add shoe adapters, so I can mount my LED lights and MIC.

    So, where is a good place to buy these simple shoe adapters? Do you have another link that would get better results on ebay?


  2. Emm

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    @cwow - I used to use Quantum Turbo batteries, but they were just one more thing to charge up, heavy to carry around, and then support on a light stand. Sure they are good for taking hundreds of photos, but there are ways to get 'faster recycle times'.

    First, get yourself a good flash with a large capacitor. The higher end flashes like the 580 models have the larger capacitor. This means it can store more of a battery charge to fire off more flashes before the capacitor is depleted. On smaller flash models, there's a longer delay between shots because of the smaller capacitor.

    Second, don't shoot full power. Full power will drain all your reserve and will take a while to get back to full. If you shoot at lower power settings, you can fire off flashes practically without any delay.

    If you're not shooting full power, and the lighting is not enough, then you can move your flash closer or even double up your flash setup. For me this was the best solution because I didn't need to carry any extra weight keeping my setup fast and light.

  3. cwow

    Hey Emm,

    Loving the blog as always, and this entry in particular. I am all about the off camera flash setups.

    But i was wondering in addition to the eneloop's as the 4 main batteries in the camera. I have the need for off-camera battery source for quicker recycle times as i shoot fast.

    Spending $150 on the canon Cp_E4 check out link below, just doesn't seem reasonable.

    Do you have any off brand power packs or other solutions that you can recommend or have tried/use?

    thanks so much.

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