You know when you buy a speedlight, you get the little foot thingie? Yes, check the flash bag – it’s in there. So what is it for?
First, you can simply mount the flash on that foot and then set it on a table, say, and use it as a remote flash that way. All major camera makers have that ability – you may (on a Canon 5D, say) or may not (on a Canon 60D, 7D or on most Nikon cameras) need another flash on top of the camera to fire the remote flash.
Second, you can attach your flash to a light stand with it. Using this:
The down side of the foot screws onto the gold-coloured screw on top of the mount, and the entire mount now goes onto a light stand. It angles and turns, and it has a holefor an umbrella.
So for a pro umbrella shot, all you would need is:
- A camera, possibly with a high-end master flash on it, like an SB900 or a 600EX;
- A remote flash;
- the foot in the picture above;
- The mount in the picture above;
- A light stand;
- An umbrella.
And of course some simple knowledge – that is what this site is for, and you can complement that with some personal training – a few hours and you know all you need to know. Do that before the festive season and you get pro festive season pictures this year!