Off-camera flash is one of the most effective ways to introduce extra light into your shots – and particularly if you are being forced to work indoors. 

However, with one hand taken up by holding the camera and the other directing the light, it’s often a juggling act to get the composition and the direction of the lighting to work in harmony. 

The solution is to use a simple flash clamp, which you could make at home – with bits you may well have lying around. We converted a spring clamp (usually used for DIY) using a bolt, a few nuts and washers, a mini ball head we found in a drawer, and a handy cold shoe adapter called a Frio. You can find links for stores offering the key components online, if you don’t have these.

(Image credit: Digital Camera Magazine)

1: Prepare the clamp

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