13 Best Photographic Lighting Mounting Hardware

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Photographic Lighting Mounting Hardware in 2020


Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw - Gray

Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw - Gray
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

LimoStudio Super Clamp with Standard Stud for Photo Photography Studio, AGG1108

LimoStudio Super Clamp with Standard Stud for Photo Photography Studio, AGG1108
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • [1 pc] Super Clamp / [1 pc] Metal Stud 1/4" & 3/8"
  • Solid Die-cast Metal Material
  • Holds: Lights, Umbrellas, Hooks, Shelves, Plate glass, Cross Bars

Extension Arm for HPS, CFL and MH Dusk-to-Dawn Lights

Extension Arm for HPS, CFL and MH Dusk-to-Dawn Lights
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Size: 24"
  • Diameter: 2"
  • Aluminum arm with hardware
  • Fits most dusk to dawn area security lights
  • Weather resistant for outdoor use

Neewer Photography Photo Studio Video Wall Ceiling Mount 5/8" Stud with 1/4" Thread

Neewer Photography Photo Studio Video Wall Ceiling Mount 5/8
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • This Light stand adapter is great for wall and ceiling mount.
  • Wall Mount Stud 5/8".
  • 1/4" Thread on top.
  • Great for Studio setting.
  • A neccessory tool for photpgraphy video shooting. Note: the strobe light is not included!

LimoStudio 20 PCS Photography Backdrop Support Spring Clamp for Background Muslin, Canvas, Paper, Chromakey Screen, Heavy Duty Clip, Photo Studio, AGG1424V2

LimoStudio 20 PCS Photography Backdrop Support Spring Clamp for Background Muslin, Canvas, Paper, Chromakey Screen, Heavy Duty Clip, Photo Studio, AGG1424V2
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • [20 x] Backdrop Support Spring Clamp
  • 3.75 Inch Long
  • 2 Inch Opening Jaw
  • Multi Functional: Photo Studio / Woodwork / Artwork
  • Rounded Handle for Comfortable Grip

Kupo TVMP - (TV to Motion Picture) Adapter KG005412

Kupo TVMP - (TV to Motion Picture) Adapter KG005412
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Only products purchased from authorized dealers such as Amazon.com are eligible for an extended 3 year warranty. 5 years in all.

Manfrotto 196B-2 143BKT 2-Section Single Articulated Arm with Camera Bracket (Black)

Manfrotto 196B-2 143BKT 2-Section Single Articulated Arm with Camera Bracket (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Swiveling arm; each section is separately locked. Length: 23.6".
  • Comes with removable 143BKT Camera Bracket.
  • 2 Section, 5/8" spigot.
  • Bottom attachment: 5/8 spigot with 1/4" thread (compatible with Superclamp).

pangshi 11inch Adjustable Articulating Friction Magic Arm & Large Super Clamp Compatible with DSLR Camera Rig, LED Lights, Flash Light, LCD Monitor

pangshi 11inch Adjustable Articulating Friction Magic Arm & Large Super Clamp Compatible with DSLR Camera Rig, LED Lights, Flash Light, LCD Monitor
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Magic Arm size: 6.45*5.11inch. Material: stainless steel & aluminum alloy. Max load: 10kg/22lb.
  • With a 360 swivel head at the end of the 11 INCH magic arm makes you a comfortable use when you need any angle of the device.
  • Super Clamp is a very versatile and useful tool especially for holding LCD Field Monitor and DSLR Camera.
  • This is a professional 11 inch articulating arm perfect for LED light, LCD monitor or flash light etc on cameras.
  • This precise and durable designed magic arm with locking control knobs to release or enlarge the tension which can give all position movement.

Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter

Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite Umbrella Adapter
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Easily attaches an umbrella to your light stand.
  • Tilting feature adds adjustability to light and umbrella.

Neewer 2 Pieces Standard 1/4 to 3/8 inch Metal Male Convertor Threaded Screw Adapter Spigot Stud for Studio Light Stand, Hotshoe/Coldshoe Adapter, Ball Head, Wireless Flash Receiver, Trigger

Neewer 2 Pieces Standard 1/4 to 3/8 inch Metal Male Convertor Threaded Screw Adapter Spigot Stud for Studio Light Stand, Hotshoe/Coldshoe Adapter, Ball Head, Wireless Flash Receiver, Trigger
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Attachable to a range of different photography accessories such as studio light stand, hotshoe/coldshoe adapters, ball heads, wireless flash receivers, triggers and more
  • Precision made spigot with 1/4" male to 3/8" male threaded screw adapter
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble by hand
  • All-metal material, electroplated surface, anti-wear, anti-oxidation, durable features
  • Approx. Dimension: 2.8inches/7cm, Weight: 5.8oz/164g

Streamlight 88709 Super TAC X Flashlight - 200 Lumens

Streamlight 88709 Super TAC X Flashlight - 200 Lumens
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • IPX4 Rated design. water-resistant
  • Serialized for positive identification
  • LED Solid State circuitry provides regulated light output throughout battery life
  • Removable pocket clip
  • Operates with remote switches

Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm without Camera Bracket (Black)

Manfrotto 244N Variable Friction Magic Arm without Camera Bracket (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Large locking knob for ease of use.
  • Variable tension by knob adjustment.
  • supports up to 6lbs.

LimoStudio Clamp Clip Holder Light Stand Mount Bracket with Umbrella Reflector Holder & Female Screw Adapter Thread Brass Photography Studio, AGG1809

LimoStudio Clamp Clip Holder Light Stand Mount Bracket with Umbrella Reflector Holder & Female Screw Adapter Thread Brass Photography Studio, AGG1809
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Contents: Clamp Clip Holder Light Stand Mounting Bracket with Umbrella Slot / Female Screw Adapter Thread Brass, Standard 1/4" & 3/8"
  • Black / Metal & Aluminum / 5.9" Height
  • Compatible with Any Light Stand
  • Able to Hold Umbrella Reflector

Cameras: Flash Photography Tips

Suggestions for improving flash photography.

Some cameras, such as the Minolta F10BF, have an automatic flash feature which cannot be shut off. This feature lets the camera determine whether the flash should be used or not, depending upon how much light is available. While this is convenient when it works correctly, sometimes cameras have poorer judgement than skilled photographers as to whether or not a flash is necessary. One way to remedy this is to remove the batteries when you don't want to use the flash, although this won't work if you are using a motorized camera. Some external units (sometimes called a "computer flash") have an automatic setting like this, but it can usually be switched off. A few cameras, mostly disposables, have flashes which always fire regardless of the light. These cameras should be avoided unless you only conduct dim indoor or nighttime photography.

Using a flash is often necessary indoors, but not always. Photography in a room with rather bright lighting or large windows may not require a flash, especially if your camera can be set to a lower aperture (f-stop) setting. If you are using a digital camera, even at night, try taking a photo with all of the room's lights on first. If it is still too dark, then use a flash. Light provided by windows or ceiling lights may be preferable, as it is less likely to produce washed out, red-eye, or shadowed images.

Some units (both built-in and external) will hold their charge and fire on the next shot even if you turn them off beforehand. This can cause the unit to fire when you take a photograph you don't want it for, right after a photo in which you did need to use it. Try to turn the built-in or external flash off immediately after the shot you need a flash for. If the unit has a fast "recycling time" (becomes ready to fire again very quickly), you may not be able to turn it off before it is ready to flash again. In this case, on external units, press the test button before your next shot (after turning it off) to discharge the flash without taking a photo. Test buttons usually aren't marked and are often red or transparent plastic, sometimes with the ready light inside them. The test button is usually located on the hot shoe mount (handle-mount unit) or on the back (top-mounted unit). For a built-in flash which holds the extra charge in this manner, the charge will eventually be lost if you wait long enough.

If you want to try using an adjustable-angle flash unit, this needn't be very expensive. Units of this type, such as the Weston W-18 (a.k.a. Cortland C-18) and some Rokinon models can occasionally be purchased for less than $20 online, especially at eBay.com. Try searching for "variable angle flash" or "adjustable flash". In addition to some top-mounted units, handle-mount flashes may also have an adjustable angle, but some only point straight ahead. However, adjustable units are usually larger than those which aren't adjustable, making them less likely to be used for unexpected photography.

Keeping these tips in mind should help you improve your flash photography.

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