7.08.2017

A quick video about a useful flash adapting product. Go Godox.


Godox All Purpose Flash Bracket from Kirk Tuck on Vimeo.

This device is great for mounting small and medium softboxes and all but the biggest and heaviest umbrellas. I love using it to mount speed lights to umbrellas because the flash reflector is positioned almost in the middle of the umbrella. It's about $20. How can you go wrong?

9 comments:

Michael Matthews said...

OK, assuming once again the role of #1 sycophant I have to say that's brilliant. Not the device, the production and presentation. I hope this doesn't signal the end of the written blog. But that was one easy going, laid back, comfortable bit of one-on-one video.

Fred said...

Hi Kirk,
Interesting bracket....and fun vlog episode. Casey Neistat had better watch out :-).
Fred

Anonymous said...

Kirk

I don't know if it's the lighting, camera, or what; Your skin tone is better in this video. Audio and sharpness is good. But the improvement in skin tone stands out.

Jay

Frank Grygier said...

More Video Blogs please. This was great. Do Youtube too!

Kirk Tuck said...

Thanks All for the great feedback. Jay, I was using the Panasonic FZ2500; it really nails colors very well. Helps that there was no real mixed light.

Frank, you got it. Thanks for the encouragement.

MM, Good praise coming from you. Love it.

Fred, Thanks. I'll be more organized next time.

Mark Davidson said...

I have several of these adapters and find them very useful.

On a broader note, as a still photographer, I have migrated entirely to Godox because of two things.

1. Li-ion batteries in all flashes from a Speedlight to 600Ws strobes. Endless location power, cord free.
2. Excellent radio trigger architecture that is both long range and reliable. Add to that the fact that the clip-on receivers of earlier models run on the power of the flash and thus need no batteries.

They have also upgraded their line of transmitters to 2.4 Ghz and more transmitter features without stranding the legacy users.

Godox (and their Flashpoint branded brethren at Adorama) are the first line of truly integrated products in location flash.

Wally said...

I have one and bought a Paul Buff adapter ring and use on a Phottix 24 inch beauty dish. I can use with conventional flash too by changing adapter rings. For $18-$24 depending on who you get these from they can't be beaten.

Joel said...

I too use these brackets and love them. For anyone using the newer ad200s, they are coming out with a dual ad200 bracket - https://www.adorama.com/fplfevtwin.html?utm_source=rflaid68302

It's $60, so 3x the price, but serves a slightly different purpose.

Brad Nichol said...


I agree entirely with your comments on the Bell Curve. I've taught well over 10,000 people people photography face to face and the great majority own either Canon or Nikon gear, but in the past two years or so the tide for both of these brands has been rapidly moving out as far as dominance in my classes go.

I'd say the majority of students who've recently bought into Nikon and Canon DSLRs before coming to me are just not that well informed, they simply made the default purchase, probably with guidance from the nice guy at the counter of the local big box store.

The really telling aspect to all this is that as soon as these students become exposed to EVFs, small form but high grade M4/3 bodies/lenses etc they start claiming they'd bought the wrong camera and should have attended a class first. I suspect the Canon/Nikon DSLR camera dominance is teetering very close to a rapid and messy decent, there honestly aren't many compelling reasons for the average consumer and even many professional shooters to buy into the DSLR camera form.

The secret to great result from smaller sensor cameras is no a secret at all, as you've said, it just requires proper technique. I'd say the one advantage of larger sensor gear is a little more tolerance of poor exposure and white balance, but then again larger sensor cameras are generally are more demanding of focus accuracy and stabilisation systems don't work near as well as they do for the small sensor gear, so swings and roundabouts.

Ultimately many of my students claim their camera choice was all about getting that "shallow depth of field" look, but I agree Kirk, it's a bit of a one trick pony and even worse it can become an excuse for poor technique and a lack of creativity.

On the issue of DOF, I have no doubt that Apple will crack that nut, most of the technology to do so exists right now. I'd much rather shoot with more detail than required and then selectively control the "DOF" rendering in post. You can't put back detail that wasn't recorded in the first place but you can quite easily adjust a "DOF rendering" to taste from a fully detailed original image and probably do it with a lot more subtlety and control as well.

I've many DOF sim'd iPhone 6S images on my new instagram account, these are all done manually (check mainly the portraits. I'm putting this page together in prep for some iPhone shooting books I have coming up, the first one is on DNG but at present there's no info linked etc and I've only tagged the first 15 or so pics at this point.

If you want to check the pics out look for "zerooneimaging" or iPhoneraw01 on instagram

Basically I think don't think the DOF sim'd pics give much away to DSLR stuff and when I've applied the same techniques to M4/3 stuff the results have been perfect for pretty much any need, and for an experienced editor it's actually pretty quick to do.

It's only a matter of time before Photoshop or some other software has some easy way to automatically or semi automatically do this "Doffy stuff", the combination of that method for 1' and M4/3 stuff plus "in iPhone" options will render the last great reason for most people owning and using DSLRs null and void. I think the focus speed/accuracy stuff is already pretty much settled with the latest high end 4/3 gear and the next RX10 will probably go one or knowing Sony, two steps better again.

PS: Kirk, If the link suggestion is an issue by all means amend the post to remove it and the related commentary.