Build your own Dual Flash Mount
Sometimes two flashes are better than one flash when taking a photo. If you want to use two flashes, then you will need to use a dual flash mount. Buying a dual flash mount is possible, but they can be quite costly. A much cheaper and more rewarding solution is to make your own.
Building a dual flash mount is very easy and shouldn't be a problem for anyone with reasonable DIY skills. Of course, if you don't know a hammer from a screwdriver, then you might not want to attempt this project.
- 1/4" Drill Bit
- Flat Aluminum Bar - Big enough to support 2 flashes
- 2 x Wing Nuts
- Hot shoe Mount
- 2 x Flashes
- Tripod Screw
Step 1: Collecting the Equipment
Most of the equipment required to build your dual flash mount is actually very simple and you shouldn't have to look hard to find it. Your local DIY store should have all the hardware you require, and a friendly camera shop should be able to supply the tripod screw and hot shoe mount. All of the supplies could be purchased from the Internet if you prefer.
Step 2: Measuring and Cutting
Work out how far apart you want the flashes to be and mark the aluminum bar accordingly. Then, using a saw, you will be able to cut the aluminum bar to the required length.
Step 3: Drilling Holes
Three holes need to be drilled in the aluminum section. First, it's a good idea to measure and mark the location of each of these holes before drilling. One hole needs to be located in the centre and another two holes either side for the flashes. Once these have been marked and they are in the right position, you can then drill a 1/4" hole in each place.
When you are finished, you should have an aluminum bar the right length with three holes drilled through it. One should be central and the other two should be evenly spaced.
Step 4: Assembly
Now, all that's left to do is assemble all of the components together so that you can mount it on the tripod. Start by attaching the tripod screw adapter to the bottom of the aluminum bar using the screw and screwdriver. Push the wing nuts through the aluminum bar with a washer between the bar and the nut to prevent wear. The flash mounts can be secured to the aluminum bar using the hot shoe adapters and the flashes can be clipped in when you're ready to start taking photos.
Secure the flash mount on the top of a tripod by tightening the tripod screw. Check that the whole thing is stable and that it will comfortably support both of the flashes.
Step 5: Wiring to Camera
The flashes then need to be wired up to your camera so that they are automatic and will go off when the shutter button is pressed. The flashes should come with the leads required to connect these to the camera. It's a fairly simple project to adapt these to work two flashes at the same time by doing some fairly simple wiring.
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