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Archive 2012 · mini lightstand / mini umbrella
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · mini lightstand / mini umbrella

How come no one sells anything like this? Sometimes I need a light source that's bigger than a diffuser cap but not 28" huge (the smallest umbrella I can find). It would be useful for food photography, especially social food photography when the food usually comes with friends, so the lightstand should be able to fit (momentarily) on a table, providing the soft light I need when bounce flash sometimes isn't sufficient. Table-mount umbrella lightstands are also useful for party portraits, since counter/tablespace is often present.

I'm looking for something like a 6-16 inch umbrella with an appropriately-sized lightstand, not any bigger or smaller. The stand should be able to accommodate a regular-sized speedlite (not necessarily suspending it, but be able to fit the umbrella over it).

Dec 19, 2012 at 09:35 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · mini lightstand / mini umbrella

I haven't bothered to look for tiny umbrellas, but I do have these little softboxes that work well and fold flat:



As far as stands, you can get a Manfrotto backlight stand, or a magic arm with a super clamp, or the magic arm kit:



Dec 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · mini lightstand / mini umbrella

The smallest umbrella I know of offhand is the Lastolite Brolly Grip Kit with 20" Umbrella. Soft boxes are easier. We have 30+ 12" or smaller to choose from.

Henry Posner
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Dec 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · mini lightstand / mini umbrella

Brollies are most commonly measured across the arc, so they aren't as big as you may think. But if six inches is hardly going to give you much in the way of light spread, and there are certainly many mini softbox type things that would be easier to work with than a brolly.

Brian A

Dec 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM

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