Gel Clip Extension Spigot
As many of you will know when shooting off-camera flash on location, conventional tripod lighting stands can be a real pain to position on uneven ground or place close enough to the subject without intruding into your frame. The solution is a lighting accessory boom which can be expensive, so here at Gel Clip we have developed a simple solution for off-camera flash and fans of Strobist lighting techniques - the Gel Clip Extension Spigot.
The Gel Clip extension Spigot has been designed to transform a relatively inexpensive paint roller extension pole into a photography lighting boom with an industry standard 16mm or 5/8th inch spigot which will accept the majority of off-camera flash, hot shoe flash and Strobist accessories with the compatible 16mm or 5/8th inch fitting.
It mounts either in line . . .
. . . or at 90 degrees and secured with a thumb knob to prevent twisting or movement.
Gel Clip Extension Spigot with Manfrotto 026 Lite Tite Swivel Umbrella Adapter
and Enlight Photo Frio cold shoe adaptor.
Also fits portable battery flash such as Elinchrom Ranger Quadra!
Ben and I have been using a prototype of the Extension Spigot for over year so we know it works. I opted for the Harris painters extension pole as it has locking grips which are easy to use with gloved hands - you have to think about your assistant, partner, VAL (Voice-Activated Light stand) when it's cold;-)
The Gel Clip Extension Spigot is only available from selected independent photography accessory resellers:
Painters extension poles are available from any number of outlets, both on the ground and online:
I strongly recommend that you ONLY buy a pole with a metal thread, the less expensive plastic variety will break under load.
As well as fitting standard painters extension poles, the Gel Clip Extension Spigot will also fit 19 mm tubing, including the kind you buy in DIY stores for making clothing rails.
Applications for the Gel Clip Extension Spigot are endless - use 2 or more on a 19mm rod to create a powerful TTL off camera flash; use a 19 mm rail as a background support rail and attach a Gel Clip Extension Spigot at each end of the rail to attach back lights or other accessories; attach multiple Gel Clip Extension Spigots with Speedlites or other flash units to a single rail to create a broad and soft diffused light bank; attach to a lighting stand using a couple of Manfrotto Super Clamps to take the load from your VAL - just remember that someone will need to balance the end away from the gear so the whole shebang doesn't tip over!
Happy snapping and let's see what images you can create with the help of the Gel Clip Extension Spigot.