The main goal for this project was to create a fully adjustable bracket for a flashgun that left me with plenty of room for accessories
This project cost me less then £5
Step 1: Materials Needed
1x Flash bracket - www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flash-hot-Shoe-Umbrella-Holder-Swivel-Light-Stand-Bracket-B-For-Nikon-Canon-DSLR-/330713337171?pt=UK_Photography_Flash_Brackets&hash=item4d000d0d53- or just search for a 'Flash bracket' on Ebay or Amazon and buy a similar looking one
1x 5mm Plywood - at least 10cmx15cm
4x Nuts and Bolts - 3mm wide x 20mm long
1x Sheet of Non-Slip Material - Anything will do, I used what I had available
1x Ball Bungee Cord or a large, thick elastic band - Search on Ebay for 'Ball Bungee Cord'
Tools Needed -
Saw - Something with a fine tooth so it wont damage the wood too much
Drill Bits (3mm and 8mm)
Safety Goggles - Always important!
Pen or pencil
Sandpaper - Nothing too fancy, just to smooth the edges
Glue - Something that will not damage the non-slip material, I would use a latex or spray adhesive
Step 2: Measure and Cut the Wood
Step 3: Mark the Holes
Length-ways, mark the wood 5cm in from one end and 4.5cm from the other.
Width-ways, mark the wood 1cm in.
Step 4: Drill the Holes
Tip - Make sure you sandwich some wood underneath to keep the holes neat when drilling!
Pro tip - Wear goggles when using power tools!
Step 5: Mark and Cut the Notches
Tip - I found that cutting the notches with a slight angle made the process of taking the bungee cord on and off quicker while still keeping the flashgun securely in place when needed.
Step 6: Disassemble the Bracket Assembly
You can discard the metal top piece and the screws or keep them for another project.
Step 7: Measure and Drill the Bracket Holes
Tip - I placed the holes towards the 4.5cm notches, about 3cm away from the edge, this is so when it is finished and the flash and umbrella are mounted, it will help to balance out the weight of the entire apparatus.
Step 8: Sand the Edges Smooth
Step 9: Paint It All
Tip - Do not paint in an enclosed space
Step 10: Bolt It All Together
Do not worry too much about leaving the bolt heads exposed as this will be covered in the next step.
Step 11: Cut and Attach the Non-Stick Material
Tip -The only non-slip material I had at hand was this checkerboard material so I used that. If you are doing this project, I would recommend trying to find some self adhesive rubber material to make it look more professional.
Pro Tip - When gluing the material to the wood, make sure the glue will not melt the rubber! Otherwise you will have a horrible mess on your hands! If in doubt use a latex or adhesive craft spray mount!
Step 12: How to Attach the Flashgun
- Place the flashgun on top of the non-slip material
- Take the elastic cord and hook it through the notches you cut
- Wrap it over the top of the flashgun
- And finally hook it onto the notches on the other side, simple!