I really needed a light to help me brighten up my sets in specific locations when I am taking pictures, and since I change locations when shooting I needed something that could be easily set up and moved when needed. This light will compliment the other lights I already own and will help boost any dark areas in a set.
Here's how I modified this hot shoe LED array to work with a 1/4" threaded connection, the same connection found on the underside of almost all cameras, and on tripod mounts. Making this LED array powerful and portable.
Step 1: Unbox and Cut Hot Shoe
The hot shoe clip for this LED array is made of molded plastic and is part of the housing. I was able to use a rotary tool to cleanly remove the hot shoe tab and leave a reasonably smooth, level surface.
Step 2: Block
I chose to make a new camera mount by embedding the 1/4" threaded connection inside a LEGO brick. I cut the top nubs off the brick with a rotary tool, then smoothed the surface. Then I drilled a 10mm opening through to middle of the brick for the threaded connection. When drilling, the inside plastic post of the LEGO brick also came out.
Using the rotary tool again, I cut a shallow channel in the LED array where the hot shoe tab was, this channel is the same dimension as the LEGO brick. Seating the brick inside this channel will allow for greater epoxy adhesion and a more solid connection.
Step 3: Epoxy
More epoxy was used to secure the threaded assembly to the underside of the LED array.
Once the pieces were fitted a clamp was used to hold the LED array in place. The epoxy was left to set overnight.
I've used this on my mini tripod (shown here) and on my much larger tripod. Now I can have easy, bright, portable lighting anywhere I need it!