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Can anyone help me source on the cheap a couple of cantilevered table stands and clamps? I am trying to put together a simple, inexpensive, table top studio setup and can't for the life of me find anything at a sensible price. I know that there are many people out there who are very creative when it comes to this sort of thing, so hoping someone can help.
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What do you call 'inexpensive'? How much weight do they need to carry?
Something like this?
Or one of these and strip the lamp off
And screw a couple of these onto the arm?
Alternatively, you could buy some metal or wooden roads and a few of these:
Many thanks, Mike, have had a look at all of your suggestions and the search on ebay led me to some Photo Studio Lighting Stand Magic Clamps with flexible arms, which look to be just what I need, and only a little over £10 each too. Just need them to be able to hold reflectors/diffusers and the like, so no weight to speak of. I think they will probably do the job nicely.
I have built up quite a flexible table-top set-up with a mixture of old retort-stands, bosses and clamps from eBay and £5 compact camera tripods from Lidl and Aldi.
As Mike has linked, B&Q are great, I bought a bag full of plastic clamps of various sizes for a couple of quid. Get yourself some sellotape, bluetac, large sheets of Black / white card.
Tin foil makes great reflectors, as do mirrors, bits of card, polystyrene packaging. Use you imagination you can use an old coat / jumper as a backdrop. I've seen sweet wrappers used to "gel" lights.
You can get simple lights too from B&Q - just go down and explore - a white sheet / muslin makes a good diffuser. As for lighting the one that comes free everytime you open the curtains is pretty good.
I dont often "do" still lifes but I played around over Christmas - I doubt all the bits and bobs I used cost more than £5 all in.
I do tend to try to do things on the cheap when I can, we were sending an old TV unit to the tip and I took the smoked glass doors off before it went, hoping to be able to make use of one of those for some 'floating' images! Doesn't come much cheaper than that.
I've been trying to get my kids to pinch some chemistry test tube clamps from school for ages!
Found lots of scientific retort stands around for about £4, clamps seem pretty cheap too, but I wanted something cantilevered, which was more tricky. The ones I have found on eBay have a clamp on each end and are fully flexible, so lots of potential and uses. I may end up having to buy a couple of retort stands too but am going to wait until they arrive and see if I can manage without.
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