Quick and Easy Boom


Here's a quick DIY alternative to buying an expensive boom for your studio strobe lights. You can use this pretty much the same way you'd use a normal boom, except you're limited to a 90˚ boom angle. Other than that, it's easy to achieve overhead lighting without having to shell out a hundred bucks or more for a good boom stand.



There are a couple of important points to keep in mind, though. If you plan on using larger studio strobes or heavy softboxes and the like, this method probably isn't for you. Also, never use a boom without an adequate counterweight or your model may feel like they're working under pressure. (Okay, I officially suck at telling jokes.)

A Bogen Super Clamp is all it takes to load up a lightweight stand (a Manfrotto 3330 here) as the boom. Clamp it right above the leg section. Since the only adjustment you'll be able to make is rotating the boom parallel to the floor, go ahead and set up whatever equipment you want on the boom before you raise it up. And you should probably load a counterweight before you raise it up, too. In this picture I used a 3-pound ankle weight that you can find in most fitness equipment stores.

The base stand is a Manfrotto 3336 and at 11' it has enough height to accomodate shooting through an umbrella directly over a 6' model. Having a tall stand also buys you a little more stability with its wide legs. And even with a counterweight, it's a good idea to always keep the boom hanging directly over one of the legs.

That's it for now. Have you done anything like this? Let us know!

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