If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you likely know that I use hot shoe flashes (speedlights) for location lighting. In order to put those awesome little light sources on a stand, you have to have some sort of bracket. Tilting umbrella brackets are really helpful because they give us the ability to tilt our light source on the stand and provide a means to also mount an umbrella to that stand.
When I first started out with off camera flash, I bought some fairly inexpensive umbrella brackets, and while they did the trick, left quite a lot to be desired. Nor did they inspire confidence as the cold shoe gaps are rather large, allowing the flashes to move and wobble around in the cold shoe.
Check out this image with my notes to see what I’m talking about:
Becoming more and more frustrated, I searched out a new umbrella bracket and that’s when I came upon the LumoPro LP633. I’ve only been able to find them at one dealer, and that’s Midwest Photo Exchange. They sell for $17.95 each (only $4.00 more than previous choice) and they’re worth every penny!
These little bad boys are shorter, have a more stable tilting mechanism, and they utilize a spring-loaded plate to maintain even pressure on the side of the flash’s hot shoe, holding it securely in place.
Take a look for yourself:
So if you’re looking for a solid and decently compact umbrella bracket, I would take a serious look at the LP633 that you can pick up from Midwest Photo Exchange. (Note: Westcott sells the same bracket under their name, for $29.95 as priced from B&H Photo.)