Does anyone of you have an elegant solution or product in mind to use as a handheld mono pole for on-location use with a spigot for attaching a strobe head with a soft box?

I could use a broom stick and a manfrotto super clamp, but maybe there are better solutions. Especially for the person holding the thing.

  • What is the weight/mass of the light and modifier? There's a significant difference between a small speedlite with a small, portable softbox and a studio monolight with a large studio style softbox. – Michael C Aug 4 '20 at 13:27
  • A broom stick is not elegant... or safe. You do not want your photoshoot ruined by dropint a light on the head of anyone. – Rafael Aug 4 '20 at 15:56

A light stand?

As an assistant I have used a light stand with it's legs collapsed in order to hold a strobe with a soft box attached over a location that was difficult to set fixed stands in place. It has the necessary stud/spigot for a strobe built on to it. In fact having the legs on it but collapsed help to keep the pole from rotating due to the weight (gravity) of the soft box, they help to aim the soft box for directing the light to where it is needed.

A boom pole off of a studio light boom.

A Monopod with stud adapter screwed onto the head.

If you are on a budget you can look for used monopods or equipment and get the proper stud/adapter from a photo equip supplier. Maybe an old light stand and remove the legs for a dedicated boom. (I say leave the legs on for control)

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    A light stand is by far the best option. When the assistant is tired or needs to do someting else the light can just... stand. – Rafael Aug 4 '20 at 15:55
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    And some are really cheap, and decent quality. – Rafael Aug 4 '20 at 15:57

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