I've been to an outdoor shop recently where I saw some aluminium ground spikes for tents. Immediately, it popped into my mind that it would be a cool holder of flash or background, so I bought few of them. They were cheap and very light. Now I had to add an ¼ thread screw and they were ready to be use as small tripod (actually monopod).
You can add a tripod ball-head for a better flexibility if you want to replace your tripod with it, but I will mainly use to support my flashlights.
I also wanted to try it as a holder of background for studio like shoots in the nature. I combined an office clamp with a short flexible hose from loc-line and the background holder was ready.
I tried only once but the results are promising. Here you can see these new rigs in action:
However, it’s the matter of taste whether you like such too artificial photos:
Gluing parts is not yet perfect, but I will discuss the options in the next post.