If you find yourself in situations where you need unique mounting options for off-camera lighting, you don’t have space for traditional stands, or you worry about trip hazards, it’s time to give the RapidMount solutions from Tether Tools a try.
Whether you’re at a wedding or on-location, linking up multiple speedlights or off-camera flash to light your shots creates more volume in the shot when compared to simply shooting straight on with a flash or bouncing it off the wall.
Multiple lights, in multiple places in the room create more volume and more drama in your shots. – photographer and educator Jared Platt
With the help of the innovative RapidMount system from Tether Tools you can mount a lot of lights and gear without the use of stands, which means you won’t clutter up the space, worry about trip hazards or haul in lots of extra gear.
Below we’ll take a look at six different RapidMount products in the line, and a couple in-use cases. A big thanks to Andy and Amii Kauth and Jared Platt for sharing their work with us.
If you have a flat, vertical surface, you have a place to mount your speedlight. The RapidMount SLX mounts directly to any smooth, lightly textured or painted surface such as drywall, veneer, glass, mirror, laminate, fiberglass, metal, tile, porcelain and marble using the included specially-formulated, pressure-activated RapidStrips, which remove without damage, or leaving any residue.
In this shot, photographer Jared Platt uses the RapidMount SLX to mount two speedlights on the window behind the bridal party to provide fill and back light.
Here, Andy and Amii Kauth mount a speedlight with MagMod MagGrid to the bathroom wall to capture the bride getting ready.
The RapidMount PowrGrip mounts speedlights securely to any non-porous surface such as glass, mirrors, fiberglass and more. In these shots, Andy and Amy Kauth have mounted a speedlight to a mirror inside the bride’s hotel room, glass inside a gondola, and a DJ speaker at the reception.
The RapidMount MaxClamp Kit mounts speedlights to any round or flat shaped object up to 8” in diameter and includes non-marring padded feet so it won’t damage the surface being mounted.
In this shot, Jared Platt is mounting his Profoto B2 off-camera flash to a door jamb to light up the wedding reception.
The RapidMount Q20 also utilizes the same RapidStrips as the SLX and mounts to smooth, vertical surfaces. It includes a small 1/4″-20 arm that allows for 360° rotation and 180° tilt of all devices mounted.
In the below image, Andy Kauth is mounting a Nikon SB-910 speedlight to a wall in a very small space (it’s gridded with a MagMod MagGrid) to light and capture a bride getting ready.
RapidMount SuperFlex Arm with Rock Solid Master Clamp
The RapidMount SuperFlex Arm from Tether Tools mounts Speed Light Flashes securely to any grip gear with a female baby stud receptor, such as the Rock Solid Master Clamp. The gooseneck design allows you to easily position the speed lite flash to where you need it.
In this shot, Jared Platt has mounted a speedlight to the TV mount at the reception to create fill light in that side of the room.
The RapidMount EasyGrip Kit includes a cold shoe mount for speedlights which easily mounts to the included Rock Solid EasyGrip via a 1/4″-20 thread. This allows the speedlight to be mounted to just about any flat or round surface.
In this shot, Jared Platt has mounted a speedlight to the thick curtain at the reception to create fill light in that side of the room.
In this shot, Andy and Amii Kauth are on location for an engagement shoot at the Grand Canyon, and used the EasyGrip XL to mount a speedlight to a nearby tree.