As I mentioned in class, you can easily use hot-shoe flashes for home studio purposes. However, it’s very important the the flash you have or purchase has the ability to be placed in manual and be adjustable for flash output intensity. In one of my previous classes a student went out and bought a Sunpak flash that only worked with the camera in TTL mode only.
Umbrella Swivel w/ Flash Shoe Adapter
Here’s a source for the hot-shoe flash to light-stand adapter.
LumoPro also makes some great manual hot-shoe flashes for use in small home studio environments and outdoor settings. However, the latest model “LP160” has been discontinued and is pretty much sold out everywhere and the new replacement model LP180 is not yet available.
Hot-Shoe Flash Accessories:
This is an Ebay Link to a company that sells hot-shoe flash accessories such as grids, snoot, barn doors, etc. You have to select the correct flash adapter since they are model specific. As an example CA-6 is for a Nikon SB900 while the CA-7 is for a Canon 580EX & EX II.
Model Compatible Flash
CA-1 Nikon SB600, Nikon SB800
CA-2 Canon 430EX – Vivitar DF400MZ
CA-3 Sony F56AM, Nikon SB26/27/28
CA-5 Vivitar 285HV
CA-6 Nikon SB900
CA-7 Canon 580EX II
CA-8 METZ 58AF-1?48AF-1