Quick Tip: DIY “Four Square” Flash Bracket

Dec 23, 2010

Udi Tirosh

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Quick Tip: DIY “Four Square” Flash Bracket

Dec 23, 2010

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Quick Tip: DIY Four Square BracketLooks like the four square is gaining popularity with off camera flash photographers. If you can shell the bucks for four strobes (only 268 for four YN460II) , why not get them all together for increased power / shorter recycle time.

We did have a dual flash bracket and a triple flash bracket, but this version of a four flash bracket (AKA four square) from an Electrical box and a few washers by Destin Danser is just too good to be ignored.

The version described below is made to work with Yongnuo CTR-301P radio triggers, so my attachment method uses ¼-20 threaded Bolts This could easily be made to have female cold shoe mounts using a male ¼-20 to female cold shoe adapter instead of the elevator bolts. Note there are only 3 flashes attached in this photo, because I’m not yet cool enough to own 4.

Parts list

  • Metal electrical box (I got mine for $.97 at Wal-Mart)
  • (4) Three quarter inch long, quarter-twenty thread elevator bolts
  • (16) Half inch washers
  • (4) quarter-twenty thread wing nuts

Quick Tip: DIY Four Square Bracket

All this cost me less than $7 at Wal-Mart, and my local Hardware store.

*ignore the 4 large fender washers. I ended up not using them.

Instructions

1. Punch out all the metal covers in the electrical box. I’ve already done this before taking the first photo.

2. Stack 4 washers on each elevator bolt and put 1 bolt through each of the outside holes in the electrical box (see photo). Then place a wing nut on the bolt to hold it in place temporarily. This can also be used to keep them in place when the receivers are not mounted on the bracket.

Quick Tip: DIY Four Square Bracket

3. Remove the wing nuts and attach the triggers.

Quick Tip: DIY Four Square Bracket

4. Attach Flash units

Quick Tip: DIY Four Square Bracket

Turn everything on, and shoot away!

If you feel that this was not enough to satisfy your lost of flashes crave, check out this video featuring photographer Dave Black for double the pleasure

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One response to “Quick Tip: DIY “Four Square” Flash Bracket”

  1. AJ Schroetlin Avatar
    AJ Schroetlin

    Cool DIY. The only thing missing it seems is a way to attach it to a light stand.