#1. "RE: Why use a flash bracket?" In response to Reply # 0
I’ve never actually used one, but I think the bracket is especially useful for those vertical portrait shots. It keeps the flash unit above the camera at all times. Also, a quick search revealed that the bracket can also eliminate the red-eye problem.
But maybe someone with some actual experience can shed some light on this.
#2. "RE: Why use a flash bracket?" In response to Reply # 1 Wed 11-Jun-08 06:00 AM by gheck58
Aliso Viejo, US
A flash bracket is typically used to eliminate red eye and to center the flash over the lens. This throws the shadow directly behind the subject and eliminates the annoying harsh shadow to the side of the subject on a wall, etc. If there was always a white ceiling or wall to bounce the flash off of it wouldn't be an issue, but there rarely is. The reason why you always see pros with them is because they can never count on having low white celings or walls to bounce anything off of, so you have to bring it with you. If you spend most of your time taking family photos in a house you could probably do with out it but you'd be surprised how much better your flash photography would be. Also, most brackets will "flip" for vertical or portrait shots so the flash head still remains over the center of the lens. The last thing you want at a wedding/event is a 1,000 images with red eye or harsh shadows. Even moderately priced brackets like a Stroboframe Press or Pro T works better than no bracket. I love my Pro T.