When New York-based photographer Ian Spanier was given a photography assignment with no extra cash for an assistant to help with the flash, he decided to turn himself into a one-person photography studio. He created his own backpack studio flash rig from a sturdy LowePro Scope Porter 200 AW birdwatching backpack.

He filled the backpack with a rechargeable battery powering a Canon flash unit, the necessary framing and mounts to position the diffuser dome about five inches above his head and wireless receivers so the flash could be triggered without annoying cables tethered to his camera. Apparently, the DIY flash backpack worked for the photographer, with him easily adjusting the position of the flash exactly where he needed with a simple twist of his body.

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