It’s not at all painful.
They say that all the best ideas are simple ones and this is certainly the case with the Plamps. Where on earth the name came from I am not sure but it is really easy to remember as there is nothing else that sounds remotely like it.
How often as a photographer do you wish that you had more than one pair of hands? Also, how often are you stuck for a way to hold something that you want to photograph on the floor or on a table. And how often do you wish that the flower you are trying to capture in close up in the garden would keep still? If you are like me – very often!
This is where the Plamps come in. They are flexible rod like things about 50cm long with a very strong clip on one end and a lighter one on the other. The idea is that you fix the strong clamp to something rigid or the leg of your tripod and the light clamp is used to hold the flower or other object that you want to photograph. You can also use a second or third one to hold other items such as reflectors.
So suddenly it is as if you had a couple of assistants with you. The conversation isn’t too great and they can’t make cups of tea but they are truly fantastic at holding things still for as long as you need them to. Wonderful.