Wipe out red-eye for good
In our learning section on flash, we talk about why you get red-eye in your photographs: the flash is too close to the lens. A flash bracket ensures that the flash is nowhere near your lens.
How It Works
Before you get too far into this, realize that flash brackets are primary reserved for SLR cameras. While nothing is stopping you from attaching your compact camera to a bracket (especially if you have a hot shoe and external flash) it might look a bit ridiculous.
The whole point of a flash bracket is to get your flash as far away from your camera (and lens) as possible. Most brackets also feature some sort of padded or moulded grip to make carrying around your camera, lens and flash unit more comfortable. If you are going to be shooting for 3 hours, this might prevent wrist strain.
Your camera attaches to the bracket with a plate or screw, just like your camera would attach to a tripod. The flash attaches to the arm of the bracket, and must be connected to your camera with a flash cord in order to work properly.
Flash Bracket Options
Flash brackets are fairly simple — there are not a ton of options to consider.
Some brackets have a fixed height, others have adjustable heights. Most brackets allow you to flip the flash over if you are taking portrait photographs.
One important thing to consider is how comfortable the grip is. Typically, you will carry around a camera and flash mounted on a flash bracket. Since the bracket, camera, lens and flash together can weigh 5 to 10 pounds, a comfortable grip makes carrying that weight around much easier.