DIY Fan Mount For Photo Shoots

Portrait shot with fan, blowing hair back. Photo by Jim Newberry.

I found a relatively inexpensive fan that works well for photo shoots, but it was difficult to get it at the proper height. Here’s how I mounted it on a light stand, so it can easily be adjusted to any height.

Fan mounted to light stand for photo shoots.

Materials

  • Lightweight fan with mounting holes. I used a Lasko 3520 20″ Cyclone fan. It’s lightweight and pivots; it can point straight ahead or angled up, and the mounting holes are slotted so you can easily attach and remove the fan from the mounting board.
  • Mounting board. For the Lasko fan I used a 2′ 1×6, common pine (Home Depot had 4′ lengths, with a hand saw available which I used to trim it).
  • Super clamp. I used a Manfrotto Super Clamp.
  • Wood screws, short enough to not protrude through the board.

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Place the fan on the board, mark the board where the mounting holes are. Install the screws, leaving space to slide the fan on. Attach the Super Clamp to a sturdy stand, clamp the board, and attach the fan.

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There are clip-mount and other smaller fans available that might be easier to wrangle. I put this together because I already owned the fan (originally bought for cooling my apartment).

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