Ok, Part of using the strobist method of lighting is because its Cheap! I think that a good alternative to light stands would be microphone stands, yes they don't fold up as small but, a regular stand is like $13, and a boom stand is $20. Plus I think that the boom would be very useful in positioning reflectors ans such. Now I know that both microphone stands and lighting stands have 5/8" diameter studs, but for the life of me I cannot seem to remember the thread pitch on either. I think that the microphone stand may be NF(National Fine)-18TPI, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know that the lighting stand thread count is, or have a mic clip to thread on a light stand to check? I would guess they are the same, but I'd love to know.