How low does the stand go? Could this be used as a background light behind a subject? Or better yet for a small subject (like a cat or small dog)?
The lowest it goes is 16 inches. Add several inches on top of that for your flash unit, and you're talking more mountain lion than cat. I got it to place a light behind a seated person, and it works fairly well for that. (I should note, though, that when extended upwards, you will want a fairly light strobe. I've got a monolight, which is too heavy for it; it would be better with a speedlight.)