“I have a cunning plan.”
Baldrick, Blackadder
Yes, cunning indeed.
So the above picture may not seem like it’s groundbreaking to you, but to me, it was quite the accomplishment.
Here’s my predicament:
As a new photographer, I’m constantly hearing “get your flash off your camera!”  And I’m continually seeing examples of how taking your flash off of your camera can give you a lot of potential creative lighting to work with.  But here’s the kicker:  There’s this little doo-dad thingy to mount your flash to a tripod.  And I don’t want to complain, but seriously, this little hunk of plastic is $30.  Thirty dollars!!! For something that cost 10 cents to manufacture!!!  (**side note**  I have a bit of an aversion to camera gear and it being so ridiculously overpriced.  I wanted a flash diffuser, and it was selling for $70.  I sewed one myself out of some leftover material and it works just as well.) Despite all that, I still need it if I want to experiment with lighting and all that jazz.  I’ve continually tried convincing Dave to let me buy it, but he continually says “Later.”
This evening I had an epiphany.  I have this old camera that I don’t use anymore.  It attaches to a tripod.  And my flash attaches to the camera.  Shazaam!  I’ve mounted my flash.
So I trudged on out to the yard (in the pitch dark) in my pajamas, winter boots and a towel on my head (I had just come out of the shower) with my camera gear in tow and set up to test my theory (when I get an idea in my head, I can’t wait for things like hair to dry)  And there I was, lying in the dirt, wet hair, pj’s, and a camera taking pictures of a tree like it was a model,  and giggling profusely because it worked like a charm. The above photograph is my result.  Again, nothing new, but certainly an exciting day of learning for me.  Now that I can practice utilizing this technique, I can justify buying that little doo-dad.*MONDAY OCT. 26 UPDATE*
I’ve got the little doo-dad!!!  I’ve got this big bag of random camera accessories (most of them obsolete) from my father-in-law.  I mentioned my plight to him, and he said that there might be one in the bag…which there was!  I was so stoked.  $30 saved!  Huzzah!

2 Responses to “Aha!”

  • Dave Rodda Says:

    I also giggled picturing you in your pj's outside with your camera. Very cool picture.

  • Jill Says:

    Hey Courteney! Your pictures are great! I enjoyed reading about your technique as well… even the pj's and towel… definitely adds to the effect! :) Keep up the good work!
    P.S. My college training is in photography and I'm kind of jealous… but I'll try to get over it and keep learning. :)

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