Tuesday, July 28, 2009

a slave for Craver

My camera has a flash mount, but not a hotshoe. The difference? This camera is designed to exclusively trigger a proprietary flash, which costs too much money for me. I have another flash, but it sits unusable, collecting dust.

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Until now. I picked up a slave flash trigger for thirty-three bucks. This can be used as far as 100 feet away, and I would like to experiment with some shots where the flash is strategically positioned. But I also wanted to be able to bounce the flash off the ceiling and/or use a bigger flash on top of my camera. In order to activate the trigger, the infrared receiver needs to "see" another flash go off. It looks like a monstrosity, but I am eager to see how it works.

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The unit came in last week, but I haven't found occasion to use it yet. I hope to experiment with portraits next Sunday.

10 comments:

imac said...

Looks like its gonna be "Flash happy Craver".
Have fun.

RuneE said...

Nice idea to a general problem. I have an old Powerful Panasonic Flash from my analogue days I could use as a slave. Please keep me up to date on the progress!

mommanator said...

just dont let the camera get bigger than you teehee

Craver Vii said...

Yup. Until now Imac, I barely even flashed a smile.

Your presence is an honor RuneE. I certainly hope to find a snapshot or two to highlight the use of this new gadget.

Bigger than me, Mommanator? Too late. ;-)

nAncY said...

waiting to see what you light up

Shammickite said...

Far too complicated for my tiny walnut sized brain to understand.... sorry! Not saying that I'm a dinosaur where cameras are concerned but.... well...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Did you and Rube Goldberg come from the same mold?

Craver Vii said...

nAncY, I tried it last night, as I followed a skunk out in the dark. I managed to snap a shot without getting sprayed.

You're being far too modest, Shammy. Any time you want to offer a critique or suggestion, know that I respect your opinion. :-)

Rube Goldberg?! (lol) Those machines of his were fascinating, Fishing Guy. No, my contraptions will have less parts.

lime said...

it's franken-camera!

hehe, have fun experimenting though.

Denise said...

This kind of information is invaluable to me. I really am going to have to take a few photography classes in the future. Thanks for sharing.