Tuesday, October 02, 2012

cheap wireless transmitter

 What is it about gadgets and gizmos that have such strong appeal?  You may recall that in recent posts, I only just figured out a way to activate a slave flash trigger ($11.99) by a homemade adaptor cable.  Then, I learned that someone claimed you can use a dark blue and red piece from a gel swatch book ($3.76) to filter out visible light and wirelessly activate that same optical trigger.  I tried it, but for some reason, I can't figure out how to make it work as reliably as the wired setup.  You can see that the camera's flash is still visible as a mild purplish light, but it doesn't reflect a significant amount of light from your subject. so that on those rare occasions that I can get this thing to work, this plastic shield that I taped to my popup flash functions as a wireless transmitter.  Cool!

Here's one of the tests that I did.  One of the failed attempts made me look like a ghost, and I posted that pic on Facebook.  Oh, and it was done on a Saturday, while I was grubby.  And yes, I know that I'm badly in need of a haircut.  But this is not about me being a model, okay?


lime said...

i got nuthin for ya advise-wise technologically but the blue picture is kind of a groovy effect.

Jackie said...

You have become quite the techie photographer, my friend.
Love the shot here and on Facebook.
I especially love this one. KOOL!

George said...

I can't give you any technological advice, but I certainly like the results of your experiments.

Craver Vii said...

Groovy?? I like that, Lime. I'm pretty sure I never heard anyone describe anything of mine as "groovy."

Ha! That's excellent! Jackie, I'm glad to have seen you on FB, where I have more opportunities to embarrass myself. ;-)

George as a child, I dreamed of becoming a scientist. Mathematical incompetence curtailed those expectations, but I sure do enjoy dabbling in photographic experiments.

imac said...

Model - dodle man eh,lol
Neat idea and great shot.

All I can say is
Have had a blogging break for a while, but am now back and will be blogging more in the future.

Betty Manousos said...

hi craver, the results of your experiments sound great!

loved your quirky post.

and i also love that shot! i really do:)

Craver Vii said...

So glad to have you back in the blogosphere, Imac! I'm looking forward to your excellent photography and great sense of humor.

Quirky can be good or bad, so I'm glad you liked it, Betty. While I fiddled with the tests, I can say that I had a good time trying to see what kind of results I could get.

Pearl said...

All men seem to enjoy their gizmos, don't you find?

Diggin' the "grubby" pic of you. :-)


DeniseinVA said...

You don't look grubby, that's a real nice photo and thanks for the interesting info, and also for the weather report in your comment. As I look outside the sun is shining, the leaves are turning into fall and it's time for me to get out and enjoy it. Have a great day Craver and an equally great weekend :)

Craver Vii said...

Well, the gizmo thing is definitely true for me Pearl. I can't explain it, but it's true. I'm glad that you like the "grubby" pic, but I thought you had more taste. ;-)

Oh Denise, I suppose the darkness doesn't give away the messy hair and bristly jaw. I'm glad for you to be able to go outside and take advantage of a great day.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm impressed! :))

Chris said...

Well I love that shot and I donðt think it's bad ;-) I think you did well both as a photograph and a model...

donsands said...

I love silhouettes kind of photos. Cool beans.
You're good Craver. Keep on. Lord bless you with a good week my Christ worshipping friend.

Craver Vii said...

So glad you liked it, CameraGirl! Thanks for visiting.

Too kind, Chris! I wish I could do more shots like that on purpose, though. I really respect those photographers who get their results with less trial and error.

Sandman, I love hearing people say "cool beans." My wife and I use that phrase a lot. :-)