Oh, I’m not going to say that the man who kept returning his brand new lenses for replacement because he kept finding imaginary specks of dirt in them was right – he wasn’t – but what he was doing was actually sensible to himself. He was trying to find perfection in a world that promises it but never delivers. His imaginary specks of dust were there in his mind – we just needed to think of a way of washing that.
I remember seeing images of an event photographer somewhere in Asia who decided that he needed studio lighting – main, fill, and hair light – on all of his event shots. But he did not want to have light stands so he hung all three lights from himself on extendable stalks. His progress through a crowd must have been memorable to see.
Or the early-bird environmental recorder who purchased two of the early GoPro cameras and mounted them on a mast…which he attached to his bike. I am not sure if he went pedalling through the Perth suburbs looking for girls or trouble, but seeing a Google Earth camera car do the same recently showed that there was a purpose after all.
The event man is the one that I want to study. I shoot some dance shows where I want to shift rapidly from portrait to landscape orientation, but need to have even flash illumination while I do it. I’ve long given up on TTL shooting for these images as it uses more battery than pure manual and can lead to wild variations in exposure between frames . The dancer’s costumes reflect a great deal of light.
Putting the speed-light on the hot shoe is convenient but means that the shadow shifts with the change in camera angle. Putting a Stroboframe flip bracket on it cures this but adds weight and an awkward articulation to the whole rig. You always seem to be flopping something out of the way. A light stand with the light on it and a wireless link is good, but not if the theatre is crowded.
So I wonder if the time has come to take a leaf from the Asian chap and attach the flash to my body – perhaps a rig that clips onto the chest and raises the flash above shoulder level facing forward. After all, that’s the direction I am looking at the time. Or a flash attached to the top of a construction worker’s hard hat…Oh God, now I’m getting as weird as them…