My favourite gadgets (theme)
I wanted to participate in today’s theme of ‘my two favourite gadgets’ but wanted to try and make an image with some sort of artistic value as well so I’ve gone down the abstract route by using my macro lens and a large aperture. The two gadgets I’ve photographed are my Canon shutter release cable (TC-80N3 for those who are interested in model numbers) and my reflector which I’ve used as a background. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s favourite pieces of gadgetry!
I had a shutter release for my old camera but had to change it when I upgraded to my Canon 40D as the old one wasn’t compatible. It seemed a real pain at the time but I’m glad I did now. This model allows me to do all the usual things you’d expect of a shutter release (long exposures, avoiding camera shake etc) but it also allows me to set my camera up to take photos at predetermined intervals and to tell it to take certain number of shots. This has been very useful when I’ve wanted to take photos of concerts I’ve been playing in as I can set the camera up, pre-focus it and then leave it to take a photo every minute or two while I get on with performing. I also used it for my star trails shots last autumn.
My other gadget is a small reflector which my friend Sharon gave to me when I got my first DSLR. It’s been invaluable when I’ve been taking some of my still life shots. I don’t have a flashgun yet so I often end up lighting my photos with a torch or using natural light from a window. Inevitably the light’s never quite where I want it to be so the reflector comes in very handy for redirecting it or bouncing some light into dark, shadowy parts of the picture.