Repairs, Returns, and Relaxation
To my faithful readership,
I apologize for my long absence! No excuses, I was doing plenty of writing in the last 2 and a half years in which time I earned my Masters degree in Business Administration, as well as teaching and learning so much more about photography as an art but also a business!
I have also photographed events in that time and some pretty fantastic pieces of history that come from national and international programs such as music, sports, and space exploration.
All of this set aside though, I want to share with you the money saving tips of salvaging equipment that otherwise might be considered trashed or ruined. I came across an flash umbrella that was in disrepair and always skipped over when equipment was gathered for a photo shoot. I found the whole and broken pieces of equipment and took the two broken pieces, setting them aside while matching the other pieces to make a whole operable unit; then showing the broken pieces to the equipment manager whom said he would prefer purchasing new equipment and that the broken pieces could be discarded.
I obliged his direction and brought the umbrella to my personal studio and repaired it. In
the image you see to the left, the original attachment, and the attachment on the right is repaired.
Obviously I wanted to keep the repair small, thus avoiding strange light reflection from the repair or creating shadow. Thus I chose to use a headless brad and made my own low profile attachment. It actually is not obvious unless thoroughly inspected which I believe informs us of the affective repair and the limited or no change in operable effectiveness.
The opening picture of this post shows the repairs made to the umbrella canopy that had lost its metal grommet allowing the guide rod to maintain the pressure evenly around the canopy points, and the stitching was undone allowing the seems to open. Once these sewing repairs were made, sewing a fabric cap in-stead of the metal grommet allows for a flexible and inexpensive repair.
Keep imaging your inspired photographs to which you are first introduced through your eyes!