Delayed or deferred gratification is defined as the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward. This is what I decided to do with two photography accessories.
I decided to give myself two photography tools for Christmas, but ordered them on early October from Amazon. Received them in Panama about two weeks later, wrapped them up with Christmas paper, and stored them in a closet until December 25th. I was playing the deferred gratification card and it was lots of fun. When I unwrapped them on Christmas Eve, I was like a kid excited to open the gifts under the Christmas tree. My heart was pounding like a Ford V8 engine. At last the time had come to see the new toys!
These are my two Christmas presents all wrapped up and ready to be opened on Christmas Eve as the tradition demands in many homes in late December.
One of the presents was a Shoot MC-36b remote control cord to trigger a DSLR camera. At the same time, it has the features of an intervalometer (interval timer) suited for a wide variety of tasks, including astronomical photography.
Allow me to expand on this device if I may. An intervalometer, or remote timer, is basically a way to take a sequence of several photographs automatically.The device also includes a large trigger button to take shots from the DSLR camera via a 36-inch connected cable. Using a trigger button will take away the risk factor of camera shake, plus it also gives you the opportunity to take shots without touching your camera.
Taking your hands off the camera and experimenting with triggering it remotely, opens up endless new ways to increase your creativity and improve your photography skills. This was my primary goal.
The accessory required two AAA batteries. If you plan to use it only as a remote control device, no batteries are required. At this moment in time, I’m not interested in using the intervalometer’s feature for shooting stars. Maybe later on—who knows?
Photograph of the two Christmas presents after they were unwrapped on Christmas Eve. The Shoot Intervalometer is inside the grey/yellow box to the right.
The other present is a photometer, also known as a light meter. A photometer is an instrument that measures the intensity of light or optical properties of surfaces or solutions. For example, they are used to measure:
- Light absorption
- Scattering of light
- Reflections of light
In the discipline of photography, light meters are widely used to determine the correct exposure; balancing the correct ISO, Aperture Value and Time Value (Exposure Triangle).
The device I acquired is an exceptionally accurate Sekonic L-308S photometer. This is a pocket-sized compact tool for metering both ambient and flash lighting. Equipped with a sliding white lumisphere, as well as a lumidisc attachment for flat surfaces, this model is able to measure ambient light (light falling over the subject) as well as reflected ambient light (light bouncing from the subject to the camera) via a lens with a 40 degrees reception angle. It has a LCD screen for easy viewing of settings and both a PC sync terminal and a cordless flash option. It runs with a single AA battery.
Setting your camera and getting a proper exposure should not be a problem. This was the main reason I purchased this item. I was wasting a lot of time testing the lighting (trial and error) in order to properly set up my camera and take a decent shot. Now the process should be a lot smoother and precise. Time will tell if I made a good buying decision.
Photograph of the Sekonic Flashmate L-308 S light meter or photometer.
Pictures of the Shoot Intervalometer to the left and the Sekonic light meter beside it. Should be using them for the first time early this evening. Will share results soon.