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From time to time I'm asked by people who have just bought their first DSLR camera what equipment they should buy next. Most people are keen to buy more lenses, but I rarely recommend that. In my opinion when you are first starting up on photography you get most bang for the buck if you buy a flash with a rotatable head so that you can manipulate the light and create indirect light. Build in pop-up flashes will usually produce picture like any point and shoot camera, and then why bother spending the extra money on a decent DSLR if it is not going to give you higher quality pictures? If the first step on the latter is getting a flash with a rotatable head to create indirect light, then the next step is to move the flash off the camera. Of you have the flash off the camera you will want to mount it somewhere - on a stand that comes with most flashes these days, on a tripod or have someone hold it. A good all-round solution is to have a clam where the flash can be mounted on. Clams are versatile and on many locations it is easy to find good places to put them - cupboards, book stands, branches, etc. In this article I'll go through the building of such a clam.
A honeycomb grid on a flash will centre the light quite dramatically and generate a spotlight. I was too cheap to buy one so I decided to build it myself. I had been keen on the idea for some time, so I have been on the lookout for materials to build it from. The name pretty much describes what it is, but a honeycomb grid, is a grid of tubes or cells. The closest I came to a good material was radiator grills from some cars that has a bee cell grid. But in the end I decided to build this DIY project from scratch and build the grid from straws.
When developing apps for iOS you have mechanisms to make your app support multiple languages. In fact Apple suggests that you should do it. Other sites also suggest that translating your app into multiple languages will have a positive effect on your sales. Even if you don't translate the app but only the AppStore description. I have made and released two app with the primary goal of familiarizing myself with iOS development. I had already translated both apps into two languages so I was familiar with the translation interfaces. But I decided to explore the effect of supporting multiple languages.
It really makes me happy when I meet people with a sense of humor in places where I don't expect it. Sometimes you have to be brave to provoke it, but it is well worth it. Recently I had to change my address on my Apple developer profile. There is no online form to do this and you have to contact Apple Developer Program Support. So I wrote them an e-mail informing them of my new address. As they never mail me anything it was mostly out of courtesy for them.