has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

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Jeff Greenberg
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has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?
Dec 10, 2013

Take a typical DSLR flash or similar,
straighten it out 180 degrees,
lay it on top of your head with flash
head pointing forward, now secure
it with some kind of chin strap &
start shooting?

Why bother???

a. added distance above lens
b. flash almost always over lens on verticals
c. travel shooters walking a lot redistribute weight

Personally, I'd like to do it with Sony RX10 & 20M but
am told 20M doesn't communicate with anything remotely.

Please post image of your "flash hat" system. Thanks!

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Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?
In reply to Jeff Greenberg, Dec 10, 2013

Reminds me of this guy:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/05/straddling-line-between-genius-and.html

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Thanks!

Much more advanced than my concept!

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I get by with a tinfoil hat
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It cuts down on the voices a lot.

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Jim Salvas wrote:

Reminds me of this guy:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/05/straddling-line-between-genius-and.html

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He should have used one of the two beer helmets from about 20 years ago. Just add umbrella and flash. Drink and shoot.

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Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?
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They start at $20.  Here's a cheap one, I'd pay a little bit more.

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Well, for one thing, it leaves your head uncovered.

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this does tend to overexpose, but.

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In reply to dad_of_four, Dec 10, 2013

3:

a. extra weight

b. extra volume

c. extra maneuvering = missed shots

As travel shooter walking around all day,

all the above takes its toll...

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In reply to Jeff Greenberg, Dec 10, 2013

Yes, the flash hat is also called 'the female repeller'.

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Jeff Greenberg wrote:

Take a typical DSLR flash or similar,
straighten it out 180 degrees,
lay it on top of your head with flash
head pointing forward, now secure
it with some kind of chin strap &
start shooting?

Why bother???

a. added distance above lens
b. flash almost always over lens on verticals
c. travel shooters walking a lot redistribute weight

Personally, I'd like to do it with Sony RX10 & 20M but
am told 20M doesn't communicate with anything remotely.

Please post image of your "flash hat" system. Thanks!

a: The added distance is going to be little to nothing unless you have a 4' tall forehead or youre shooting with your belt buckle camera.

b: Ill give you that one.

c: To your head? With a chinstrap? Your head, jaw and chin are going to be killing you, be sure to bring a lot of Tylenol.

The thing is, if this was REALLY a good idea, youd have seen it used by many professionals by now.

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Cane wrote:

Yes, the flash hat is also called 'the female repeller'.

Hmm, now I know where I went wrong in high school.  That stupid flash hat that I used to wear.

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Not just females. I think pretty much everyone is going to give wide berth to someone walking about with a flash unit on their head.

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As ridiculous as this sounded at first, i think i'm going to try it /nt
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tex wrote:

If you have the personality for it, go for it. I know people who would have crowds gathered around if wearing it and I know people would would die if you strapped one on them.

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dad_of_four wrote:

They start at $20. Here's a cheap one, I'd pay a little bit more.

This is what I've been looking for for a long time to hold a small card shade which can function like a small umbrella above the camera when it's drizzling. Thanks for the idea.:-)

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Leonard Migliore wrote:

Well, for one thing, it leaves your head uncovered.

The OP/TS actually suggested it will help redistribute weight, as a 'head-mounted' flash will not add weight to the camera held in the hand or slung around the neck.  He/she had suggested only the positioning of the flash unit  (disregard that umbrella idea).

In that regard, a flash unit designed to be in the shape of a baseball cap, or even a miner's helmet, may be a practical solution. Triggering it can be a problem though unless one incorporates a wireless remote. In days of olde, they sold those useful tiny flash sychronisers which could be triggered off by any separate other flash, which in this case would be the small built-in on-camera flash.

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Ron Poelman wrote:

I just drop me dacks and bend over, this does tend to overexpose, but.

Did you spell your name correctly?  I'm thinking you meant Ron Poleman. 

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tex wrote:

As ridiculous as this sounded at first, i think i'm going to try it

If you call in the next ten minutes, we'll include a second flash hat FREE!  (just pay shipping and handling).

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