has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

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Jeff Greenberg
Jeff Greenberg Contributing Member • Posts: 631
has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

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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Jim Salvas
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Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

Reminds me of this guy:

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

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Jeff Greenberg
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Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

Thanks!

Much more advanced than my concept!

Leonard Migliore
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I get by with a tinfoil hat

It cuts down on the voices a lot.

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pavi1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,386
Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

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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dad_of_four Veteran Member • Posts: 7,858
Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?

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

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Leonard Migliore
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Re: Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?
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Well, for one thing, it leaves your head uncovered.

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Ron Poelman
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I just drop me dacks and bend over,

this does tend to overexpose, but.

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Jeff Greenberg
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Re: Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?

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...

Cane Senior Member • Posts: 6,900
Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?
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Yes, the flash hat is also called 'the female repeller'.

DuaneV
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Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?
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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.

jvkelley Contributing Member • Posts: 849
Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?

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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Rmark
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Re: has anybody ever worn a "flash hat"?
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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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tex Veteran Member • Posts: 6,872
As ridiculous as this sounded at first, i think i'm going to try it /nt
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pavi1 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,386
Re: As ridiculous as this sounded at first, i think i'm going to try it /nt

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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Re: Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?

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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Re: Is there some reason you wouldn't just use a flash bracket?

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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tex Veteran Member • Posts: 6,872
I'll be in the woods at night /nt
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Works for me.

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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But wait!
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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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