Cleaning up

Seems to work this way…

You get motivated to make some images, then the challenges begin, starting with gear. Mine is rarely ready to go without something going awry, ranging from;

  • flat batteries;
  • cards with images that have not been backed up and can’t be used until they are;
  • lenses hiding in different bags;
  • missing cables or other adapters and;
  • a pile of light stands and reflectors randomly stacked on one another.

If I want to keep using anything other than a phone it will need to be organised, so I devised a plan that goes like this;

  • Everything I can find will be placed on a table;
  • It will be checked if it needs checking;
  • It will be cleaned if it needs cleaning;
  • If I don’t need it it will be donated;
  • If I do need it I will build some proper storage for it all to go together in one place.

It’s a good bad weather project and will pay off in the long run so wish me luck.



I have probably had these two matchbox sizes light meters for over 30 years. They were a common find in second hand and antique shops and fairly cheap back in the 80’s. My guess is the design dates back to the 60’s.

The one on the right looks far more complicated but it is displays the same information as the one on the left. I used to use them but they require a little more thought and time than an in camera meter.

Out of respect I used my Calcuflash incident light meter to set the exposure for this image. I bought it back in the 80’s too and you can still buy them today.