My in-laws think that I can do anything. Just recently they had a problem with their oven and I replaced a burnt element. Where did you learn how to do that? My mother-in-law asked. I bet that it was from your daddy. I said well as a child I did watch my dad repair things and yes, he had replaced the element in our oven before. However, truth is that I don’t know how to do everything, and the real reason that I attempt so much is that I’m just too cheap to call someone else when I believe that I can do it myself. So I guess the same thing applies to photography.
I needed a couple of light stands. However, I have two problems. First, I can’t justify spending the money that they cost. Second, I don’t have the space that is required to spread the legs apart that are on the stand. I began searching the internet for some type of low cost solution and found a video by Jim Talkington on prophotolife.com. In the video Jim made what he calls a stick in a can. He used one of those large vegetable cans that contains enough green beans to feed an army and screws a stick inside it. Then he fills it with concrete. Great idea! However, Jim’s studio is in a warehouse I would guess. I didn’t want metal cans scratching anything. So I used plastic flower pots instead.
Since the flower pot’s edge aren’t straight, I attached my stick to a soda can. First I trimmed a soda can.
Then I attached the stick to it and filled it with concrete before placing it inside the flowerpot.
Once I had it inside I also filled the flower pot with concrete.
Afterwards, I cleaned the concrete from the stick and the pot and leveled the stick taping it to something that would brace it while the concrete cured.
I can’t wait to try them out! Do you have any neat ideas that you’ve heard of and would like to share?