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[Click on images for captions]Â Yesterday, I walked into a machinistâ€™s shop to have an expensive tripod head repaired because of a weakness in the original design.Â We photographers, or at least me, have to modify or create some gizmo or gadget for our work.Â The photographic manufacturing industry never made all the things that photographers ever needed.
Iâ€™ve had help in these matters.Â My father made my first tripod.Â My brother soldered an extension cord for a flash tube (donâ€™t do this at home). Â Sometimes I donâ€™t want to buy a widget when one can be made.Â Sometimes a product or part is no longer available.Â Following my brotherâ€™s lead, I once made a remote control cable release for a motorized camera using a 35m plastic film canister, a push button switch, speaker wire and a small stereo jack.Â Hereâ€™s a shout-out to Radio Shack.
Sometimes I didnâ€™t spend the money for an item or service.Â That meant making four darkroom sinks (I sold two of them) and a desk.Â The sinks and the desk would have cost over a thousand dollars each.Â Â Â During the years that I had a color darkroom, I took a $53 plumbing class that is still helpful in these digital times â€“ after all, Iâ€™m a homeowner.Â The large photographic printer rests on a homemade cart which stores under a floating table.Â It is ugly as homemade soap - which my grandmother used to make - but workable.
So, donâ€™t be surprised if you see a nick on my hand(s) from all of the Â snipping, sewing, sawing, awling, melding, welding, wiring, rasping, wrapping, tapping, taping, shaping, gluing, screwing, powdering, soldering, measuring, milling, drilling, filing, tiling, reaming, Velcro-ing, crimping, clamping, cutting, caulking, nailing, painting and sanding that I do.
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