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does anyone know how to set up a homebrew so the strobe flash doesn't go off so often? It basically utilizes flash everytime it sees the woods because of the shaded thick canopy here in western oregon. I have turned the flash completly off under those same conditions and the pics turn out fine, so it really doesn't need flash all the time! I think it just likes abusing my batteries :lol: :lol: I might as well string a banner between two big trees saying "here it is, come steal it!"

 

it sees the ambiant light through the fresnel lens...so darkening the lens with a felt marker would just make it worse, is that right? :|

 

Anyone ?

 

 

hungryman

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There is nothing you can do about this except turn he flash off, and then you won't have night pics

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I live in oregon so I know exactly what you are talking about. To really do well here you need to build or program your own boards. You might look into the picaxe and a PIR. Your best bet would be to do a third button hack on the camera - the one that controls the flash. With custom coding the flash button can be turned off during the day and back on at night. Usually it is just turn on the camera hit the button a few times (turn off or on the flash) then turn off the camera. The simple sniper is not good at sensing light even with the led trick here in oregon since it is usually too dark under the forest. You might be able to get an AIO board and put it together. With a little custom coding it could sense the light well enough that the flash button could work.

 

Your other option might be a slave flash with the camera cap hacked to a smaller value. The community slave flash that I built had a adjustable resistor on it so that the light level could be adjusted for light conditions like here in oregon. If you are interested in this second option let me know and I could send you one of the community controllers to use and help you set it up.

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Maybe cover the flash lens with piece cut form a milk jug? Wouldn't help with your batteries but it'd be a quick fix until you can come with a better solution.

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Think I have some of the colored lens that fit over the flash if you want to try them but that might add a tint in the picture

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kdornski

buckhunter1

dgrad

 

thank you all for your comments and suggestions.

Iv'e tryed tinting materials over the flash and it does help hide the flash but at the expense of pict quality and flash distance. I've not tryed the milk jug material so i would like to try that. I will get back to everyone with the results from that. Since i made this post i recieved a reply back on one of the other forums correcting my thinking process. I thought there was something on the outside of the camera that determines light and i may be able to alter it and trick the camera into delaying the flash. It sounds like it determines ambiant light through the lens and that is what triggers the flash. I adjusted the EV setting to +2 ,which gives more light through the lens hoping to delay the flash but no go. As Rick said it may have to be done through the control board.

 

 

Rick Gray

 

A special treat from a forum celebrity and fellow Oregonion. Thank you for your very thought out suggestions using a differant board along with all those other little "gadgets" you referred to. That was exactly what i had in mind. (kidding) :D :D :D You lost me when you started referring to pic axes and 3rd button hacks (i've not conquered the single button hack, yet!). I very much envy people that have the training and knowledge because it seems it would be an absolute blast to solder all those little "firecrackers" together and end up with something that actually works! I absolutely believe your suggestion will work it's just a little more than i wanted to be involved in. Hoping for a simple solution and it doesn't sound like there is one.

 

Thanks just the same.

hungryman

 

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kdornski

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dgrad

 

thank you all for your comments and suggestions.

Iv'e tryed tinting materials over the flash and it does help hide the flash but at the expense of pict quality and flash distance. I've not tryed the milk jug material so i would like to try that. I will get back to everyone with the results from that. Since i made this post i recieved a reply back on one of the other forums correcting my thinking process. I thought there was something on the outside of the camera that determines light and i may be able to alter it and trick the camera into delaying the flash. It sounds like it determines ambiant light through the lens and that is what triggers the flash. I adjusted the EV setting to +2 ,which gives more light through the lens hoping to delay the flash but no go. As Rick said it may have to be done through the control board.

 

 

Rick Gray

 

A special treat from a forum celebrity and fellow Oregonion. Thank you for your very thought out suggestions using a differant board along with all those other little "gadgets" you referred to. That was exactly what i had in mind. (kidding) :D :D :D You lost me when you started referring to pic axes and 3rd button hacks (i've not conquered the single button hack, yet!). I very much envy people that have the training and knowledge because it seems it would be an absolute blast to solder all those little "firecrackers" together and end up with something that actually works! I absolutely believe your suggestion will work it's just a little more than i wanted to be involved in. Hoping for a simple solution and it doesn't sound like there is one.

 

Thanks just the same.

hungryman

 

 

buckhunter1

 

I tryed putting the white plastic from a milk jug over the flash.........I could not see that it made any differance. At least my eyes couldn't detect any differance. It didn't seem to effect the range or the quality of the pics though.

 

hungryman

 

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