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Aaron, if you don't mind using a PC cord between your camera and your flash, send me a PM with your mailing address; I'll send you a Vivitar 285HV flash, a Vivitar PC cord, the rare and hard-to-find remote cord for the Vari-Power module, and a small shoot-through umbrella (part of my NYI student kit that I don't need). All you'll need to do is supply a light stand to mount it all on.
Wow, really Brian? This is one of the kindest things anyone has ever offered to do for me. I sent you a PM with address info. Thank you very much! i'll see what I got laying around I can put in the freebie thread so I can return this karma!
The umbrella idea is fine, as is any diffusion material (shower curtain, white trash bag) taped onto a cardboard frame. Cheap is good. No need for a remote trigger, either: just use your finger. With camera self-timer, you can easily sync a 1/2sec shutter by ear. Shot below is an example, and is actually two frames color-balanced separately. Taking camera was a lowly Lumix FX150 with no hot shoe. Never mind that the lights cost several thousand.
That's a thought I suppose. Never thought of that, thanks. Mmmm....a Yashica lens! I gotta get some new pics of my Yashinon DX, Soligor and other alt lenses on my cam.