At the conclusion of the Tour, it was door prize time, and Joe being Joe, started by the conversation.
"How many of you have more than one speedlight?" Fully a quarter of the audience raises their hand.
"How many of you have more than three?" Hands start to drop. My hand stays up. Joe looks around, making a mental note of where the contest winner might be sitting.
"How many have more than five?" Most of the hands are down. My hand is still standing proud. I finally get Joe's attention.
"More than ten?" he asks. My hand is now the last one standing. Members of the audience chuckle, while others grin and shake their collective heads. I won the door prize, a copy of DVD set on Nikon Speedlights, after which McNally offers, with a sly Irish smile, "You need professional help".
Storage Problem Solved: Needless to say, having that many speedlights can cause some small logistical problems, including safe storage that's easy to get to. I found my solution in the form of a 24-pocket shoe organizer from Bed Bath and Beyond. It's actually a little long for the rolling closet my cameras call home, one row being tucked away at the bottom.
- Batteries Loaded: Facing Up, with domes in place.
- Batteries Removed: Facing down, with and without domes.
- Gelled Speedlights: If the speedlights have gels already taped on, they'll be stored loaded, with the domes up, for easy identification.