This Instructable will show you how to turn the remains of a disposable camera into a slave flash for use with a DSLR camera or any camera with a hot shoe. It uses some off-the-shelf items that are relatively inexpensive and gives you the flexibility to have multiple flashes.
Step 1: Materials
- 3/8" drill bit
- needle nose pliers
- soldering iron
- utility knife
- small screw driver
- a used disposible camera body with flash
- 4" of 22g insulated wire (and something to strip it with)
- 1/4" panel mount phone jack - solder
Step 2: Step 1: Initial camera disassembly
Remove the label from the back half of the body. This will allow access to the tab clips that hold the two halves together. Use the small screw driver so gently raise the tabs. Start with a tab on the top or bottom and work your way around the body. The back should come off and you should see the following, going from left to right; a AA battery on the far left side; the empty feeder spool next to the battery; a rectangular cavity with the lens at the center and another cylindrical cavity where the film canister was located. (Note! Depending on how aggressively your local photo processing clerk breaks into the camera body, the back half of the camera body may be missing the section over the film canister on the right). Keep the back panel. Toss the feeder spool.