Photographer John Crane was out hiking around a few days ago, and came across a sweet ice cave that he felt would look great if he used a green filter on the flash. Unfortunately, he left all his gels at home — but his friend suggested using one of the Fruit Roll-ups they’d brought along for snack time. Lo and behold, it worked.
The lesson here isn’t really that Fruit Roll-Ups are awesome photography accessories, but that creativity doesn’t end in the composition or post-work. A photographer should be ready to improvise, use what they’ve got, put himself and his camera at risk if it means getting the shot.
It’s for this reason that I dislike studio photography and big setups. I think there are control issues going on there.