Take a disposable camera, (for the flash parts),
steal, borrow, beg, be given a mood light ball, (thanks girls, love you!), and cram the
DIY flash inside it. Then scratch your head as to how you're going to
fire the camera on your lonesome, (so cobble together a foot operated
shutter remote control from an old computer mouse!), throw it all in
the air along with some glass marbles and 'clutter-clunk', (aren't
dSLR's noisy things!?!), you get something like this :-)
(Then spend ages trying to find all the marbles and pick them up!)
Now if I can just come up with a set lit with another flash and a far better looking model :-p then job's a good'un.
You'll be asking for EXIF data and 'strobist' details next won't you?!
OK here goes:
Camera - Yes, it does help
Lens - Yes, that's another helpful thing
Shutter - Hmm, pretty fast, just a quick click, maybe 1/180th for the flash?
Aperture - Does it really matter? It's a 4/3rd sensor so will you be converting the DOF?
ISO - Yes, it does that too
Focal length - Err, about half way through the zoom
White Balance - Go figure, auto certainly doesn't work
Exposure Program - Manual, manual, manual, auto just doesn't cut it
Strobist/Strobe/Flash information? OK.
DIY flash crammed into a mood light ball, 80uF@320V so that'd be about
4 watts a second. Yes! A whole 4 watts!
On board flash fired, well something had to trigger the slave in the ball didn't it? Yeah, yeah, alright it fired at 1/64th power and had a DIY infra red filter over it so it actually played no part in the final exposure whatsoever.
Bit of tinkering with the flash slave circuit to accommodate a 'pre-flash' and this could be taken just as well with a compact point & shoot.
Cameras aren't everything, just a bit of knowledge and we all can be playing with light :-)