In one of the last scenes of one of Schwarzenegger's best films, The Running Man, the evil producer makes a real time video swap between the face of a stunt double and the face of the (future) Governor of California.The technology is called Digital Matte Tracking or somthing.
They want it to look as if Schwarzenegger was killed. In 1987 it was thought impossible. I think it still it.
Here are some of the video and photography editing stuff that were invented since then. Evenly impossible and evenly impressive. Click to continue ›
If you are tuned to DIYPs twitter and facebook accounts you know that something big is coming on May. We are diligently making preparations.
We thought long and hard about what will the best way to kick off our new product and decided on doing a video. So, directed by Zeke Kamm of Nice photo mag, we headed out to the wilderness.(You're gonna have to read till the end if you wanna see it big :)
For this particular shot Zeke wanted me to take a "bad picture". Crossing out all the regular "bad pictures" ideas - like soft focus, bad exposure and so on, we thought what can be worst than getting smeared on a wind shield. I say, not much. Click to continue ›
Here is a nifty idea. Use a couple of cheapo IR LEDs and a nimijack from your neighborhood RadioLove store and you can make your iPhone into a Camera Super remote.
DSLRbot ($4.99)is a simple playback application that plays WAV files. Interestingly, the WAV files it plays correspond to commands used on DSLRs infrared remotes. In turn, those can be used to make time lapse sequences, HDR bracketing and all kinds of similar tricks. Compare that to your over $100 Nikon or Canon Intervalometer. Click to continue ›
Now, every once in a while we have a "dare" tutorial, one that will kill an entire month of weekends (and then some). Those are not for the faint of heart, but the results and satisfaction from completing one of those projects in unbelievable. (see the battlefield pinhole camera for example). It is the same with this project - it is not an easy task, it takes woodmenship, electronics know-how, and plenty of time, but the results are stunning.
(But hey, you know what, even if you just pick up one of the ideas in this post, it would rock. For example, building the collapsible rails idea to be used with the cheapo motor slider puller)
The movie comes first - this should get you motivated - then the instructions. Embrace yourselves.
Interesting subjects make for great photographs, so are interesting backgrounds. Photographer Karl Zemlin has a great DIY for projecting strobe light to create interesting backgrounds. (He also has a nifty DIY section on his site)
All you would need is a box, a few Fresnel lenses and some textured glass. The main idea is that you could get the texture of the glass projected on a seamless white (or any other smooth) background.
What makes this design really rock is the little tripod socket at the bottom, so you can simply place this behind your subject on a light stand and have a symmetrical background. Click to continue ›
Here is a little hack that will save you money, help you not to spend another dime and make it easy for you to view pictures on your iPhone during eating your cereals.
It is the Credit Card iPhone Holder. TADA! A while back I saw this great hack from Flickr user TheCase. It was about abusing a credit card and converting it into a mini tripod thingy. Think Glif, only flatter. Click to continue ›