What Can You do With Six Speedlights and a Coffee Can

sb-ring-flash.jpgI should have seen this one coming. What can you do if you have a ton of SBs and a bit of duct tape? A multi-super-sb-ring-light.

The idea is very simple – take 6 super-duper Nikon SBs and mount them on a cut coffee can. You can use duct tape to hold them on.

Connect 3 pocket wizards with splitters to the flashes and fire away.

No doubt that Joshua Targownik (check out his cool site) has a great idea, here are some of my thoughts on this great ring flash.

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A Little Somthing For The Road

something_for_the_roadCommuting sucks!! Any objections? No? OK. Let’s see how we can make commuting rock.

The time it gets me to go to work varies. If I snooze three times and then turn the buzzer off spend some quality-coffee-time on the morning with my wife, I am bound to hit the traffic time. That means that taking my daughter to kinder garden takes 20 minutes by car (5 minutes if I jump start on the first sound of the alarm clock). Wait it gets better. Going from there to work will now take some 45-50 minutes (15-17 minutes, if I was an early bird and prepared my clothing on the previous night).

For a long while I used to hear a hilarious morning show (fun) or the news (boring crap). Why am I telling you this? Because I’ve hit the jackpot as far as turning my commuting time to something great.

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The Party Bouncer is Back in Business (Card)

party_bouncerYet another small internal flash bouncer. I really like this one since it is the fastest one to make yet. I’ll estimate about 15 seconds.

If you are a big executive and have your own business card, you can cut the time it takes you to get a business card and you are at 5 seconds. The results are not professional and there is some light lost, but when all else fails, it is a neat trick to have up your sleeve. It will defiantly work for Canon internal flashes. Other brands – you might need to adjust a bit.

I got this trick in the mail from Marko Helenius. He holds a nice gallery at markohelenius.fi. Pleae go over there and have a looksy. Judging by the (small number of) studio shots, this guy knows what he is doing. Now I give the floor to Marko.

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Speed Links for 12-20-2007

speedlinks It has been busy in the photography blogosphere – here is some stuff I found to be interesting.

  • 6 methods for perfectly focused self-portraits
    Great article about nailing them unfocused self portraits. Of course – once you are in focus, you have to make sure you’re having a good hair day.
  • The DIY Flexible Flash Arm
    The Global Photographer
    Some DIY competition – a great step by step tutorial on building a flexible flash holder arm thingy. Keep up the great work, Matt.
  • What Makes Good Composition?
    Annual Report Photographer
    every article by David is a reason to celebrate. In this series, David explains the ins and outs of the perfect composition. In this article – aiming the viewer toward your subject.
  • Pictures of the Year 2007
    Every year Reuters releases their Pictures of the Year. 2007 is no different. Reuters is releasing hundreds of thousands of pictures each year – every picture that made it into the list is a great moment catch, a unique lighting, a rare moment, a feeling to treasure.
  • Photoshop case study: from picture to Christmas card the final
    All Day I Dream About Photography
    A three step tutorial on converting everyday image into a Christmas card fiesta.

This is one video that left me shocked. A camera that captures you when you smile. The next thing to invent is a camera that takes your picture when they tell you won the lottery. (I think I have one like this no my desk – didn’t fail me yet).

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Related Links:
- Speed Links for 12-11-2007
- Speed Links for 11-20-2007

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Turn Them Christmas Ornemants to a 360 Fisheye Lens

xmas_ball.jpgChristmas it coming. It is a wonderful opportunity to get them shiny tree ornaments out of the storage and decorate your tree.

Have you given any thought to the day after Christmas? Under the tree there are tons of presents, everyone is opening the presents. Let me add a DIYP present to the heap. (Click the image to see a larger view)

Reader Simon*B has a great use for the tree ornaments for the day after the sock is empty.

This is a fun and fast project, at the end of which, you’ll be able to take 360 images with your digital camera. (There is a “slight” fish eye effect that will make Rudolf’s nose like a button compared to yours but that’s part of the fun).

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Great Ways To Include Shadows In Your Pictures – Discussion

shadows_friends.jpgResults from the Shadows Assignment, in which you were asked to include shadows in your photographs.

We had 9 flickr submissions (two by Carlos – waytogo!) as well as 10 comments submissions – coming to a total of 19 submissions.

All images submitted were great and I had a hard time choosing the top four. I got those four as they each reflect a different technique of using shadows.

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Getting Fired by My Daughter – a Homage to X Man

fired_03.jpgLast night I got fired by my daughter. I kid you not. She firmly stood on her two tiny legs wearing an executive outfit and gave me the hard news. My Daughter is almost 3.

Not long ago David X. Tejada (blog, site) posted a video showing his setup for a firm executive shot. You can watch the video at the end of this post. One thing that I believe pushes me forward as a photographer is learning the techniques of great photographers like David X. Tejada, and then apply them on creative ideas that I have. Note that for this learning technique to work, you can not copycat an image (there is another technique of trying to reproduce an image to learn the lighting, but that is another story).

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DIY Wax-Fen Flash Diffuser – Yet Another Bouncy Thingy

wax-fen.jpgThis guest post by Rick S. (aka therickman), Pittsburgh, PA. features a stofen like device for no money at all. (OK, 2 cents, if you get really pecky). It’s foldable and it’s cheap and it’ll give you a bare bulb type of lighting. To learn more about bare-bulb lighting visit the strobist.

Here is a quick and easy way to make a “professional” flash diffuser without shelling out twenty or so dollars at your local camera shop. In fact, the cost of this homemade pearl is… well, nothing! Just your time making it, which should take less than ten minutes. Ready to start taking better images with softer lighting? Let’s go! [Read more...]

85 Great Photography Blogs, Galleries and Sites You Can’t Afford to Miss

librarianWOW! I love DIYP readers! A week ago I asked DIYP readers to introduce yourselves by sharing your photography with the rest of DIYP readers. A total of 85 (that’s almost triple my age) photographers and bloggers accepted the challenge and stepped up to share their blog, gallery, site or flickr stream.

I was happy to get familiar with 85 photography sites, blogs and galleries. During the course of the week, I have paid a visit to each of the sites and blogs, learning a bit about each of you. My RSS reader is now fully loaded with tons of new feeds.

The images found on the sites listed below took my breath more then once. I also found it very hard on many occasions to tell amateurs from pros. Man there are some darn fine amateurs out there. Below you will find a list of all the great places I visited and all the great people who makes DIYP so special.
Image by Cindi.

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Speed Links for 12-11-2007

speedlinksIt has been a great month for photography lovers with tons of good stuff from around the web.

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Related links:
- Speed Links for November 20 2007

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