How To Build A DIY Eyelighter

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I’m always looking to add new light modifiers to my home studio but name brand products are often too expensive. I still cannot justifies a big expense for a single look so $300 for the Wescott Eyelighter was not a reasonable purchase for me. Plus looking at the components I felt it could be made for pennies on the dollar, look almost as nice and most importantly give me similar results. Being the handy man type I’m prone to DIY just about anything and as long as my wife doesn’t complain about the look or build quality. She’s happy, I’m happy; such is life. And since I’m the spender in this family keeping her happy is my path to more gear.

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Watch: A GoPro Gets SLo-Mo Scorched In Flames During A Failed Rocket Test

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Copenhagen Suborbitals is the kind of project we like. They are a non-profit, DIY-driven, Arduino-powered project “working towards launching a human being into space, and bringing him safely back to earth“. This is interesting because most projects I know of only care about the getting to space part, and leave the safety back bit.

One of the development phases involves building a rocket engine. It would be a simple task, it is not rocket science after all…

Wait, it is rocket science. This is why every step is tested again and again to insure it is working. On August 20th, the team did a static test for their HEAT2X Engine (one that does not try to lift a rocket into air) and luckily had a GoPro 3 camera strategically placed right under the engine. The footage show an inferno on earth in 240 FPS.

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The Westcott Eyelighter Will Give Wonderful Eyes. In Camera

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One of the holy grails of beauty retouching is perfect eyes. Actually, getting good lighting on the eyes would probably be one of the first things you would lean in a beauty retouching workshop, maybe after perfecting skin. One of the “secrets” to getting good light on the eyes is getting a slight moon-shaped highlight on the bottom of the eye. Dave Piper covered that a while back on his eye’s retouching tutorial, but what if you wanted to get this in camera?

I just stumbled upon this great lighting modifier over at Neil van Niekerk’s Tangents blog. It is called the The Eyelighter and only does one thing, but it does it well: It provides a light that gives an arched reflection in the eye.

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DIY: Slider (With Bearings) For Under $100

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Time and again we show our love for sliders as creative tools. They provide some sweet production value at little cost and effort. Now most DIY sliders that we feature here are either friction based (with the build trying to minimise friction) or aligned-skating-wheels based. It is kinda rare to see a build with the smoothness of bearings. And this one by Jones Oliver is under $100.

With more and more people turning into makering, more maker-dedicated shops are popping around and Jones mostly used the parts from one of those stores for his build:

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No, You Can Not Patent “Sorting And Uploading Photos For Athletes To Download”

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A few weeks back we reported a weird patent lawsuitPhotoCrazy (owned by Peter Wolf), was suing a South Carolina event photography business, Capstone, for violating a few patents. without going into the technicalities of it Photocrazy claimed that “taking photos of an athlete at an event, sorting the images by the bib number wore by the athlete, and putting them a website” is their patent.

Sound like bull, right?

Right! And court backs it up.

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Some Sweet Advice On Dealing With (Online) Criticism

Have you ever come back from the most incredible shoot of your life only to get a person go down on you? Have you ever had the most amazing idea for your business and when going live a fried totally dissed you?

Being a creative means that you put yourself out there almost daily and that means that criticism will come. The question is how to deal with it in a way that both let you take in the value from what you are told but not let this impact on your self esteem. And us creatives sometimes have very fragile egos.

Marie Forleo has some of the best advice I’ve heard about how to deal with criticism on or off line. While her advice may take some practice, it is extremely beneficial if you can follow.

[Do You Let Criticism Stop You? How To Insult-Proof Your Ego | Marie Forleo]

Uncropped Album Cover Photos Show The Bigger Image

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When I was young we used to drool over albums (well not really drool, but you know what I mean). Getting a 12 inch vinyl record was not only about the music, it was also about the entire experience of ownership. Then came the CDs and cover art shrank to about 6 inches and then came digital and cover art was gone.

The team at aptitude.co.uk wanted to extend a tribute to this dying, soon-to-be-lost art and created what could  have been the full photos from which the cover art was taken.

I am flabbergasted

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This Epic Storm Timelapse Will Make You Want To Get Close And Personal with A Storm

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Storms are terrifying things. The shear mass and brute force of a forming storm should probably strike fear in any person seeing the clouds gather. So if you have any brains in your heads, you probably drive as fast and as far away as you can. Well, not if you are Nicolaus Wegner. In this case you drive as close as you can, place your tripod on the fields and start a timelapse.

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New Zealand’s Hobbit Safety Video Shows Everything Can Be Epic

When we think airline safety videos we usually think… Actually we don’t think, we black out because we know it is going to be as boring as watching paint dry.

Then on the other hand you have the Epic The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,which should come out by the end of the year. hmmmm…..

Air New Zealand meshed the two up to create the most Epic airline safety video ever.

Aside some epic landscapes, elves, Orcs, The Lord of the Eagles and some epic battles, the movie also features one Elijah Woods and a quick hello from Peter Jackson.

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How Would You Redefine Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Photographers?

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This Pyramid is probably every psychology student nightmare. It illustrates Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which explains what do people really want. The (overly simplified here) idea behind the Pyramid is that you can only tent to a higher layer after you have dealt with satisfying the need of all the layers underneath it.

But how would this transform to photography? I have my idea of course, but I would love putting this here and hear your ideas. Share with us in the comments.