Do you prefer natural light over studio light? Peter McKinnon does, and in his latest tutorial, he shows a simple way to make your own “natural light” when you don’t have enough of the real one. And not only is it simple, but you can make this setup for about $80, maybe even less. If you shoot and/or live in a place with little natural light, this setup is a lifesaver.
Here’s a (semi) fun way to start the year off right – it’s time to calibrate the focus of your lenses!
Most DSLRs offer options for “micro adjustment” or to “fine tune” the focus of attached lenses. If you happen to use Sigma ART series lenses, you can also use Sigma’s USB Dock for even more refined lens focus calibrations.
We’ve shown a few overhead camera rigs here on DIYP. Some have been quite simple using things you may already own. Others have been created from Open Source hardware. A few have been quite versatile, letting you quickly switch between vlogging & overhead setups. One thing many of them have in common, though, is that they’re not very space saving. They’re often built over fixed desks or tables, or require a lot of room for a stand, boom arm and counterweight.
This one from the guys over at The Film Look is a very elegant and simple solution to achieving these sorts of shots. Especially if you’re short on space. Based around a desk mounted monitor stand, this is a complete top-down solution. As well as the mount for the camera itself, there’s a place to put an external monitor, a backdrop holder, and even a folding flat surface to look down on.
It probably goes without saying, but – professional lighting is expensive. If you are just starting out your filmmaking career, or you’re simply a hobbyist, there’s no need for spending thousands of dollars on professional light. You can do it on a budget with construction lights you can find at any Home Depot.
In this video, you’ll see some tips and tricks how to choose the construction light and put it to the best use. Also, you’ll see some great DIY tips for creating natural color of light and making your own lighting barn doors.
If you’ve done research into underwater housing (and their cost), you’ll know how expensive they can be. In some instances, they cost more than the camera. Certainly, when you pay the premium price you’re also purchasing assurance, functionality, size, etc. However, rebel that I am, I didn’t want to pay the premium, so I built my own. They make cheaper underwater bags which I’ve used before, but the reason that didn’t meet my needs is I specifically wanted a big-dome port. Since they don’t sell those in any version except expensive housing cases, I knew my only option was to DIM (Do It Myself).
This post shows you how I built it, and some sample images that have since come from it on two different shoots. I’ve been quite pleased considering it cost me less that $50 and has had no issues with water leaks.
Have you ever wondered how big and bright an LED panel can get? Matt from DIY Perks has, and he decided to do something more than just imagine it. He created something that can easily be the world’s largest DIY LED panel. In this video, he shows us the process of making. And when he does it, it seems quite easy.
It’s winter and it’s cold out there. I suppose you don’t use a reflective window visor to protect your car from the Sun anymore, right? If it’s been lying around for a while, you can repurpose it and make yourself an eyelighter for about $40 (it’s usually $300). Michael A. Craven built his own and shared his idea with us. It’s practical, useful, affordable, and very easy to make. And you probably already have most of these stuff at home.
As we wrote earlier, GoPro introduced their new Karma grip and made it available for purchase. While it really seems to do a marvelous job for stabilizing your videos, not everyone can afford it. And when you’re tight on budget, you can always get creative. In this tutorial, you will see step by step instructions for making your own 3-axis gimbal. And considering it’s DIY, the results it gives are fantastic.
Living on the 9th floor in my apartment, anything that gets left in the car, stays in the car. Even if I later “suddenly” remember that I need it while I am at home. Having the enormous responsibility of my project 365, this is usually bad news for me. I knew that I was going to take a picture of one of my guitars because I had planned to. The only problem is, I wanted a table top. And for that… you need a tripod. I’m sure you know where I am going with this. Yes, the tripod is in the car, and its pouring outside, its cold, and anyway I’m flustered because I decided to postpone the picture till 2:00 am. I’m just not going down to get my tripod!
So it was time to work around it, because honestly, I couldn’t think of anything else to take a picture of…
Photographers are always coming up with ways to try and think a little differently. Sometimes they add a little uniqueness and interest to our shot. At other times they lets us get shots we otherwise might not be able to get at all.
In this video, photographer Peter McKinnon shows us us 8 different camera tricks he actually uses. They involve fairly every day objects you can find around the house. A belt, cellphone, and a knife are just some of the items Peter uses to bring something unique his photography.