The 5 Minutes, $1.50 Reflector And How To Use It

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I’ve already used those DIY reflectors in a couple of my articles but I’ve never actually did a full post explaining how they are built and used. I want to show you how easy it is to make this reflector and how useful it can be. Definitely a good use for $1.50. It actually takes around 5 minutes to make it and you can make it as big or small as you need.

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DIY: How To Build A Portable V-Flat With Customized Catchlights

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DIY is where we started, and we love to return to it whenever possible…especially for tutorials like this.

Columbus, Ohio-based photographer Nick Fancher believes that you can “studio” anywhere, turning the most ordinary locations into quality pseudo-studios.  In this video (after the jump), Nick shows us how he constructed a simple and portable v-flat lighting configuration using (what appears to be) foam board and tape.

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DIY: Photographer Uses $0.5 TP Rolls To Diffuse $700 Macro Strobes

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Here is a great tip we got from Mark Thorpe and it has to do both with TP rolls and with Macro photography. It turns out that there is a great way to diffuse the the $750 Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash.

At heart the MT-24EX is a dual strobe system that sits around the lens and enables getting the light pretty close to your subject from two sides. Close means soft light (I mean think how huge a strobe at 3cm must look to an ant), and two-sided-illumination means significant shadow reduction.

But PixelHobo who need just a little bit more diffusion, attached two rings made from old desk lamps covered with toilet paper to get an even bigger light source. Not really sure if this is more simple or more clever.

For more information about the rig, visit Mark’s G+ post.

Yup, toilet paper is definitely a must for photographers.

[Mark Thorpe]

DIY Hyperlapse Cable Cam Cart for Use With Syrp Genie

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One of the most versatile and useful products on the market today for time lapse and live action video motion control is the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H).

To me, the biggest capability of the Genie that separates it from other time lapse and live action motion control devices is its ability to run long distance cable cam shots – there is no other device on the market that can do this.

But, in order to run a cable cam sequence – you first need a cable cam cart.

In this article, I will share the details of my DIY hyperlapse cable cam cart that I built for use with the Syrp Genie.

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Become a camera maker on the super-cheap: DIY Pinhole Camera + Template

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Have you suffered crushing disappointment from never realizing your dreams of becoming a camera maker? I haven’t, but, hey…it’s your story; write it any way you choose.

However, if you have always wanted to construct your own camera on the cheap, Pixel Análogo has come to your rescue. They detail (in Spanish) how to construct your own pinhole camera using trash and materials around your house, AND they provide free, downloadable templates to help you along the way.

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Turn your tablet into an external monitor for more on-the-go workspace

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One problem that we photographers (and other creative pros) run into a lot is the need for additional screen real estate.  For those on the go and working from laptops, it’s really not convenient to carry around an extra LCD monitor in your bag (obviously).  But, if you have an iPad or Android tablet, you may have just found your answer neigh at hand.

Instructables user Ironman 54 recently detailed the process of easily turning his iPad into an external monitor for his computer.

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Turn an old, silk scarf into a stylish camera strap

diy-scarf-camera-strapI’m always looking to accessorize to compliment my beard, from the hats I wear to…well, that’s pretty much the extent of it. While this DIY project isn’t perhaps something I would personally dangle around my manly neck, I think it’s awesome and would make a great handmade gift for the female photographer in your life.

Photographer, camera bag designer, and semi-pro crocodile wrestler (she’s from Australia…we made assumptions) Emma Anderson recently posted a tutorial on repurposing an old, silk scarf into a stylish and gorgeous camera strap. (Just because I wouldn’t wear it doesn’t mean I can’t like it, right?)

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