Using Suction Pads To Secure Lightstands

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DIYP reader Maor Cohen of Kaveret sent us this sweet tip about using suction pads for securing light stands. It has some huge benefits over carrying several kilos per stand in sand bags. Of course they are easier to carry, not as messy, and provide more security.

The idea is kinda self explanatory from the photo, but Maor sent us some more details about this hack. The suction pad used is a triple suction cup capable of carrying up to 309lb, and originally intended for lifting glass or fixing car dents. (you can also use a smaller double cup version which will support up to 130lb).  Next you will have to secure the base of the stand to the suction mount and make sure it is tight and this is it.

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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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