8 Reasons To Do A DIY Photography Project

 

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I started photography about 6 years ago. I was doing a 365 day project in flickr when I saw all the great strobist shots people were taking. I wanted to give it a try but I only had one sb-24 speedlight (it’s a 1988 flash) and no light modifiers whatsoever so I needed to DIY my own lights.

I remember the first DIY project that I made, it was a 1 foot  x 1 foot  softbox made out of illustration board and tracing paper. After that I used a silver umbrella and a white shower curtain to create my own studio look and after that was history in the making.

So here are my 8 reasons why you’d wanna do a DIY project

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Frugality Works! Using an iPhone and an IKEA Lamp For Scanning Film Negatives

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Photographer Kasper Vandermaesen is shooting film. That means that his process actually involves chemicals and a lab visit each time a roll is done. For viewing purposes, however, Kaper has his lab scan the film and deliver a digital file.

Unfortunately, on his last visit to the lab, they skipped one of the photographs while scanning and being such a lovely frame, Kasper did not give it up.

It is this kind of stuff that makes new technology interesting, to see how it interacts with whatever’s out there. Kasper used an IKEA lamp and his iPhone to “scan” the photo.

Here is another interesting bit, Kasper went from digital to film, as he tells the Phoblographer:

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The Mamiya Hero 3+ Is a Gopro Hero Retrofitted in a Mamiya Ruby

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Flickr user Hannu Ilkka was one of the few who were not excited by the new GoPro Hero4 announcement. In fact Hannu is more of a retro camera kind of photographer.

I guess this could be the only reason why Hannu retrofitted a GoPro Hero 3+ inside a 35mm Mamiya Ruby. Using a set of levers and studs, Hannu jas the Mamia buttons control the start/stop, wifi and selection buttons of the GoPro, and a small window int the Mamia body allows peeking into the gopro LCD.

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Building A Photo Booth Using A Gopro Camera, Some Led Lights And A Doorbell

I offered our good friends to build a photo booth for their wedding to be held here in Berlin Germany. They had already been asking around and searching the web for a solution without any luck.

I immediately knew that I wanted to make a fun automated contraption that mimicked something from an amusement park, rather than just setting up a DSLR with an umbrella etc. as it needed to be something different that people would relax in front of and not feel intimidated by equipment.

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I also knew I wanted to use a camera with an extreme wide angle lens as it creates dynamic and fun images, plus it needed to be a rugged but highly portable solution that I could throw in a cab when going to and from the party. So the choice for integrating an action camera like the GoPro was given.

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Build A DIY Slide Scanner For $10

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Example of the slide scanner by Barkergk

Here’s a quick DIY project that can help you convert your collection of old slide film collection into digital images by Instructables user, barkergk. The project calls for PVC pipe, a smartphone, and a few other items that can be easily sourced and the project itself shouldn’t take up too much of your time making it a great rainy day activity. Let’s get to it! [Read more...]

[At Your Own Risk] How To Convert An EOS 550D To Shoot In Infrared

Until the 20th century, “reality” was everything humans could touch, smell, see and hear. Since the initial publication of the chartered electromagnetic spectrum… humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see and hear is less than one millionth of reality.”  Foreword by Niles Davis.

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Here at Destruction Of Cats Technologies, we bring you cutting edge innovations at the forefront of the photographic revFURlution with the aid of duct tape, cardboard and other salvageable treasures found in neglected trashcans in deserted alleyways.

3 years ago, in the alleyways of Bondi Beach, Stevender hacked into his camera against the wishes of his friends, family and ancestors to reveal a hidden spectrum invisible to mere mortals: Infrared.

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Build a $300 Music Stand Triflector for $29

I have always wanted to DIY my own triflector, but the problem was I didn’t even know where to start or what material to use.

You’re probably asking why I would want a triflector? Because it produces the most stunningly beautiful glamour light. Now, Lastolite does sell one of those, but they are around $330 with frame panels and all. I wanted it cheaper and I wanted it faster.

Before I started photography around 6 years ago I was studying classical guitar in the top university here in the Philippines so I remembered that I had a music stand lying around from my music days. It was a perfect starting point for my DIY triflector, and they are only about $15. So here is a quick step by step tutorial on how I built a DIY music stand triflector.

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Quick DIY Hack To Help You Keep Your Cameras Safe And Sound In Precarious Shooting Conditions

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Scared your camera mount is going to fail you in the midst of a photoshoot, sending it into a fatal introduction with the ground? Concerned about a fox relocating your GoPro to an undisclosed location? This quick and easy  hack can give you an added level of assurance. You can make a nice tether for your GoPro (or any piece of gear) that you can use to quickly tie the camera down with, giving you an added level of assurance, by following the simple steps of this hack. [Read more...]

Build A Pro Quality Light Source With This Awesome DIY LED Light Panel Tutorial

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LED light panels are great tools to have in your studio regardless of whether your a working with video or still photography. The continuous light sources come in a variety of sizes, but the nice ones also come at a price that may not agree with everyone’s budget. In this exceptionally well made video tutorial from the nice folks over at DIY Perks, you can learn how to make your own $500 dollar panel for under $70.

Before we get started, we should probably let you know this isn’t exactly the easiest or fastest project we’ve featured. It’s also not the most difficult, but you’ll need to be comfortable with power tools and know how to (or learn how to) work a soldering iron. If you’re willing to put in the time, the end product could save you some serious dough and also boost your DIY cred to all new heights.
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