Have you ever scanned film negatives on your own? If so, you know it can be a time-consuming process. To help make sure you don’t waste time scanning unwanted negatives, YouTuber Adam of Ekenstam has shared a clever way to preview your negatives using an iPad. [Read more…]
I am not really sure when you would need a hand-held 90,000 Lumens flash light. The kind of light that lights an entire mountain side from far, far away. It is actually so bright, that I find it hard to think about applications for such light. (100W seems to be enough, no?). But it can be made, so youtuber rctestflight made it, and explained how to build one yourself.
The internet has quite a bit of reports that the Rokinon/Samyang/Walimex MFT Fisheye has some issues with its focus scale. The reports range from the annoying”Infinity is at the 0.5ft mark” all the way up to “not focusing to infinity at all“. My lens had the latter issue. That’s why I started to look around the net for a solution. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a real tip on how to fix it. The only hint I got was from the rear lens element becoming loose on some lenses.
In fact, the rear lens element was also the issue of my not focusing to infinity problem. I was able to fix it by unscrewing it a bit. Here is a DIY guide on how to fix your lens in case you have focus issues as well. (of course, this is all very informational, if you end up bricking your lens by following this guide, we are not taking any blame for it)
Many years ago as a newly qualified civil engineer I went to my first proper site knowing everything!! My new boss was much cleverer. I spent 6 months as a chainman helping a proper engineer, I walked miles carrying a huge wooden tripod and a bloody great wooden box containing a theodolite; I really hated them and severely abused them whenever possible, all to no avail as they were still there and working next day.
After starting a degree course in photography and obtaining some very expensive gear I bought a Manfrotto tripod for £150, although I never felt happy with my gear sitting on this on the rocks, or up a mountain in a gale on the west coast of Ireland.
A decision was made to combine the rigidity and strength of the theo legs with a quick release head for my cameras.
Every time I am at my local big box hardware store I always take a peek at the lighting aisle to see what is new and exciting in the world of home illumination.
(Or more specifically, I check to see a manufacturer has finally created a big honkin’ LED light bulb that would be bright enough to use for DIY video lighting.)
Well, after a recent shopping trip, I am happy to report that I finally found a few options for inexpensive, readily available hardware store LED light bulbs that work very well for indoor video lighting.
Blood is crucial to movies. And it is not just the gore-filled, army oriented, zombie killing movies. Every time someone get hit and need to bleed a bit, there is the issue of where blood comes from.
Of course, you can not use real blood. There are moral and ethical issues with that. Not to mention the hygiene catastrophe that would unfold with real blood. But then, movies have been showing blood for a really long time. So how do they do it? Using fake blood.
This tutorial from Filmmaker IQ shows how to make fake blood and how fake blood was used throughout the cinematic timeline.
One of the interesting facts on the tutorial is that much of the blood was cut out from films during the 1930 because of self censorship coming from the big Hollywood studios (A.K.A the Hays code). Then in the 50’s the code died, when television came in, among other reasons.
Some gear needs extra protection especially when going on an outdoor production. Here is how to quickly make a hard case to protect your gear. I am actually going to use part of the packaging that the gear was sent with. While this is not a solution for every piece of gear, it is often a quick and solid way to protect your gear.
I recently started using the Feiyu Tech 3 Axis Gimbal. Being a small piece with some electronics inside, I wanted to protect it when going on productions, but the hard case was not yet in stock. I still needed the gimbal, so I went ahead and got it, figuring that I will figure the hard case later.
As many camera gear pieces, the gimbal came in a cardboard box. Luckily, that cardboard box was fitted with hard foam insert, and the different pieces of the gimbal (charger, batteries, cables) are nicely tucked inside that protective foam.
BOOM! I knew what to do.
Photographer Eric Pare (previously) is always pushing his 1 second light painting technique, and it is quite interesting to see what results you can achieve when you are imposing creative limits on yourself.
Being limited to roughly 1 second, Eric wanted to try something new for Adobe Max and created one of the simplest, yet powerful lighting painting tool that I have seen.
Eric used a $25 LED strip zip-tied to a broomstick to create a straight line of small LEDs. Aside the symmetrical patterns, those LEDs also change colors so the results are pretty RAD.
If you engage in any water activity with a GoPro (or any other action camera for that matter), you know that condensation will build up quite quickly on the inner side of the case. This is because of the temperature drop that chills the water vapor trapped in the case.
The DIY option is quite easy, and dirt cheap:
If you see any visualization of the cosmos nowadays it is probably one of two: either computer generated effect or a stack of images from NASA public archive.
I absolutely love the idea of creating effect in camera, and especially when the process is simple and innovative and the results are worth the effort. Shanks FX used a mix of milk, food coloring and soap over a piece of glass. They then mounted a Canon 5DS and used the high speed burst mode to capture 2-4 photos per second, and combine them into a time-lapse. Alas it was too large of a file: