Polarizing filters are great, they enhance skies, remove reflections and reduce glare from photos. On the other hand they are usually big and not something you’d haul around for a smartphone. Here is a quick little hack courtesy of the Koldunov Brothers that builds a small and portable polarizer filter for your smart phone.
Nothing like a little creativity to get a reason to go out and shoot, and if creativity does not come from within, here are 9 easy tricks to give you a reason to go out and shoot.
OR, if you are just looking or a fun weekend project, this little video by COOPH has your back for 9 weeks.
What if you could have a keychain sized gadget that will always help you set a timelapse triggering scheme to your Canon? Ilya Titov asked that very same question which led him to hack an Affinity arcade kit into a Canon remote. This is not the first time Ilya is tampering with Canon remotes, he already made a small keychain remote. But this time he went overboard by using a small £20 DIY game kit called Attiny Arcade.
Shane Hurlbut has worked as DP on some great Hollywood movies and Terminator Salvation. But, despite the huge budgets often afforded him, he doesn’t sniff at the idea of DIY solutions. Some of Shane’s more recent work has been on the AMC show Into the Badlands. During the filming of the show, actors had to be lit by fire, or something that closely resembled it.
Simulating firelight is fun, but often requires a lot of lights and equipment to get a realistic look. Shane loves shooting with firelight, but decided to take a DIY approach to achieving the effect. He converted a big metal trashcan into a firelight simulator. In this video, he’s going to show us how he did it.
We’ve shown you a few different DIY LED light panels before, but technology and techniques evolve. LEDs are always coming out that are better, cheaper, brighter and with higher CRI than the previous generation. Photographers and videographers are now able to more easily address their needs with DIY lighting options, and often at a much lower cost than the commercially available options.
In this video from Makify, Vinny walks us through the construction of this super bright LED Light Panel. It has high CRI LEDs and a “video-safe dimmer”. This dimmer is “video-safe” because it allows you to increase and decrease the brightness of the light while filming without flicker.
Tripod threads in the bottom of cameras and other devices are usually pretty solid. I’ve got cameras that are decades old that still have perfectly functional ones. But, I’ve also had a couple of adapters and gadgets where they haven’t survived so well. Quality control isn’t what it once was, and the number of devices containing 1/4-20″ sockets has soared compared to only a few years ago. So, failures are far more likely these days.
Repairs like this can be a pain. If you can’t connect your camera to your tripod, slider, gimbal or other support system, you’re screwed. Sending to a service centre for repair can be costly and take a few weeks to get your gear back. Fortunately, filmmaker Tom Antos has put up a video to show us how we can repair our own using a readily available DIY tripod screw repair kit.
If you want to have really fluffy clouds in your photos, you basically have three options: The most time consuming option is probably shooting on a day where the weather fits. Your second option would be to compose some clouds in (there is quite a wide selection here). But the most fun way would be to create your own clouds.
We shared one method before which involved balloons and pillow stuffing, but this method was is definitely more fun, and kids friendly. Not to mention it will make your house smell nice for about a week.
Building a studio in your home is the dream for many photographers. Assuming you can convince the rest of your family it’s a good idea, it can even become a reality. For those just getting into studio photography, building a home studio may be an afterthought to a home you already own. You may be very limited on space, so how can you make the most of it?
In this video, photographer Joe Edelman walks us through his home studio. While many of us might not be able to dedicate the space that Joe has, there’s always ways to make things feel bigger than they are. Joe shows us some of his space saving tips, as well as props and tools which serve multiple functions. No matter how large or small your studio, there are always ways to optimise your space and workflow.
Mounting a camera overhead can be a difficult task if it’s not something you need to do regularly. Many of those that do need it regularly have permanent camera installations so they’re always ready at a moment’s notice. For those who prefer to take the DIY approach, we’ve covered quite a few options before. Sometimes, though, you don’t want a permanent fixed rig.
What do you do for those random occasions where you just decide you want an overhead shot, and need to setup in a hurry? Well, this video from the folks over at Wistia offers three different ways to help you get the overhead shot with minimal extra kit.
Most of you who read this web page take copious amounts of photographs. Unless you have unlimited wall space and a massive ink budget along with paper, you most likely only print a few. Generally, I only have wall space for about 3 prints on the wall of my office. I tried changing them up frequently, but this led to near bankruptcy. Seeing that printer ink for my R1800 runs about $36,000 a gallon, roughly the price of a gallon of gasoline in the year 2116. That coupled with the printer seemingly to be constantly craving ink of one color or another between nearly every 16×20 print. So I needed to make something to display the pictures of my entire photo library. Most digital picture frames are tiny little devices with limited onboard storage. I needed something bigger and with a lot more storage. Lets face it, modern digital cameras take pictures that require more memory than an old system 360 IBM had (and it took up the entire 5th floor of the Math Sciences building at UCLA). This is not a truly innovative idea, but the execution is to repurpose a technology device at the end of its lifespan. It also solved a design flaw in all the digital displays; a cord has to get to them with power and signal. So unless you like to poke holes in your walls to route wires this may be a solution.