Crazy Small-Planet Video composed with 6 GoPro Cameras

About two years ago the web was sweat with the latest panoramic trend – small planet panoramas (AKA spherical panorama). It was only a matter of time until someone got the clevers to elevate this into the next stage: Small Planet Time Lapse Video.

Photographer Jonas Ginter used a 3d printed a 3d device that allows him to capture photos from 6 different GoPros simultaneously and then combined the footage in post to create a movie of the same effect: [Read more...]

Two Great Ways To Make Sweet Looking Backgrounds

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Having your own portable background is seems like a great idea. If I had a big van taking a colourama might be an one solution but then it also involves stands and some set up time and the logistics to move it about.

I like to travel light, but have all the comforts of a studio, so the idea of a fold-able background that I can stuff into a bag and peg up on location with some string and just start shooting is genius to me. Inspired by the cloth backgrounds Tim Walker, Mario Testino and a whole other bunch of amazing photographers have shot with, I set about finding a nice shooting solution. [Read more...]

Freelensing: Un-Focus To Tell a More Dynamic Story

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So often we are distracted by what we see, sucked in by that which is right in front of us. Each day can be a battle of not missing the forest for the trees, and losing track of the big picture, both metaphorically and literally, is a demon to which we frequently fall prey. But, life is as much about the unseen as it is the seen…it is more honest to say that it is what’s lurking in the shadows that truly defines us rather than what the world around us seems to see.

This concept, when considered in photography, is as much philosophical as it is visual. There are thousands of tutorials on how to maintain a sharp focus or isolate a subject or achieve that perfect image. But, life, which is the literal reflection of art, is not sharp or clearly-defined or nice and perfect. It’s not! What if more contemporary photography chose to focus on the imperfect, the beauty in the flaws, and creation by suggestion rather than destruction by defining? [Read more...]

How To Build A Linear Motorized Slider For Less Than $60

The team at ask design just release a full tutorial on building a DIY motorized slider. The design is good both for time lapses and “normal” video shooting.

They are pretty straight forward about the goods and the bads of building DIY gear. On the good side you obviously got the price, but also the fact that you can build it in less than an hour. A nice bonus is that it supports USB charging of other devices which ask uses to power a fan to stop lens condensation.

On the con side, it will be heavier than a bought unit and will not facilitate stepping action which is mandatory for low light time lapses. If you have more money that time and want a high end unit, they recommend Syrp as a turnkey solution. [Read more...]

Maximizing Space: Building a Video Home Studio

When it comes to building a studio at home it is always a challenge to use space in an efficient way. Movie maker Extraordinaire Chad Bredahl of  krotoflik just release a new video covering many aspects of space (and budget) optimization when setting up a home studio room.

Using a clever combo if cheap lights (4 of them) and a bunch of Styrofoam from Home depot he was able to create a high end looking studio good for medium shots.

I really like the way this guy thinks in terms of using available materials and making the most out of them.

[DIY Studio | krotoflik]

 

Quick Tip: Using Toilet Paper Rolls As Cable Organizers

A week ago we shared a quick tip about using paper binders to organize your workstation. Today we supplement this tip with another quick tip about arranging cables in drawers.

Quick Tip: Using Toilet Paper Rolls As A Cable Organizers

Instructables user berserk shares a clever tip on using empty TP rolls as a divider system for cable management. Once you are done with a cable, put it away inside the in of a TP roll placed vertically in a drawer. A few of those and you will have a honeycomb of cable cells each with its own little baby cable.

If you can’t fill up an entire drawer, you can tape a few rolls together to keep em standing up straight.

[TP Roll Organizer Box | instructables]

P.S. and on the second drawer from the top, you can Arrange Your Photo Gear In A Cutlery Tray [Read more...]

This Is The Right Way To Safely Strap Your Camera

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Under-slang camera straps that use the tripod socket are becoming ever popular, but nothing really makes a bigger fashion statement than the good old way of using a shoulder (or neck) trap to carry your camera around. While getting a strap on a camera seems pretty straight forward, getting the threading wrong can lead to a deadly fall. Over at Wired they provide a detailed picture supported tutorial for right way to strap a camera.

When getting a new strap (or using the one that came with your camera), you also get a buckle and a stopper (for each side). You should use them both.

The gist of it outlined below – the full tutorial, including supporting pictures is available at Wired. [Read more...]