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...]

Easy Infinite Blackdrop

Over time, we covered quite a lot of infinite white tutorials, but I think this is the first infinite black backdrop we are sharing. This one comes from UglyMcGregor and the smarts of it is that it scales down to small and cramped spaces like home studios.

Creating An Infinite Black Background

The setup uses a black backdrop that covers the entire body of the singer. McGregor actually uses a bought background, but any other black fabric will work. The only thing you have to make sure is that it is perfectly smooth and creaseless. If you are using a seamless paper, you are probably good, but for fabric, you ay want to iron our any folds and really stretch out the material. The smarts for this setup lies in the lighting. [Read more...]

How To Build A DIY “SaberStrip” For $30

There’s no denying the original SaberStrip is a very portable and versatile piece of kit. However, at $135 each you might find yourself with other priorities photographically.

How To Bulid A DIY "SaberStrip" For $30

I have been curious about this type of modifier for a while and have really wanted to try it out for event photography. Inspired by the original SaberStrip design and the DIY work of my friend Todd Gardiner, I set out to see if I could build one myself. I’m pretty happy with the results of my home-built “SaverStrip” and in the end the project only cost me $27.50 and left me with enough fasteners, fabric, and tape to build several more.

Click on any of the images below to enlarge the view. [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Cheap and Easy Cable Organizers

If you are like me, your work station has about 50 cables gong in and out of various ports, USB card readers, portable drives, scanners, iPhone/Android, headset, microphone and probably a few others that I failed to mention.

The folks at @HDSLRnow just shared a quick and easy tip on organizing all those cables using paper binders. Their specific implementation involves a small wooden bar, but I found it was just as useful to place the binders on the edge of desk.

[DIY Camera Cable Organizervia @HDSLRnow] [Read more...]

The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

  • This tripod, designed by Benny Johansson, can be placed on top of bottles or stand for it self.
  • Flexible enough to fit most of the common bottle tops and caps.
  • the phone can be tilted 0-8 degrees on one side and 15 on the other.
  • the elastic can be used to secure the phone from falling out,  ( a string in the middle of the screen is not ideal but most camera controls are  at the left or right side of the screen so it works okay for most of the time )
  • can also be used as a viewing stand
  • can be folded flat ( the “holy hinges” has good durability, see my test ) [Read more...]

The Simplest DIY Photography Wall Display

simple-diy-wall-art-final-01We are notorious cheap-skates, to the point of friends dubbing me “Cheap-ass Al.” (Trust me, it’s one of my more noble titles.) No, we’re not as extreme as some, perhaps, but we definitely don’t shy away from an opportunity to save money. Most everything in our home is second-hand, so the idea of splurging for something as simple as wall hangings is nearly laughable. [Read more...]

6 Awesome Home Studio Tips: Backdrops To Lights And More

The folks at the slanted lens are anything but low value so it was kinda surprising to see that many of their setups are actually low-budget DIYs. The short below shows six of those tricks including a plumbing backdrop hanger, a ton of budgety lighting solutions (some of which we have covered in the past, but their softbox is pure budget geniusity) and my favorite, another use for a tarp.

[6 Tips for Setting Up a Home or Office Studio via theslantedlens.com] [Read more...]

How To Build A DIY Lightroom Gamepad Controller For 1 Buck

cull-topI’m a true believer in “laziness is the mother of all invention” and also in “cheapskate is the father of all DIY” – just kidding! My name is Ori, I am an avid DIYer, an electronics (and photography) hobbyist and I’ve got the biggest junk collection you can imagine. Nothing makes me happier than justifying the use of the whole room it takes up. To my wife, that is.

This is a story of how a fun day of carting with my team at work turned into a DIY “Cullinator” for Adobe LightRoom with a Foxconn gamepad that the IT department dumped  (and I happily salvaged) and some sharewares I coaxed to cooperate with one another.

So we were indoor-carting the other day. I was there, as always, with my Nikon D60 and my (incompatible) SB80DX strobe, trying to get all artistic with long exposures and motion zooming while also letting my friends experiment with my DSLR and having fun seeing the look on their faces when they realize they have to put their eye up to the eyepiece…

Anyways, lighting conditions were really poor, very uneven, high iso, with moving targets, a kit lens and a flash that doesn’t even talk iTTL with the camera – a disaster in the making. I came home to discover I have to postprocess 99.5% of the 200-odd photos we all took. I wish I had a ‘cullinator’… hummmm… I do have a gamepad somewhere, don’t I? Yes! This is going to be fun! Googled “macro for lightroom” and I find ‘Paddy’. [Read more...]

Creating Slick Video Flare Effect With Crystals And Broken Filters

If you are looking for an old vintage soft look for your videos, here is an interesting and fun idea. Use a crystals on top of a broken lens filter.

Lindsay Adler of Creative Live shares a pretty neat trick where she uses a broken UV filter as a mount for a cheap crystal. The light break and diffracts when hitting the crystal and creates a soft image and if you are lucky a reflection.

While we have shared a similar idea using a nylon bag, I must admit that this in-the-camera 70s effect has a different quality to it.

[How to Add DIY Lens Flare to Video Shoots | Lindsay Adler via creativeLIVE] [Read more...]

A Big, Cheap, Solid And Foldable DIY Softbox

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Many people have asked me about the DIY softbox I made a year or so ago — lovingly nicknamed “the ghettobox” — so here it is, finally: The ultimate guide to making your own 30” softbox (that’s about 76cm, you could make it even bigger, though!), that — very important — is solid and portable. Yes, you heard right, you can fold it flat but it’s still solid. Plus: As a bonus you can also hang it from somewhere to save floor space. [Read more...]