I love my Nikon 14-24mm lens but it has one drawback; you can’t put filters on it. Not that one needs to use a huge selection of filters on ultra-wides but if you’re doing certain kinds of photography being able to use an ultra-wide combined with ND filters makes the composition or time lapse more interesting. Lee filters, the company that makes really cool kind of pricey large resin filters, has developed a holder for the 14-24mm lens and it’s equivalent in the Canon world. The downside of this is, the basic holder is $200 which needs a lens adapter, for another $100, to which you add the actual filter, around $150. So what you have is a filter and a holder that costs about a third as much as the lens to begin with, $450.
When it comes to ridiculously cheap but very useful lenses, you’d be hard pushed to beat 40+ year old Russian technology, and this suggestion from Mathieu Stern is no exception.
If you’re anything like me, you likely have a dozen or more empty film canisters scattered about your drawers. While there’s no shortage of DIY projects you can make using them, here’s one you might not have come across before. [Read more…]
Most of the DIY projects we share here at DIY Photography are based specifically around photography gear. That isn’t the case this time around, but that doesn’t mean this clever little DIY hack can’t make your life a heck of a lot easier. [Read more…]
Speedlights often go hand in hand with shooting portraits on the street, especially at night, but small flashes have one big issue. Due to their size, they often give very hard, harsh and unflattering light, especially if you’re forced to use one on the hotshoe.
After being asked to photograph a night time outdoor music event, and wanting the minimise the risk to expensive equipment, photographer Tom Simone came up with a DIY solution to help make that light a little bigger and provide a more pleasing look with help from a Chinese paper lantern lampshade.
Previously we have featured friend of DIYP Paul Adshead (@PaulAdshead) when he had the clever idea to hack an $6 IKEA storage box into a laptop hood. Now he’s back again with another cool modification which turns a Peli case into a tether station with a $2 bicycle quick release bolt.
This is what Paul had to say:
In this article Steve McKenzie takes us through his steps of building an LED ring light.
I used 3/4 plywood as the base for the build (I got mine in the bargain bin at the home improvement store, since any cosmetic flaws it may have had would be covered up by the duct tape.).
I used three separate LED strip lights, but I had to wire them in parallel, since when they were wired in series, the LEDs at the end were dimmer. So, I had to solder that part and reconnected it to the power cord.
I also ordered a remote control, which allowed me to dim the ring light from 100%, to 50%, and 25%.
DJI made some noise earlier this year when they dropped the DJI Osmo, a 3-axis gimbal system with a built-in 4K camera. With the exception of the microphone issues, which have been addressed, the device is an impressive one, putting out incredibly stable footage that competes with steady cam rigs many times its size and even more its price tag.
That said, there are always methods of improving DJI’s Osmo. One of those is to create a DIY chest mount as YouTuber Savi You has. [Read more…]
Monopods are a wonderful tool to have if you need that extra little bit of image stability or happen to have a heavier lens attached to your camera.
And while you can certainly shell out some dough to pick up a Manfrotto or something along those lines, it’s also possible to save the cash and make your very own using nothing more than a broomstick, thanks to this clever tip from MAKE. [Read more…]
As change becomes less and less relevant with credit cards and digital payment systems, it’s become less likely than ever that you carry around change. How is this relevant to photography?
Because every so often there comes a time when you need to attach or remove a quick release system and don’t have a penny or nickel on hand to do so. Here’s a little DIY trick to ensure that you’ll be able to tighten or loosen your quick release plate even when you’re without change in your pocket. [Read more…]