We’ve all seen how a studio can be set up in under three minutes (ok, timelapse cheating, but still), so it was interesting to learn how DIYP readers coped with this issue. Full results and some thoughts after the jump.
So, you moved your light off camera (very good) and looking for some new ways to explore more lighting options. Some of the most interesting light can come from doing the unexpected with your flash.
Here are five great techniques to boost your off camera lighting.
After exploring those five you’ll have a great toolbox for shooting pictures with off camera flash.
With the Studio @ Home series going on, I thought that it would be really interesting to share and learn about the “habits” and locations that DIYP readers use as random (or permanent) studio locations. This is the first poll ever on DIYP and I am very exited about it and looking forward to hearing on your photography life.
Some of the setups you have shared on this thread, and more shares are welcomed. However, an image of a setup is not necessary, simply tell us where you improvise your studio. From bedrooms to kitchens, let us know where you shoot. If your place is not on the list, let us by sharing in the comments.
RSS readers, you may have to click the link to vote and view results.
This project from Brian Carey – whom you may remember from the camera stock project – is not a typical cable, but more of an extension cord. The nice thing about it is that it lays out the basics for almost any cable work.
Two things about backdrops.
1. Studio backdrops are not cheap. A single color muslin backdrop can cost up to 30$ and the fancy ones with patterns can cost even more.
2. Backdrops take space. No matter how you look at it, each roll of seamless or fold up fabric take space. It is especially “bad” if you’re using seamless paper. I mean those rolls are huge and having just a few of them will get you a ‘sad smiley’ with your significant other.
The easy solution of course is to use a black backdrop; a white backdrop and some magic to get all the rest. (If you’ve already gelled flashes till your head popped, skip right to the pattern part).
You know how you never have enough lights to do the shot you want? Today I am going to solve this problem once and for all. I’m going to show you how to get all the light sources in the world for just a few bucks. How? With LEDs.
Lighting with LEDs is a ton of fun. It is also a great way to practice lighting. Why? Because LEDs are cheap. Having a ton of LEDs allows you to position a huge amount of light sources on any miniature detail oriented given setup – Provided that the setup is small enough.
When shooting nature there nothing better than a getting just a little bit more stabilization. The stabilized you are the slower you can shoot.
Brian Carey has an awesome way of holding the camera while shooting nature. It’s a stock that allows you to use your shoulder for more stabilization, just like you would have done with a rifle. It’s gonna be all Brian in just a sec, before that make sure you take a peek at his fine art photography site and Flickr stream.
Studio @ Home First assignment (Backdrops) is over with great success.
We had 36 submissions with great variance of ideas, and some great interpretation of the assignment mission: shoot something that makes you feel good.
It was fun to watch how submissions added to create a portfolio of unique pictures and setups. It was also fun to see some of the innovation you had with using everyday objects as backdrops, and “achieving more with less” in terms of squeezing every bit of creativity from whatever equipment was around. So thanks for everyone for participating. Read on for the some thoughts and the winner.
There you have it. You managed to convince your wife/hubby to spare some space under the kitchen table where you can do your photo business without interruption. You have managed to scrounge up some bed sheets for backdrops. What’s next? Next is the really big thing that will instantly convert your den to a fine studio after hard labor and learning will give you the ability to take wonderful photographs. Light!
While this is not the first shutter release cable project that was featured here (we had a vanilla shutter release cable and a mouse one before) it is definitely the first to feature a walkie-talkie, and the first to beat the 3 meters range.
As a kid I was fascinated by walkie-talkies. Mind you this was way before the days of twitting-via-your-iPhone-while-getting-your-kids-picture-in-mail-and-SMSing-your-boss-that-you-are-going-to-miss-the-meeting-cause-your-stuck-in-traffic days.
The mere concept that I can talk to a friend hundreds of meters away… And do it with a Spiderman looking device…
Now, would it be nice if the same distant magic could apply to triggering your camera? Sure, you can do this with a pair of pocket wizards, but not for that distance and not for this price. Marco Jetti pulled this off. Read on for the full story.