Create Awesome Tilt-Shift Macro Shots With Old Car Headlights

Create Awesome Tilt-Shift Macro Shots With Old Car HeadlightsWe have covered Macro Lenses before, from optically flawless reverse mounts to the questionable-yet-so-much-fun DVD iPhone Lens adapter.

What we never did before is to convert some headlight to macro tilt-shift lens. Till we got a mail from David Koch, that is. A mail with a precise prescription.

Now, this will work only with super expensive headlight, so you may want to check your local scrap yard /old auto yard before you dive into this project. [Read more...]

Create Good Lighting Around Any Plate Of Food

Create Good Lighting Around Any Plate Of FoodWouldn’t be nice if you could setup a small studio on every table? Around every plate?

Martin Kimeldorf did just this, and was kind enough to share. You know Martin. He is the master mind behind gadgets like the Light Stand Portable Backdrop Mount and the Kimel Bouncer.

The next invention by martin is kinda like the diffusion panel that we featured way, way back on the early days of DIYP, only it is way more portable, and has a build in flash mount.

It’s all Martin after the jump.

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The Essential Guide To Portrait Photography: An ebook Review And A Giveaway

The Essential Guide to Portrait PhotographyThe Essential Guide To Portrait Photography is a new eBook from the home of Digital Photography School, with produced by Darren Rowse. Thank you.

I love this blog, so I am happy that they have an eBook out.  I got a copy (well, an eCopy) I have read it and I love it.

To be completely transparent on this, I got my review copy for free.

Review and giveaways after the jump.

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Thank You And Premium Flash Site Giveaway

Turkey Legs (by plushoff)In the spirit of Thanks giving I’ like to thanks DIYP readers for being such a great community, willing to share your experience, tip and tricks, to  comment on others work and enhance any tutorial that comes on the blog.

Also a big thanks for our sponsors, Tronix and Wix. Without their support none of this site was possible.

Actually, this two-ways thanks is also an opportunity.  Over the next week, some of the site’s friends and sponsors will be giving always some great goodies.

UPDATE: Winners for the Wix ruffle are twitters #50thecurtis76 and #63dharmaguy. A message was sent to the winners.

First giveaway is from Wix, who help photographers make delicious flash sites, galleries and portfolios. The basic, yet powerful, package from Wix is free (I just love those guys), so you can experience any time you want.

For us the guys at Wix threw in two yearly premium accounts valued at 178.8$. (Of course if you punch in DIYP coupon you’ll get it for less).

To enter the raffle, retweet this post: "RT Win a Premium Flash Site @diyphotography: http://bit.ly/8PVfPV".

The ruffle will end on Saturday eve, at which Time I will update this post with the winners. So check out this post in three days.

Also stay tuned for a major announcement next week and a ton of more goodies and giveaways.

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Strawberry Splash – Thoughts About High Speed Photography

Strawberry Milk Splash in a spoon (blue background) (by david.kittos)Gotta love strawberries. And gotta love strawberries in cream even more.

Maybe this is why my taste buds had me coming to this picture again and again.

Then again, it might be the technical details of the shot that drew my attention. Getting a nice splash is hard enough but getting strawberry on spoon splash is nearly impossible. Read on for some musings, thoughts and tips.

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Light Painting – Creating The Orb

response to dynamic loads (by { tcb })The following article is a guest post by Dana Maltby a.k.a. Twin Cities Brightest a.k.a { tcb } an addict to Light Painting.

In the last Light painting installation we saw the huge variety of tools and toys I use for creating Light Painting Art.

One of the things that came strong in the comments was the need to bind those tools to the actual process of taking the image. Well, now I am going to do just this.

So let’s talk about the hottest and most natural object to paint with light, the orb. Also known as a sphere. The good news is that orbs can be made with light quite easily.

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Photography: Real Fire Rocks / Photoshop Fire Sucks

Fire inside (by Filipe Batista)How did I manage not to burn the house down??

Well, first, my wife was not at home, LOL… and second, with the remote trigger in one hand, and an extinguisher in the other… just in case!! ;O))

This is what Filipe Batista had to say when I wondered how he took that shot. The extinguisher bit is enough to hint that no Photoshop was used to create the fire and as they say it the magic industry. Don’t worry, that fire is harmless. Unless you touch it.

Filipe was kind enough to share the secretes behind this fire spectacle with DIYP readers:

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Light Painting – Tools Of The Trade

antiparticle (by { tcb })The following article is a guest post by Dana Maltby a.k.a. Twin Cities Brightest a.k.a { tcb } an addict to Light Painting.

Now that you know the basics of light painting let’s move on to creating the effects you want.

If you have a certain idea about a lighting effect you want, chances are you can make it happen. Some ideas are cheap and inexpensive while others can be costly and time consuming. Every project is a great learning experience, and the results seen in the photos later on will keep you on your toes and inspired constantly.

In the following post I will present the tools of the trade that I use to create my light painting art. If you know of other light painting tools and tricks, please add them in the comments.

For each of the images below a different tool was used as the main tool. Some of the images were done using several tools, in that case I mentioned the tool which has the main effect.
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