Your Complete Guide For Photographing Star Trails

starsEver seen those pictures where the stars streak across the sky in a big arc? Or maybe the whole sky looked like it was spinning?

What you saw was star trails. The streaks were light left behind on the sensor or film from the star as it traveled across the sky in front of an open camera shutter. In fact, it only seems that way. What actually being recorded are stationary stars and the rotation of the earth that makes them spin. Kinda like you were standing on a vinyl record while it is playing. (yes, vinyl record, it is a form of ancient iPod).

For me, the images seem to have a certain magic or mystery about them. You must have heard a photographer talking about capturing that perfect moment in time. Well for capturing star trails you will need to capture the perfect hour or two in time. For such amazing looking images the technique to capture them is really quite simple. Keep reading for a complete set of instructions from start to finish. [Read more...]

Introducing DIY Lighting Kits: Great Light – Light On Your Wallet

DIY Lighting Kits: Great Light – Light On Your Wallet Wouldn’t it be nice if your DIY Ring Flash was perfect. I mean, really perfect – almost pro like.

What If it had superb even light, looked slick and was made from top notch materials? It would be nice wouldn’t it? What if that Ring Flash only cost as much as  a large pizza at Dominos?

What if for even less you could easily mount two (or four) strobes on one light stand and have full on axis light?

Well, I got some exiting news for you! [Read more...]

Use A Bonbon Box To Create A DIY Lightscoop

Use A Bonbon Box To Create A DIY LightscoopLightsoop is a simple device that bounces your camera-attached strobe off the walls and ceiling when you shoot in a small room.

The logics behind it are very similar to the ones behind the Garry Fong Lightsphere. Only this device attaches to your on camera flash, and uses a mirror to throw the light, where the Fong uses a translucent ball.

Way back we showed how an effect similar to the Lightsphere can be created using a Yogurt cup (free Tsiziki recipe included). synthetic_meat shows how a similar effect to the Lightscoop can be achieved with a bonbon box. [Read more...]

Use CHDK As A Definite Lightning Rod For Your Pictures

Lightning in Sant FeliuA little while back we introduced an electric DIY which was designed to help reduce the luck factor when going on a stormy night to photograph lighting. It involved quite a bit of hardware and was aimed towards DSLRs that have an external trigger jack.

Turns out there is an easier way for most Canon P&S owners. It is called CHDK. We discussed CHDK before when we showed how to make Hi Res time lapse movies. This time CHDK comes to the rescue with a lighting catching script. [Read more...]

Six Photography Technologies That Were Sci Fi 10 Years Ago

Six Photography Technologies That Were Si Fi 10 Years AgoIn one of the last scenes of one of Schwarzenegger’s best films, The Running Man, the evil producer makes a real time video swap between the face of a stunt double and the face of the (future) Governor of California.The technology is called Digital Matte Tracking or somthing.

They want it to look as if Schwarzenegger was killed. In 1987 it was thought impossible. I think it still it.

Here are some of the video and photography editing stuff that were invented since then. Evenly impossible and evenly impressive. [Read more...]

On Assignment – Smeared

Smeared!If you are tuned to DIYPs twitter and facebook accounts you know that something big is coming on May. We are diligently making preparations.

We thought long and hard about what will the best way to kick off our new product and decided on doing a video. So, directed by Zeke Kamm of Nice photo mag, we headed out to the wilderness.(You’re gonna have to read till the end if you wanna see it big :)

For this particular shot Zeke wanted me to take a “bad picture”. Crossing out all the regular “bad pictures” ideas – like soft focus, bad exposure and so on, we thought what can be worst than getting smeared on a wind shield. I say, not much. [Read more...]