Why I Did Not Bring A Camera To The Most Important Event In My Life

MikMik, tmp NameFirst, meet MikMik (tmp name), the newest addition to our family. She joined us tonight at 2:38 AM at a staggering weight of 2 kilos and 250 grams. She’s a beauty, isn’t she?

She’s a fighter. We know that after this past week. And to make a long story short, we knew that she would be born today.

Knowing when you are going to give birth is an amazing thing. I think that is a good reason that god/our biology do not let us in on that date in advance. It is just too much stress.

But, knowing when you are going to go in labor (it’s interesting that they chose that word right?) gives you time to prepare.

So, just like any other loving male, I did my best to help prepare for the event (which may have been noticeable on the blog this past week). I helped pack a bag, prepare clothing, fix the room and so on.

I also had lots of time to think about the photography gear I am going to bring into that room. Hit the jump to see my list. [Read more...]

How To Build 24 DIY Softboxes

How To Build 24 DIY Softboxes

About three weeks ago, I asked DIYP readers to build a softbox. It was meant for fun and education. To add some zap the good guys at B&H chipped in with a Westcott Apollo Speedlight set and a strobe (Nikon SB700/Canon 430EX II) for the best design.

I literally fell of my chair seeing all the great submissions. The amount of creativity with the build was huge with sizes and materials covering just about any possible element on the face of the planet (including the rare element IKEAtnium). If you ask me quite a few of the bunch would have had a successful design career.

The contest ended up with 70 submission ranging on all the spectrum
of softboxes:

  • The first obvious choice is size, and there are submissions with as small as half a letter paper to monster47″ softboxes.
  • Another critical factor was the materials, while some
    opted for “clothy and airy” using fabrics, tent rods, and umbrella
    skeletons, others opted for strong and sturdy and used corrugated plastic and
    plywood.
  • Mounting ranges from custom metal brackets through friction fit and we even had one yogurt cup mount.

It is very impressive to see how some set out design goals (or briefs in design lingo) and held up pretty well to their intents.

Here we go with 24 DIY Softboxes which display the variety of softboxes you can built at home. There are some great ideas inside for on budget lighting so visit them all. Click each entry banner to see the full tutorial. There were more good design but I tried not to repeat similar designs in the post so each tutorial will have some added value. [Read more...]

Separate Your Flash From Your Camera With A PVC Bracket

Seperate Your Flash From Your Camera With A PVC BracketOne of the good things about on-camera flash is that it travels with you. Sure, this on axis light gives a really terrible flat light and red eyes, but it is always with you. you’d most likely get better, more directional light from an off camera flash, but setting this up takes time and space, which You don’t always have.

This is why they invented the flash brackets, and why Jerry Hamby made a PVC version of it. A flash bracket is a contraption that attaches to the camera and creates some distance between the flash and the lens. (Bye, bye red eyes).

When your flash is on a bracket you would need to trigger it and you can do so with a sync cable, a TTL cable or (if your flash supports it) trigger it wirelessly. And before the comments start poring about this, we know that the lens cap is on, this is just for illustration) [Read more...]

Shoot Quickly With A DIY Glide Strap

Shoot Quickly With A DIY Glide StrapIf having a C-Loop (or the C-Loop DIY version) is not great by itself (which we think it is) you can make it even greater by complementing it with a Glide Strap. When you use a Glide Strap (or any of the other gliding systems) you can quickly move from carrying position to shooting position.

You can do this because gliding mechanism allows the camera to slide without the need for the strap to move.

Yes, you guessed it, Cameron Texter made his own DIY glide strap, and he’ll share his contraption after the jump. [Read more...]

You Can’t Break A Window Without Making Some Glass

You Can't Break A Window Without Making Some GlassWasn’t really sure how to tag this one as far as site categories go. Ended up going in to inspiration.

It is a short flick by J. P. Morgan explaining on how to make Breakaway Glass. Breakaway glass is the glass used when you see things break in a movie, like a person going through a show window or that oh-so-common whine bottle on the head shot.

Turns out it takes very little to produce breakaway glass. The film and recipe after the jump. [Read more...]

Father’s Day Special: Create Photography Accessories Holster From Gaffers Tape

Father's Day Special: Create Photography Accessories Holster From Gaffers TapeHere is a project perfect for father’s day.

I know how everybody loves a good duct tape wallet. But come on… We are photographers. Duct tape? Not in this class. We use the real thing – Gaffers Tape. And we use it wisely – to child-proof light stands, to make them invisible and to make lighting modifiers.

It would only make sense that a present for the one who raised you so well would be made from original photographic Gaffers tape.

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Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5The C-loop, R-Strap and Sun Sniper are three systems designed to change the way you carry your camera around.

They all share a similar idea – the strap goes inside the tripod screw. Of course, this probably makes the camera designers pull their hairs as they invested so much time in making those little two ‘ears’ that the normal strap goes on.

Anyhow, using a system like the C-Loop really changes the way you carry your camera around – something we have discussed before – it is way more comfortable that any “regular” strap.

In this tutorial Cameron Texter will show you how to make a DIY C-Loop for your camera. (warning, this is for a point and shoot, not sure I would trust this DIY with my Nikon D300 + the 24-70 2.8) [Read more...]

One More Week To Win A Strobe And Softbox Set From B&H

Win A Strobe And Sotbox Set By Building A Softbox

Heya all, this is your friendly reminder that you have one more week left to build your softbox. That is, of course, if you plan on winning a  Westcott Apollo Speedlight set with a Nikon SB700 / Canon 430EX II strobe at your choice. Courtesy of the good guys at B&H.

For full rules and outline click here, for inspiration hit the jump for the most awesome yet wrongly color-balanced DIY softbox video ever. [Read more...]

Give People An Aura Using Light Painting

Méditation...See that nice aura on the picture to the left? No… it was not taken using the new generation of psychic point and shoot, not is it the result of using high def video capture.

This image was made using long exposure light paint and a simple accessory. (If you have no clue what light painting is, click here for DIYP’s entire folder of  light painting tutorials)

In this short and sweet tutorial, Renard Nicolas is going to explain how to achieve this effect. [Read more...]

Build A Semi-Anamorphic 35mm Pinhole Camera

Build A Semi-Anamorphic 35mm Pinhole CameraAn Amamorfic Camera provides a clever method of using the 35mm film to capture non standard aspect ratio photographs.

The short version is that the pinhole on that camera is not perpendicular to the film for the long version [OpenGeekWindow] You know this problem all to well from digital point and shoots. The aspect ratio on a regular point&shoot is 3:4 and the standard for printing pictures is 2:3, so you have to ask your printer (hey, anyone here still prints?) to leave white stripes at the edges of the picture. [Read more...]