Make a $24 Ring Light From Christmas Lights

Make a $24 Ring Light From Christmas LightsOne of the things we are trying to deal here on DIYP is making ring lights without going into all the mess and (possible) danger that goes into wiring and sawing. Till now, we’ve were only half there with some IKEA based rigs that provided some nice bulb support, but we never made it all the way through to a really each hack.

Videographer Joel Loukus came up with the missing link. By using multiple Christmas lights around a wire frame he built The WreathLight. A Christmas Lights based ring light. (Dont miss out on the chi-ching sound, it really makes the light quality that much better). [Read more...]

A Slinger Camera That Shoots From Above

A Slinger Camera That Shoots From AboveWe love Aerial Photography, the high vantage point is really something that is hard to do if you don’t go very high. The one thing that all those tutorials have in common is that they require some sort of technical ability. The easiest one, getting your camera on a painters poll, require slight carpentry skills, but getting your camera on a helli or a plane gets kinda techie.

If the tech stuff was holding you back from aerial photography, designer Xiaofei Wang has some great news for you.

A camera Xiaofei Wang designed is built into an airplane slingshot. The camera is housed at the tip of a glider plane which you can sling. At first the plane’s wings are folded so it can get high, and then when it reaches top height, the wings fold back for a smooth photographed glide down. [Read more...]

Light Painting A B-25 Bomber

B-25: Bomber Crew Plus OneL.A. based photographer Eric Curry likes it big when it comes to light painting. Actually he likes it huge and would stop at nothing smaller than a B-25 Bomber.

Eric creates complex composites of partly lit areas of the complete picture. The amazing thing is the magnitude of objects Eric chooses to photograph.

In Eric’s American Pride And Passion he light paints objects in connection with the American spirit. Luckily, Eric shares video tutorials of his work. [Read more...]

The Nice Clip Keeps Your Lens Cap Attached

The Nice Clip Keeps Your Lens AttachedLens caps are great when we are not shooting, they protect our lenses. But when we are shooting, there is always the question of where to store them.

I keep my cap in my front pocket, simply because I know it won’t get lost this way.

I think this has been a problem for a long time considering the amount of solutions that are out there (including that hideous lens cap leash dangling thing). There are also some nice DIY solutions which are on the dot.

I am surprised, however that no generic solution was made to meet this problem in a neat and clean manner.

This is why I am thrilled about the Nice Clip. The nice clip is a.. well… a clip that is designed to go on the back of the lens cap and make it attachable to a camera strap, a belt or a bag. The clip doubles as a cable holder but that won’t help your caps :) [Read more...]

Treating Your Lenses Like Socks Will Gain You Easy Access

If you have lots of lenses, getting them all stored and neatly organized can be a drag. Personally, I use a cupboard but swear every time I need to get to one of them lenses that are on the back line.

Flickr user Stargazer95050 found a super clever way to organize his lenses. It seems like he is obsessed with organized lenses, this is his second clever Lens storage solution, The first one was using a cutlery tray. So aside from IKEA stopping to make the cutlery tray, he also needed a way to quickly move the lenses to his van while retaining easy lens access.

Camera, Lens & EyePiece storage -- home & outside [Read more...]

Using Infra Red Masters To Trigger Optical Slaves

Using Infra Red Masters To Trigger Optical SlavesIf you’re an avid Strobist, you know that the Strobist community is all about off-camera flash. In fact your submitted images can be removed from the pool if you use an on camera flash (there are exceptions to anything, of course, but as a general thumb rule this is how it goes).

The only exception allowed is “FWIW, on-camera flash is fine if it is used to trigger other off-camera flashes”, I assume that this exception was set in place for those who can not afford wireless triggers or only have one slave flash with an optical sensor.

This thing is that triggering a slave with an on board flash may impact the lighting of an image. even if you set the master to its lowest output three is some light coming from that flash.

Now, it is it fill you are after, this may actually be a conscious decision, but if you want no flash at all coming from on camera, there is a simple hack to make only optical sensors magically see the master’s light burst. I call it The Dark Master. buehahahahahahHAHAHAHA! [Read more...]

A Camera On A Turntable Will Tron Its Surroundings

A Camera On A Turntable Will Tron Its SurroundingsI’ll admit it, I only saw Tron: Legacy for the first time a few days ago. (For what it’s worth, I think the first one was waaaaay better). The most impressive thing is that SHV 20905 digitizing laser that can scan real objects into the Tron system.

Blender user Sebastian Korczak created his own version of the laser by using a turntable, an old point and shoot and a Laser pointer equipped with a line forming tip.

The camera sits on an Arduino enhanced turntable and spins at a constant speed and video-records the distortion coming created by the linear laser. [Read more...]

LensAlign MKII – Lens Caliberation Tool [Gear Review]

LensAlign - Lens Caliberation Tool [Gear Review]Hey guys!

Today, I would like to introduce you to a very interesting product that costs less than a 100$ that will (maybe) change you’re shooting lives – the LensAlign MKII. If you guys are like me and own a body (or more) plus a couple lenses, chances are you’ve experienced focusing problems here and there. At first, you might wonder if you’re just focusing badly, or that something’s just wrong with your shooting technique but after enough repeats you start asking yourself… could it be something else?

If you’re lazy like me, you bring your camera to your nearest Nikon or Canon service center and get told that they don’t take care of lens calibration issues. Or they test it out on the spot and insist that your shot is properly focused or that the difference is negligible. Or perhaps, you’re slightly more independent and find out that most semi-pro bodies have a nifty little tool called MICRO-ADJUSTMENTS that allows you to force your camera to focus slightly forward or backwards through a little software tweak!

From there, you think EUREKA, and either tries building some sort of 45 degree ruler system to attempt and calibrate your system following some forum on the internet only to realize that your results are inconsistent and somewhat unpredictable. There are improvements, but you just can’t quite seem to get things right…

Now if you’re stuck at this step (which I was for the longest time) … read on for THE solution. [Read more...]