Yet Another DIY Jib (YADJ)

THe good folks over at Film Riot have had this up for a while, and it went under the radar. With my recent obsession to jibs I stumbled upon it and thought it was worth sharing.

I love the idea of using a lazy Susan for smooth tilt movement and the fact that it is a huge and sturdy jib with a long motion range. And that it is black.

It seems that it is can take a bit more weight from previous Homedepot jibs we shared, and the cost matches. About $100 instead of the smaller $20 jibs. [Read more...]

Are Pentax Cameras *That* Weather Proof?

Apparently they are.

US soldier Alex Jansen took his two Pentax Cameras, The K-7 and K-5 and tested just how weather sealed and dust proof they are.

Are Pentax Cameras *That* Wether Proof?

Although serving in Afghanistan, Alex was short of a real storm a the time of taking the video. He “compromised” by pouring a bag of sand on the poor bodies and rinsed them off in the showers. The cameras survived. Twice. [Read more...]

How to Make DIY Red Scale Film

The “Red Scale” effect has actually been with us for quite a while. You see, your average 35mm color negative film has a semi-transparent layer on the back. – designed to keep stray light from getting onto the sensitive emulsion on the front. At some point, a few bright photographers got the idea to load the film “backwards” and actually shoot through this protective layer. The result is close to shooting through a reddish-orange filter. But unlike a filter, the effect is a bit unpredictable and varies in strength depending on the subject and light source.

Three Flavours of Macaroon: Redscale

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Huge Reflectors Borrowed From The Camping Realm

Huge Reflectors Borrowed From The Camping Realm

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that we are a big fans of reflectors. I would say that the 5-in-1 reflector is probably one of the most useful items a photographer can have in their bag. It is cheap and can serve for shade, a backdrop in a pinch and, of course, reflecting light.

The only caveat with the 5-in-1 is that it is usually a rather smallish item. Maybe 43″ in diameter.

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Are Cellphone Cameras Good Enough For Today’s Screens?

A lot has been said about the demise of the point and shoot camera over the last few years. In a world where every Smartphone has a camera (and some are pretty decent cameras), the it seemed like the point and shot will follow the path of the dedicated GPS, alarm clock and address book. All have been assimilated into the smart phone.

And with cellphone packing more and more decent cameras it seemed that the point and shoot market is unlikely to get End-Of-Lifed.

Are Cellphone Cameras Good Enough For Today's Screens?

But….

John Herrman of buzzfeed FWD points out that going from long ruling SVGA monitors to retina display enabled monitors takes a huge toll on cellphone photographs. [Read more...]

A Real DIY Slide Projector

So a few days ago we featured a photoshop tutorial that shows how to blend an image onto a black and white portrait.

The reason we initially shared this tutorial is because it showed a quick and dirty way to kinda make a projected slide on person effect. (Not that you can’t do it for real).

We got the following REAL projector tutorial courtesy of the awesome folks at Lomography, Instructables and Inventor Derte84. It uses an IKEA lamp rather than a strobe, so you’ll have to adjust exposure. (sadly, the Isbrytare is end-of-lined, but it is still available in used stores and sometimes on eBay).

A Real DIY Slide Projector

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