The DIY Photography Holiday Gift Guide

Message From Tatooine (by udijw)This time of the year is gift time all around and it is not just gifts under the Christmas tree. There’s Hanukkah for and Eid El Adha and Ōmisoka and the list goes on.

Yep, it is gift time. I tried to make the list as frugal as possible, this is a DIY centric blog after all…

As for the image at the beginning of the post, I really didn’t want to put any specific holiday picture, so I am declaring my own holiday – the R2D2 day of glory, celebrated by geeks, me included, all over the world. It is a tradition of this holiday to buy photography related gifts.

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S@H – Change Your Studio Appearance With Instant Flooring

S@H - Change your Studio Appearance with Instant FlooringOne of the comments I got when I started the Studio @ Home series was about flooring. I mean not *all* of our pictures are seamless white. Some pictures are taken with the floor and background as part of the picture.

We covered spaces and backgrounds quite a bit but never gave enough attention to that thing under our feet called floor. Here is a neat little way to create instant flooring that looks like hardwood floor, checkers, or almost any other cool pattern.

Most hardware stores in the US hold something called Vinyl Flooring Sheets. Donno how to describe those other that rollable floor.

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Balance Your Light Stand On Tough Terrains

Balance Your Light Stand On Tough TerrainsPhotographer Reuben Krabbe, whom you may remember from the landscape bicycle portraits hack, had his flash pull an untethered bungee jump during a session in the mountains. So Reuben came up with a great idea to balance a lightstand on uneven terrains. That figures with all those mountain bicycle trips.

Being the nice chap that he is, Reuben put a video together to explain how it works. Video and some thoughts after the jump.

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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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