A Portable Golf Cart On-Location Studio

If you go out on location alone you know that one of the more frustrating things are the walks back and from the car hauling gear. The other thing is that you have to reposition the lights yourself.

A Portable Golf Cart On-Location Studio

Photographer Joseph Philbert was inspired by Peter Nguyen with a clever way to solve one and ease on the other. He uses a golf cart both as a personal U-haul and a self contained mini studio with batteries, light stands, modifiers and wheels. [Read more...]

How To Trigger And Waterproof Strobes Under Water

Now, shooting underwater has a whole set of built-in challenges that we earth photographers don’t really have to deal with on regular terms. The lack of breathable oxygen is one, mixing wet and electricity is another and the cream is that radio triggers don’t really play nicely under water.

How To Trigger Strobes Under Water

JP Danko from blurMEDIA Photography regularly shoots underwater so he had to come up with a solution that will both keep the strobes dry and just as important make them pop. Got to hand it to JP. He made a pretty smart rig (and I am not talking about the ducky float his assistant/wife uses to boom some light from above, which is simple yet genius). [Read more...]

How To Create A Steel Wool Light Painting Vortex

Our How I Took It Contest got an impressive number of steel wool light painting tutorials. I wanted to share this one from Mike Mikkelson as it introduces two new elements that we’ve never had on the blog before: a super smart steel wool cage (rather than the whisker that we usually use) and the creation of a vortex. Enjoy.

I get a lot of comments on my Steel Wool Vortex image, and I have had many people ask me how I took it. Most people are surprised when I let them know that it is steel wool on the end of a cable, lit on fire, and then spun around very fast to create the sparks. Although the art of steel wool photography is not new or unique, I have constructed a re-usable rig that has helped me make some great fire wool images. This thread will explain how I created a custom cage for steel wool photography, and how I made the Fire Wool Vortex image.

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Hackin’: Canon EOS M Firmare Port On The Way From Magic Lantern

Ever since Canon introduced their mirrorless EOS M I’ve been curious to see which of the two custom firmware groups will have a go at it: CHDK or Magic Lantern. I got my answer today.

Hackin': Canon EOS M Firmare Port On The Way From Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern team has successfully dumped the camera’s firmware and were able ran a hello world program on it. Magic lantern writes:

In his review, Roger Cicala said the EOS-M is “a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera“. We, the developers of ML, will try to address the first issue.

We like the EOS-M a lot, even if in our poll it came out near the bottom. With a few software tweaks, it can be a great small camera for timelapse and astronomy work, according to ubergizmo. The video side didn’t really impress us, but as a compact travel camera with DSLR image quality, it’s probably going to be hard to beat.

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Win A Package Of Photo Goodies For Two Buddies

UPDATE: This giveaway is has ended. thanks for playing :) see winner below.

Today we are giving away a sweet package of prizes with Joby and Acme Made. It really is in the spirit of sharing.

Win A Package Of Photo Goodies For Two Buddies

We are giving away a wonderful set of a stylish Acme Made Montgomery Street Backpack and an Acme Made Montgomery Street Kit Bag. A Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (Man or Woman) and a Joby Three-Way Camera Strap. A GorillaPod GripTight & Micro GripTight. And one big GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X. The package is valued at $460) [Read more...]

How To Capture Motion Trails While Freezing Subjects Using Shutter Drag

I love how Benjamin Von Wong approaches each of his projects with a loads of creativity and enthusiasm. You just know that he’s always trying something new and in his latest project – The Red Mistress, he proves it yet again! Some of the more outstanding photographs from this project are a combination of capturing frozen motions with a combination of continuous light and strobes.

How To Capture Motion Trails While Freezing Subjects Using Shutter Drag

In the following post Ben shares the motivation and technical steps neede to create this kind of photograph. Check it out after the jump!

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DIYP 2012 Gear Guide

DIYP 2012 Gear Guide

In the following page I will outline the gear that I use or otherwise recommend from research and from what I’ve heard from fellow photographers.

Is this a full list? Probably not. Does it represent anything but my personal opinion? Definitely not!

Enjoy the list, I hope you’ll get some ideas for your next gear purchase. [Read more...]

Capturing The American Dream On A Wet Plate Truck

Ian Ruhter is not only a talented photographer, he is also an incredible story teller. If you recall the story, Ian set out on a mission to capture the spirit of America in a way no photographer has done before – In a wet plate camera built inside of a truck.

Today, Ian shares a bit more of his personal story intertwined with four other stories (and portraits) from LA that connect to Ian’s inspirational story.

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