Photographer Rigs An iPhone 4 To Helium Balloons To Take HD Videos

Here is a nice concept to compete with Kite Arieal Photography, Helicopter rigged cameras and very long pole photography.

A bunch of curious DIYers at Los Angeles rigged an iPhone 4 to a set of helium balloons that helped it rise about 1000 feet and take 720p videos of Los Angeles.

The footage is displayed below, while it is not perfect, and kinda shaky, there is also a valuable BTS. Hit the Just for some behind the scenes and my notes of the video

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Surf Photography Primer

Surf Photography PrimerThis Wave photography Primer was written by Dane Grady.

Below, you will find an introductory guide to the beautiful art of Wave Photography, covering all the key components, from choosing a camera to finding the right kind of waves. Enjoy the ride!

Before I can cover what kind of gear you need for Wave Photography, Safety is EXTREMELY important! You should have knowledge of the ocean and ocean currents, and have experience in and be more than comfortable in the surf. Know the area you want to shoot, study the conditions… “know before you go” [Read more...]

Homemade Lenses: What’s All The Fuzz About?

Fireworks (by johnnyoptic)Several weeks ago, you may have read my post on this site entitled Build Your Own Lenses in which I extolled the wonders of homemade lenses and the soft, glowy images they produce.

In this post, I’m going to explain how to get that softness under control to produce images with interesting and more subtle soft focus effects, such as the photo on the left. (I’ll even show you how homemade lenses can produce crisp, sharp images, if you like that sort of thing.) [Read more...]

Bag O’ Goodies Final Winner

bog logoTime to wrap up the Bag O’ Goodies contest.

Huge thanks for everyone who participated. This was the final round of this assignment, and the last chance to win (Literally) a Bag O’ Goodies.

As always with those kinda contests, It was a hard pick and as always, I wished I had more prizes to give away. read on for the five runners up, the winner and another glimpse on the prizes. [Read more...]

Create a Complete Strobing System From Foamies & Velcro

Create a Complete Strobing System From Foamies & VelcroPhotographer and Strobist fan John Cavan got a pretty cool line up of speedstrap like DIY attachments.

The line, which can be made in about 20 minutes total (or less), includes a foamy & Velcro based speedstrap and an assortment of Strobist friendly foamy & Velcro based modifiers:  a snoot, a Gobo and a bounce card. You now I love foamies and Velcro so this is like a small party for me.

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On Assignment: Dance Class Manager

DSC_0683_fw_01 (by udijw)A while back when I made a huge career move and quite on the high-tech job, I set a goal of developing a photography business. I did warn you about the occasional “on assignment post” and this is just one of those posts.

At the place where I live there is a dance class for kids 4-16 years old. The manager of that class wanted some pictures to provide the local newspaper for an upcoming article. We talked and decide to take the pictures at her house where there is a nice decorative brick wall. This should eliminate the need to battle the harsh sun on one hand and provide both indoor and outdoor locations on the other. [Read more...]

Seamless Paper Wall Mount System

backdrop holder 3 (by Cindy Ellis Photography)Now, here is a question, what do you do with all your seamless backdrops while they are not in use?

Store them of course. Savage has a nice sponge system for storing backdrops, the right way – standing up.

Why do you want to store them standing up? Because if you store seamless paper lying down you will get rippled paper. The weight of the paper sets on the bottom part of the paper and presses it against the floor. While this does not crease the paper, it reshapes it into an oval, and when rolled out it will show ripples. not that good.

So, how about that Savage system again? Well, to store a seamless upright, you’ll need a wall as high at least as the length of the paper – 3 meters. While this is not rare in studios it is kinda rare in home studios. [Read more...]

Chase Shows How To Play It Safe (When It Comes To Protecting Data)

Have you ever wondered what happens to those little raw files in big shoots? I mean, big scale productions gotta worry more than simply unloading the card, importing to light room and get a good night sleep.

Firstly it is a lot of date, and then it has to travel, get stored, archived, backed up and processed.

Chase Jarvis has a great video where he share his Protect-The-Data-Kong-Fu

I think that the question is how do you scale down (or up, if you are that guy) to your working model.

watch the video, and read the entire post (+ some really good comments) in Chase’s blog post titled The Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo. [Read more...]

Create a Digital Holga

Create a Digital HolgaFrenzy over at Instructalbes came up with a neat way to convert your SLR into a Holga.

A Holga is a very popular plastic toy camera that shoots 120 medium format films. It is known for its plastic looks and its amazing ability to provide inconsistent images.

the idea is very much similar to the Altoids pinhole we featured a few days ago. It uses the same mechanism – a body cup with attachment replaces the lens. Only this time Frenzy did not use a pinhole made from Altoids, he used a Holga lens. [Read more...]