Lighting Modifiers Cheat Sheet Card

Lighting Modifiers Cheat SheetSo we had a Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet that was designed to help placing the light in space around the model. While I called it portrait lighting cheat sheet card, I was only telling half of the truth.

The half that I did not include in that card was how different modifiers will change the light falling on your subject.

It is time to correct this wrong, so this lighting modifiers cheat sheet completes this gap.

There are some new things on this sheet, like a perfectly still model, dark walls to control reflections and a few beers that you can not spot in the actual card. But they were there. Trust me.

Lighting Modifiers Cheat Sheet (by udijw)
You can download a “super size” here.

Again, we tried to keep it simple. We usually ask a wife or a boss to model for those kinda things, but since the differences between the modifiers can be subtle we wanted to keep everything constant but the light. So… We asked Lady Plastic to come to our aid on this one. She kindly agreed or at least did not mind. [Read more...]

Everybody – Bag Up!

bog logoOne week ago we kicked off the Bag O’ Goodies assignment/contest. If you haven’t checked it out yet now is a god time as there is only one week left to enter.

And why should you enter. Well for starters, you’ll get to photograph a creative food shot, and who can resist that.

But also there is a great Bag O’ Prizes Valued at over 850 USD.

To enter the assignment, you’ll need either a Flickr or Facebook account. Flickr tends to take a bit to process your account so if you are planning to participate, I recommend opening your account here today. It is easy and free.

Once you have a mouth watering food related image, submit it to the DIYP pool and tag it with diyp-bog-food.

Other option is to share your image on DIYP’s facebook page.

Actually, even if you don’t plan on participating (like this is even an option), you should consider joining the DIYP Flickr pool. It’s a great place to learn about DIY photo gear and to see the great pictures that you can take with it. Very hard to tell who’s pro and who’s an aspiring garage shooter anymore.

As with all images in the pool and facebook page, captions should include the setup or the DIYing of the picture.

Best of luck. [Read more...]

Google Dabs In High Speed Photography

google high speedYou can trust Google to do things BIG. Google was set to show the rendering speed of the Google browser – Chrome.

To show how fast the Chrome browser actually is they compared it with several high speed plays. That is to say, they burned, crushed and splashed all over the place like little kids and shot it in slo-mo HD. How slow mo? 2700 frames per seconds.

(If you are reading this via RSS, and don’t see the video, click through. If you do see the video, you may want to verify that your speakers are not set to high).

To show how fast the browser actually is they compared it with several high speed plays. That is to say, they burned, crushed and splashed all over the place like little kids and shot it in slo-mo HD. How slow mo? 2700 frames per seconds slow mo. They did it using a Phantom v640 cam, which can actually go up to 8K images per seconds if you are willing to throw HD away.

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Make Light Painting Circles With Light

Evolved Cognitive Mechanisms (by Dennis Calvert)The following post about creating Circles art in light painting was made by Dennis Calvert. Check his excellent Flickr stream here.

There’s something magical about the perfection and symmetry found in a circle. Today, we are going to learn one way to make perfect circles with light.

The idea is very simple and all the materials for the project can be purchased at local hardware and department stores. [Read more...]

Poll: Are You An Available Light Or a Strobist Kinda Shooter?

'Sun' By Flower (by AF-Photography)This poll is another step in my journey to know you better. This time I am asking a simple question: do you use artificial lights?

On the red corner we have your typical Strobist, light commands the hand motions, just like the apprentice in Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

On the blue corner we have the naturalist, packs light (no pan intended) and uses the elements (or other available light) as shaping tools.

And of course everything in between – this is why we have other.

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A Bag O’ Goodies – A DIYP Assignment Pt. 1

bog logoI am happy to bring to life the bag O’ goodies assignment here on DIYP.

Looking over the last few years, DIYP accumulated a huge bunch of tutorials, and this assignment is designed to help you make some good use of them.

Our sponsors really outdid themselves this time and the winner will literally receive a bag full of goodies.

Hit the jump for more details. [Read more...]

Using Dry Ice For Adding Drama To Your Pictures

Using Dry Ice For Adding Drama To Your PicturesThe following post about working with dry ice was made by Morgana Creely.

Working with dry ice can be a lot of fun and certainly adds a dramatic flair to your images. However there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.

Dry Ice is extremely cold [-78.5°C/-109.3°F] and needs to be handled with care at all times. To avoid burns, keep it away from the skin at all times, and wear heavy gloves where possible.

It’s also important that when using dry ice you are in a well-ventilated area. Dry ice is a form of carbon dioxide and use in a poorly ventilated area will cause headaches and nausea. [Read more...]

Making Patterned Light Painting Images

light paintingThe following guest post about creating patterns with Light Painting is written by Mark Montgomery (A.K.A maku on Flickr), you can see more of his work here.

There a lots of really talented light painters out there worldwide doing big small stuff and detailed everything style pieces. If I had to choose I wouldn’t but some folks take their photos to the next level. From the icy blue rocks and motioned ocean done by Burnblue to the triptastic tunnel work of someone like tcb (who did a few great tutorials for DIYP). Their work always has a real power owing to the huge or subtle location they use. Each does it their own way but to full effect.

I always try to focus on the journey of the light. An ideal shot for me is one with no streetlight or reflected windows and a frame of something that I can’t explain but recognize as soon as I see it. I love the use of spaces but I always have enjoyed focusing on the light itself as it flowed momentarily. Trying to add depth with the pathways of various sources or flipping something to create a symmetrical view if I feel it adds to what I was trying to do is usually about it. Here is how you do it. [Read more...]

The Battlefield Pinhole Camera

Battlefield Pinhole CameraAfter yesterday’s Pinhole Bonanza, I am proud to serve you the Battlefield Pinhole Camera DIY tutorial.

The battlefield is a revolutionary pinhole camera that simultaneously uses 3 rolls of 35mm film to capture an image split across all three rolls. Look at the image on the left for a clue on the name origin :)

This tut has lots of details and is somewhat technical, so we will jump between images, videos and text, using the best method (or methods) to illustrate each step. Try and keep up. [Read more...]