DIY Three Strobes Bracket Will Triple Your Light

Three Flashes Mount Will Triple You LightWe’ve had our share of dual strobe mounts before, but this is a first for a triple mount. And you’d need every bit of that light if you are shooting a big modifier like the Westcott’s 28″ Apollo monster.

This tutorial shows you how to make one (or print it out and go to the local shop so they make one).

The detailed instructions were written by Eric Au (Flickr), Calgary based photographer and industrial designer. Always helps to have a Shop at the garage… I wonder how many comments will persuade Eric to go and make this into something you could buy at B&H.

Traditionally, during this time of year, there is a lull in work flow. Not a lot of contracts are signed during late September and October. Things pick up again in November. Typically, I use this time to hone some new technique or try out some new gear. A tiny bit of hackground (pun intended) for you readers, I am photographer and an industrial designer and it was inevitable when those two would collide. I’ve been hacking and developing my own brackets and equipment ever since I could hold a saw.

I use a lot of off camera flash for location work, I sought out to design and develop something that is the size of a palm, but have every feature and the strength of the Lightware Foursquare. Although I currently own and use a Foursquare, it is still not compact enough to throw into my bag (taking into account the handle assembly which makes it work really well).

Instead of trying to copy and reduce the size of a Foursquare, I decided to subtract some light, using 3 instead of 4 Speedlights (I use only Nikon Sb800s). I started with the largest hex, t6160 aluminum I could source locally, 2”. A piece of hex stock offered 6 open, flat sides to mill into features to mount the flashes, the spigot and umbrella thumb screw. [Read more...]

Using a Kitchen Timer To Create Panning Timelapse Movies

The super techy kitchen timer panning headWe have had a post before where we shoed how to use a canon G9 camera and a bunch of opensource photography software (mainly CHDK) to create amazing timelapse movies.

This time we are taking it up a notch and adding some movment to the movie. The idea is simple, using a mechanical kitchen timer (I used a fancier one :) and a bolt we created a rotating camera. Movie with tutorial and samples after the jump. [Read more...]

Radio Slave Triggers – PocketWizard Review – Part 1

Radio Slaves Triggers - PocketWizard Review - Part 1If you remember a while ago, I was full of pain about my crappy you-get-what-you-pay-for radio slaves. When they worked, it was a match made in heaven. Sadly, they did not always work.

Long story short. I made a change. In this two posts series,  I will first detail how and why I came to select Pocketwizard as my radio system and then share my first impressions after using it for more than a month. [Read more...]

Spill Control Diffusion Screens

Difussion Screen 03The cardboard light tent is a constantly popular post here at DIYP, and no wonder it is one of the easiest ways for shoot a small product [note to self, make a really huge cardboard tent].

However, it is not the only way to create good small scale product setups. A while back David Hobby had a great derivative of that box which he titled the lunch box.

Photographer Steve Bennett uses a similar concept to create a table top sized diffusion screen with built in spill control. [Read more...]

For Halloween – The Strob-O-Lantern

The WatchmanWith Halloween just around the corner I thought that showcasing a nice scary photograph may be inspirational. Of course, since this is DIYP there’s a hack in it. It is using an optically triggered hacked slave flash that was fitted in a Lantern.

Photographer Victor W used a small flash scavenged from a Kodak disposable camera to create a scary watch man photograph. (sorry victor, but watchman at night with threatening faces are scary, if you wanna see Victor’s nice side see here). [Read more...]

Sling-O-Matic™ 30 Giveaway

Sling-O-Matic™ 30 GiveawayUpdate: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to the good fellas @ThinkTank for making this great giveaway. Winners at bottom of the post.

Our good friends over at ThinkTank Photo are giving away a very cool Sling-O-Matic 30 Camera bag (Valued @ $189.00). I know, I know, there are plenty of camera sling bags out there. But, there is only one bag (Well, at least as far as I know) that allows you to sling the bag over your right OR your left shoulder.

Oh yea, did I say it can carry a laptop? I did now. Details & giveaway entry after the jump. [Read more...]

Homemade Camera Panoramic Head

Homemade Camera Panoramic HeadThe following post about creating a polycarbonate panoramic head was written by Barry Young. It is a slick design that uses semi-fixed drilled holes for vertical panning and polycarbonate for an even slicker look. In Barry’s words:

Both of my DSLRs, an Olympus E1 and a Sigma SD10, are somewhat limited (by today’s standards) in the number of megapixels they churn out. That doesn’t mean that I intend to upgrade them any time soon.

Occasionally though I want to capture a particular scene in the highest resolution I can and so, like many other photographers, I too have had a go at creating my own DIY panoramic head.

As you can see it is very much like many others you will find on the net, the main difference being that it is made of 12mm transparent polycarbonate, which makes it look slightly different from the norm. [Read more...]

Weekend Project – Make Patterned Photographs Of Computer and Glass

Glass with computer generated backgroundSteve Hermitage who made it a point to create and share wonderful photography home projects, like the bubble world that was featured here before, just released another great weekend project. So if he forecast is rainy and it looks like you are about to stay home. Get a bottle of wine and two glasses. one for you and one for the camera. Here is one fun project for this weekend.

Using a computer screen Steve created simple patterns which he then uses to shoot empty glasses of wine. The way the glass breaks and distorts the light creates interesting poppy patterns. [Read more...]

Endlessly Power Your Flash Lights With A Flashlight

Power Yout Flash Lights With A FlashlightPhotographer Matt Kenney came up with quite a clever way to provide external power to his battery operated strobe (Canon 430EXII).

Instead of building a specialized case with a dedicated battery, or drilling a power socket into the flash, Matt went for the shelf product and used one of them $6, 6V flash lights (about a dollar a volt). I always prefer off the shelf products to making something new, always. Matt then went ahead and equipped it with a 6V rechargeable battery, and a charging jack.

On the strobe side, Matt used wooden batteries to allow the power to flow. IT get a recycle time of 1.2 seconds for full pop (holdya’rhorses SB900 users, it will heat up soon enough).

Matt was kind enough to allow me to share his picture tutorial on DIYP [Read more...]


It is October (or as some call it Oktober), a very festive month indeed. I would like to take a second and thanks to DIYP great sponsors. They pay the bill to keep this site running each month.

It is their partnership that allowed me to leave my job at TI and focus on DIYP, building bringing more content to the blog, building more kits (some great news coming soon), and engaging in new projects that will be unveiled later this year. I mean doing all this w3ithout starving my kids of course…

If you find the info on this site valuable, I hope you’d consider engaging with them. Many thanks to Wix, Lensbaby and CreativeLight for their ongoing support.

But mostly friends, thanks for reading the blog.

If you want to learn more about sponsoring DIYP click here.

PS – A big thanks to our five winners of the Bokeh Masters Kit special edition for Kids With Cameras we collected $165. Great! [Read more...]