Using A Door Peephole As A Fisheye Lens

Sometimes you wanna have that specific POV of someone looking through a peephole. I guess the easiest way to shoot this is by sticking your camera through a peephole.

Dave from Knoptop shares how he converted a $7 200 degrees door peephole and a PVC reducer into a wide angle lens. The vignetting is pretty strong so I am not sure it is usable as a “real” fisheye, but the effect is still pretty cool for $7.

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Double Portraits – Portraits of Projections of Portraits

I have a soft spot for using projectors in photography. Aside from the art it produces I think that there is something magnificent in using the light in the opposite way while taking a picture, kinda like having a light-dialog.

This is why I love John Lang’s Blind Spot series. John used a projector to throw people’s own faces at them and then take a picture of the (real) composite.

Double Portraits - Portraits of Projections of Portraits

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Quick Tip: Easy Filter Removal

I recently saw a post about using zip ties as a makeshift wrench for removing filters from lenses and from each other (for those of you who stack them). Even the author recognized the dangers of the method when he pointed out that if not done properly the filter(s) in question could accidentally fly across the room like Japanese throwing stars (my analogy, not his). Obviously, any method that puts your lenses, filters, or pets in harm’s way if not done precisely right should have you asking, “Isn’t there a better way?”

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We’re Giving Away A Super Cool Think Tank Retrospective 7 (Blue Slate)

We're Giving Away A Super Cool Think Tank Retrospective 7 (Blue Slate)

Update: the giveaway is now over, thanks for playing. And a huge thanks for ThinkTank for providing the prize.

Nothing like a brand new photography bag to brighten up your day. The awesome folks at Think Tank are giving away a super cool Retrospective 7 (value $154.75).

It is an awesome bag if you don’t want to be shouting “I carry a dSLR” but still want to, you know… carry a dSRL. It can pack a DSLR and 2-3 lenses or strobes. (And it has a rain cover. nice!)

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Anamorphic DIY Adapter Used For Capturing Widescreen On 35 Mm DSLRs

UPDATE: for some still image and a note from the creator, scroll to the bottom

You know how everything looks better on the wide screen? I attribute it all to the aspect ratio. Everything looks nice on widescreen.

Anamorphic DIY Adapter Used For Capturing Widescreen On 35 Mm DSLRs

The thing is that our DSLRs take images with 2:3 ratio and if we crop them we lose quality. This is where anamorphic lenses come into play, anamorphic lenses stretch the image to capture widescreen images/footage on 2:3 sensors. Just like an anamorphic pinhole captures wide screen images on a 35mm film.

Here is the problem, anamorphic lenses are kinda rare and expensive. Used anamorphic projection lenses on the other hand are bearable. [Read more...]

Programmable RGB LED Orb Tool for Light Painting Photography

You know what you get when you cross programming and photography? Kick bottoms light painting. A year ago today we featured Michael Ross’s (a.k.a. TxPilot) Digital Light Wand. It is a wonderful Arduino based tool that creates pictures in mid air.

Well, Michael is at it again. Yesterday Michael released his tutorial for a programmable Orb. (click here if you need an orb primer).

Similarly to the wand, the Programmable LED Orb Tool (o.k. you are PLOT from now on)… so similarly to the wand, the PLOT takes any bitmap or jpg image and converts it to a pattern that Arduino can understand. [Read more...]

Synching Strobes With Fiber Optics Instead Of PC-Sync

While there are plenty of wireless triggers around, the most fail-safe way of triggering a strobe is still by using a sync cord. Alas, not all strobes come equipped with a sync jack (pc, or 1/8).

Marcell, A.K.A Fiberstrobe came up with a way to add a sync chord to any strobe that has an optical slave. In his case it was everybody’s lovable hackable strobe – the YN-460II. It synched wonderfully indoors but failed to fire under strong sun.


The YN460 does not have a PC or a 1/8 jack so actually an optical sync is the only solution if you are unwilling to add an external hot-shoe.

But, they don’t call him fiberstrobe for nothing. Using Velcro, cardboard and foamies, Marcell created an optical sync wire that works on light rather than closing an electrical circuit.

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Portable “Kino Flo” Setup Explained

Portable "Kino Flo" Setup ExplainedAbout a week ago we shared a sweet little video by Tristan Shea Penner showing the flattering results made with a DIY setup similar to Peter Hurley‘s Kino Flo setup.

While the video showed the awesome photographs that resulted from using the setup, you needed a sharp eye to hunt the different build parts and schematics scattered around the video. We asked for it and here it is. Tristan shared the build diagram. [Read more...]

The Aviator Is An On The Go Travel Jib

If you’ve been reading the DIYP for any length of time, you know that we love jibs. We love them because they provide an easy way to get high production value. Our last few jibs were the kind of jibs you make by going to home depot and spending an afternoon of screwing, bolting and hacking at pieces of metal.

On the other hand we never show the really high end jibs as those can be really expensive.

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The Making Of The Bokeh Goblins In The Gramatik Music Video “Solidified”

A few weeks back we featured a crazy video where bokeh golblins took over New York. Our Bokeh Masters Kit has been around, but nothing to that extent – I loved how much detail the bokeh goblins had and how their eyes moved so I asked the director Bradonio if he could explain how it was done. Following is his account.

The following is a quick description of the “bokeh silhouettes” in the Gramatik music video “Solidified”, if you don’t recall the video, here is a quick reminder.

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