Say Hello To Trade Secret Cards

Please join me is saying hello to Trade Secret Cards as a new sponsor on DIYP.

Trade Secret Cards are a set of trading cards that approach inspiration, lighting and picture taking in an innovative way.

Each card features an image on the front and a setup / discussion on the back. They are great for learning lighting, getting ideas and inspiration and for reference.

There are now two decks of cards available for purchase: The Strobist gallery fav deck (as in Flickr fav), and the Chase Jarvis Portrait sessions deck. I reviewed the Strobist deck when it went out.

The decks are edited by Zeke Kamm, the Editor of Nice Magazine. They are made from high quality stock cards with UV coating and feel great in your hand.

It is sponsors like Trade Secret Cards, Bokeh Masters Kit and Wix that enable this site to remain free, and for this I am grateful. [Read more...]

Three Chroma Key Solutions For The DIY Photographer

chroma Key FrogThe following post about 3 ways to DIY your Chroma Key was made by Ben Eadie of

There are several ways to get a decent chroma background for a photo for the DIYer and the results are just as good as any pro system I have encountered. We will cover 3 solutions I have used with great success and all cost less than $15. You can use a green sheet, you can paint a wall and you can make a pop out chroma key like a pop out reflector. I use green for my key but you can also use blue if you choose. [Read more...]

Create Wonderful Digital Pinhole Pictures Using a Tobacco Box

ph012 (by Matt (MattDevlinPhotography))Digital pinhole uses the same principles as a “regular pinhole” i.e. a small hole instead of lens, but as all digital cameras, it provides a way to instantly view your image and “change film” with less hustle.

Photographer Matt Devlin posted this awesome digital pinhole guide on DIYP flickr group. I thought it is worth to repost it here (with permission) to help everyone see it. Thanks Matt. [Read more...]

Bag O’ Goodies – A DIYP Assignment Pt. 2

bog logoHere comes the second part of BOG (Bag O’ Goodies). BOG’s first part was a riot, with a final that was very hard to judge, this time we are going to up the difficulty level (see how great the last round was in this slideshow).

Again we have some awesome prizes for the winner, just the stuff that will get you going is you are starting to look into the world of photography hacks, mods and lighting. [Read more...]

Extending The GI Trigger Range

Extending The GI Trigger RangeFinally I got around to making a little change on my GI Radio Slave Transmitter set (those are also known as GI Triggers or Poverty Wizards).

I love the triggers dearly, and while there pop rate is not good enough to play Russian Roulette with, it is good enough for most of my usage.

One thing that has been bothering me for ages is the short rage of those triggers. While they work well indoors, they tend to be a little limiting once stepping outside. I looked around and found some great tuts (including a camo one) about extending the GI range. This post will describe how I did it (kinda quick and dirty).

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Wireless Tethering – Shoot Tethered… Wirelessly

Wireless Tether Device (by .Jazz)I know it sounds like an oxymoron, however, this is one of the best examples of hack’n mod beating the cr*p out of store bought solutions.

Canberra Australia based photographer Jamie Carl, rigged together a great system that will wireless your USB setup (can you use wireless as a verb? not sure). This is so trivial that it just shouts, Why didn’t I do this before.

Jamie says this setup helped hum nail a difficult car-rigged setup where he did not know how fast the car will be going, and as a result did not know what shutter speed to use for good motion blur on the road, but no camera blur on the car. Using a wireless USB Carl was able to sit shotgun and adjust the settings on the go. [Read more...]

Build Your Own Lenses

For you (by johnnyoptic)Nikon, Canon, Leica, Pentax, Sigma, Tokina, and a host of other lens makers are all striving to bring you the sharpest lenses with all optical aberrations reduced to the minimum. That’s too bad! Because with lenses, as with life, sometimes it’s the imperfections that make things interesting.

The image on the left was shot with the imperfect optics of a homemade lens. Exploring the soft, dreamy world of DIY camera lenses in surprisingly easy. Let me show you.

There are two components necessary for a homemade camera lens suitable for use on a SLR or DSLR: the optics (to focus the light) and the mechanics (to hold the optics in place and hopefully provide a method of adjusting the focus and aperture). [Read more...]

Bag O’ Goodies – Food Assignment Winner Announced

bog logoIt’s time to announce the winners for the Bag O’ Goodies first assignment – food.

I know everyone is dying to see who won the (virtual) bag with all the goodies inside. I am going to list my top five picks and then announce the winner of a bag filled with about $870 worth of goodies.

Selection was not easy, and flickr playing games with the tagging system did not make it any easier, eventually I went and manually checked every picture upload from the announcement day (and a few from before) as the flickr tagging system did not catch all the images on the search. Here are my favs with no particular order.

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Pimping A Compete Strobist Studio

Studio 9 (by Kurbster)UPDATE: Looks like Kurbster droped out of flickr taking the very excellent set of strobist studio with him. I am going to leave the post here as the text still has value, although the images were soooooo much better to understand the concept from.

Just spent some good amount of time over at Kurbster photo stream. Seems like he completely nailed the whole, turn-a-room-into-a-strobist-studio thing.

Kurbster challenged Home Depot classic departments and generously turned some cheap and ordinary items into studio elements.

I’m gonna go over some of the challenges that Kurbster so elegantly solved.

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