A Primer On The Math Behind F-Stops

Have you ever wondered why the aperture number skip in such a weird way? What does 1.4 has to do with 2? The video below by Dylan Bennett has a great primer on the relations between focal length, aperture and the amount of light hitting the sensor.

A Primer On The Math Behind F-Stops

My favorite part is the trick to remember aperture stops -> Start with 1.4 and 2. and then double the numbers for the next stop => 1.4, 2, 1.4×2=2.8, 2×2=4, 2.8×2=5.6, 4×2=8 and so on. [Read more…]

Nightvision Timelapse Will Remind You How Awesome European Architecture Is

Director Luke Shepard took on an enormous task of doing big scale time lapse sequences of architecture found across Europe.

Nightvision Timelapse Will Remind You How Awesome European Architecture Is

While each sequence seems as if it was done on a multi-meter slider track, the shots were actually taken separately and stabilized in post. It is quite amazing to see how the camera moves in space like this. Yes, this is another one of those sit back, pump up the volume and go to full screen films. [Read more…]

eMotimo TB3 Review for Time Lapse Photography

I have a big and complicated time lapse film project on the horizon, and one of the new pieces of gear I recently picked up was an eMotimo TB3 Black robotic panoramic head.

I have created my fair share of time lapse films in the past. However, for this project I really wanted to step up my game by adding some killer dynamic time lapse sequences.

That is where the eMotimo TB3 comes in. The eMotimo TB3 is basically a robotic panoramic head that allows a time lapse film maker / photographer to make pan and tilt moves (two axis) while filming a time lapse photography sequence.

eMotimo TB3 Review - Setup

(The eMotimo TB3 head can also be added to a robotic dolly to produce pan, tilt and push / pull moves – three axis control.)

The resulting time lapse video sequences can be pretty mind boggling – and that sense of dynamic motion is exactly what I wanted to add to my work.

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Fighting Content Thieves With Photos

Content theft is a major pain in the neck with almost every big blog. I have had this blog copied and pasted verbatim several times over the years and always used the good old DMCA method to fight off the thieves

Fighting Content Thieves With Photos

But photographer Neil van Niekerk (who runs the excellent Tangents photography blog) came up with a way more amusing way to fight of those content ripoffs using photos.

Basically he set up his server to serve a different set of photos to his readers and to the infringing site. Here is Neil’s description, which is kinda of an interesting tale: [Read more…]

Smoke Tube of Death – Controlling Smoke On Large Locations

Controlling smoke always seems like a hard task to me. Between the wind, air temperate and evaporating nature of smoke it can get quite tricky. It also gets harder to control the bigger the setup is. And going outside does not make it any easier.

Smoke Tube of Death - Controlling Smoke On Large Locations

While we’ve featured some other ways to control smoke, like cooling it to make it heavy and stick to the ground or replacing it with flour altogether, there is always room for one more smoky trick. [Read more…]

Should Camera Makers Fear The Changing Market?

So…. the camera market boat is getting a pretty good shake up this last month, and while the changes may seem sporadic, here and there, I think there a big underlying scheme that is starting a paradigm change in the Camera industry (no, not 4/3 :).

Not a week ago Sigma announced a lens mount conversion service. This joins a new/old strobe from Phottix, the Mitros. Which was a Canon only Strobe until recently and now has a Nikon flavor (and Sony coming soon). I would say that it could be a 99.99% replacement to the Nikon/Canon flagships the SB910 and 600EX-RT.

Should Camera Makers Fear The Changing Market?

I think that those two independent events mark a transition in the camera industry and will force camera makers to rethink their strategies. Here is why: [Read more…]

Surprise, Nobody Cares About MegaPixels Anymore, We Want Better Low Light Performance

Actually, this is not very surprising. The megapixel race have gone to sleep until  Nikon’s D800 and the rumored 75MP new Canon woke it up again.

Surprise, Nobody Cares About MegaPixels Anymore, We Want Better Low Light Performance

Last week we did a quick poll to see what should camera makers focus on. Here are the results. I know that DIYP is not statistically a valid group, but I do think that with 1.000 votes it represents the general direction in which the wind is blowing. [Read more…]

A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer. With Build Beautifully Filmed

This DIY stabilizer by Youtuber 朗 岩本 is one of the best DIY Stabilizers I’ve seen. It was made specifically for the EOS 7D, but is so adjustable that it can probably carry any other camera as well.

A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer. With Build Beautifully Filmed

But the fact that it is a darn good build is actually not why I am featuring it today. I am featuring this stabilizer because it is one of the most beautiful build BTSs I’ve seen to date. [Read more…]

How To Build A Functional Awesome Looking Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig From Plumbing Supplies

Sometimes the looks of something makes just as much as difference as its function. I am not 100% positive that this steam punk rig by youtube user StrugglingWriter76 is the most comfortable thing in the world, but I would admit that it looks pretty cool.

How To Build A Steampunk DSLR Shoulder Rig

The rig is based around plumbing supplies, 15mm copper pipes, split rings and foam. All could be bought in the plumbing section at homedepot or such. [Read more…]