Create a Digital Holga

Create a Digital HolgaFrenzy over at Instructalbes came up with a neat way to convert your SLR into a Holga.

A Holga is a very popular plastic toy camera that shoots 120 medium format films. It is known for its plastic looks and its amazing ability to provide inconsistent images.

the idea is very much similar to the Altoids pinhole we featured a few days ago. It uses the same mechanism – a body cup with attachment replaces the lens. Only this time Frenzy did not use a pinhole made from Altoids, he used a Holga lens. [Read more...]

No Strobes, No Light Stands, No Modifiers, No Problem!

Kimberley - Fluorescent 3 (by Ragoem)They say that necessity is the mother of all invention. How will you go on lighting a shot when you have no strobes, no lightstands and no modifiers?

With fluorescents of course. waintaminute! Fluorescents? Aren’t those the things that make green harsh hideous light? Well depends. Netherlands photographer Ragoem Vakfotografie shows just what can be done with just a couple of those lengthy lights.

First thing first, you need to understand light a bit to work with light sabers like this. Light is harsh when it is far (and looks small) and softer when it is close (and looks big). So fluorescents had t be placed close to the model. Placed? Try hand held. [Read more...]

SyLights Allows You To Create Online Lighting Diagrams

SyLight Allows You To Create Lighting DiagramsA new member is joining the ever expanding lighting diagram tools family. Sylights (which stands for Share Your Lights) is a Strobist oriented tool for sharing and creating lighting diagrams.

The tool was created by Paris based photographers Pierre-Jean Quilleré  and Olivier Lance to encourage photographers to share their lighting diagrams. This would, in turn allow other photographer to learn more about lights. [Read more...]

DIY Strip Lights And Rim Lights

strip lights setup (by udijw)After reading David Hobby’s post about rim lights, I decided that I wanna have a go myself.

In spite of David Advice, I went with strip lights. Made from an electrical racer. I did push them a bit more then on that post though.

Since I was not using a real “store bought” strip light I wanted to see how far I could push the light down the racer in a way that still produces good light through the diffusion screen. (Or actually, up the racer, since my flash was set on the bottom).

I placed the flash on the bottom of the racer and popped a few shots. I got nice blow out up to about 70cm. So that was the length of the strip light. From here the build starts. [Read more...]

Bag O’ Goodies Assignment – Sports

bog logoThis is absolutely the last chance to make a submission for the Bag O’ Goodies assignment. It has been a great ride so far, with two great assignment and two awesome winners (food, people @ work). Consequentially, this is also your last chance to win goodies valued at $870, that will set you on the right path as far as gear and inspiration goes.

This time we are asking you to take a picture related to sports. Not that the world football cup has any grip on me. (for the American readers: football = soccer) [Read more...]

Poll: What Is The Most Important Item In Your Photo Bag?

one (by benefit of hindsight)Many of us are carrying gear bags (Or gear trucks). It would be interesting to find our what are we using those bags for.

So This poll is about understanding what is in your photo bag. To exclude the obvious answer, cameras and lenses are a given. And to make it a bit more interesting, please choose only a single item you consider to be most important.

I did not include pre-loaded options on this one, so you can get as creative as you want.

All the polls I ran gave really interesting results in the open text box, and I expect this one to be no different. Especially that “Other” is only option now. [Read more...]

Photographer Shoots Locomotive HD Video With Pinhole Canon 7D

Photographer Shoots Locomotive HD Video With Pinhole Canon 7DPart time photographer (and full time DB architect) Josh Grant, was able to shot an entire like the old schoolers, with a pinhole camera. In this post Josh shares how he made the pinhole camera (from a Canon 7D) and filmed the movie. josh picked the perfect subject too – a locomotive to match feeling with technology!

I’ve wanted to make a pinhole lens for years now, but I finally got off my duff and did it after reading Matt Devlin’s fine tin can digital pinhole tutorial. [Read more...]

Canon Mug Giveaway Winners

DSC_9437 (by udijw)A week ago we were proud to announce a giveaway for a Canon lens mug from we have our winners.

The winner of the most original use for a canon lens 70-200 f/4 thermos is sieversma who suggested to use a canon lens to “tenderize meat”. Ouch.

The randomly selected winners of the 24-70 mug are twitters #54 – @jamesenloe and #18 – @matt_holdridge

Some other cool uses for the lens were:

  • DeathProctorbreak the glass inside, load it with 80mm mortar rounds and use it
    as a cannon
  • iamunique127If
    I had a Canon lens I’d call a friend with a Canon to come and take a
    picture of all my wonderful Nikon gear
  • noroom2 Canon Cocktail: Long Lenses Give Greater Alcohol Amounts

Winners were contacted. [Read more...]