A Coffee Sleeve Lens Hood

We featured some crazy starbucks hacks before and we featured some lens-hood hacks before, but we never featured any lens-hood coffee hack before.

Well, there is a first for everything. Flickr user Nick Cool just submitted this interesting lens hood hack made from a disposable coffee holder.

Weatherized Nikon in Peru

here is how Nick describes it:

Sometimes a lens hood is needed, but unless they are integrated to the lens, they are big and not easy to transport.

I used a hot cup sleeve as lens hood, not a brilliant idea but good enough to save the day.#

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How To Build The Easiest Motorized Slider

Here is one memorable quote, “It is a slider, not a roller after all“. This comes from Dan Colvin, a film maker and a unicyclist that was set to build a slider that would be easy to build, even if you are not a certified maker. To meet this end, Dan removed any complicated mechanisms from his slider, eliminating wheels, pipes, metal work and leaving only a felt covered 2 by 4 and a stretch of plywood as the basic elements of the slider.

How To Build The Easiest Motorized Slider

The slider is powered by a K’nex motor that pulls the felt covered 2 by 4. I must say that I was kind of skeptic about how smooth the action would be. I was surprised. It is very smooth. See for yourself in the footage below followed by a build guide. While the footage shows a small smart phone for cam, I think it would work for larger cameras too.

Following is some demo footage, followed by an instructional video

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Optical Low-Pass Filter Removed From 5D Mark III

Looks like today is hacking new cameras day. After the unobtrusive $30 WiFi hack for the D4 comes a much braver hack for the 5D MKIII. Film maker James Miller was brave enough to break open his brand new 5D MKIII and removes the anti aliasing filter (or Low Pass Optical Filter – LPOF) from his camera.

The anti aliasing filter serves an important function in the camera’s digital workflow. It removes some of the “real world” data so it matches the resolution of the camera sensor. This artificial “downgrade” contributes towards a smoother image.

But anything comes with a cost, and the cost of using an Anti Aliasing filter is decrease in resolution.

Optical Low-Pass Filter Removed From 5D Mark III

So, here comes James Miller and surgically removes the anti aliasing filters from his 5D mkIII. On the plus side the modified Canon now produces drastically sharper movies. On the down side, he must have had a heart attack. On the down side, it seems that a piece of glass needed to replace the filter to prevent back-focusing. [Read more...]

Add WiFi To Your Nikon D4 For $30

If you are one of the lucky few who now own a Nikon D4 (which means you could both shell about $6,000 and managed to get in line early enough) there is a good chance that you wondered why Nikon did not include WiFi on its flagship.

It does include an Ethernet port allowing for wired control and live view, but no WiFi.

You could of course, add WiFi with the WT-5A, but that would mean saying goodbye to another $900. This is kinda weird of Nikon side, especially when the lower-end, soon to be announced, D3200 is rumored to have WiFi capabilities.

Nikon Rumors shares a great hack an interesting, and more affordable option to add WiFi capabilities to the D4 (or any camera with an Ethernet port for that matter) – using a VAP11G portable WiFi bridge.

Add WiFi To Your Nikon D4 For $30

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Cokin’s Graduated ND filters – A Product Review

Hey guys!

Benjamin Von Wong – Montreal Based photographer here! I recently reviewed for you a set of teleconverters, and this time wanted to follow up with a set of Graduated ND filters from Cokin supplied to me during my trip to Africa by the nice fellows over at B&H!

Cokin's Graduated ND filters - A Product Review

As you may probably know, a graduated ND filter is essentially a square plate of glass that darkens the image gradually from top to bottom. What’s fun about the filter set from Cokin is that it comes with various “densities” of darkness that are stackable. What this means is that you have a pretty good control over how big of a change in dark-light transitions that you can do. Additionally, since the filter rests on a ring, you can rotate the filters to manually control the angle of the gradient! [Read more...]

A $25 DIY Micro Jib

As we start getting into video production in DIYP (see our steel wool tutorial) I am constantly amazed with the production quality that can be brought to ghetto productions like ours.

I anticipate that as video gets bigger and bigger, small productions will have higher and higher production value, even if made at home with a limited budget.

One of the ways to increase production value is by using a jib (or a crane). A jib allows for a wide range moving shots, and after getting a slider, this will probably be your next piece of gear.

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Can Kickass Studio Lighting Cost LessThan $200?

We are big fans of home made lighting (see our studio in action here). I am more of a CFL kind of guy, and when I got our video studio up, I opted up for those small compacts florescents. But uber talent Joe Edelman shows that great results can be had with the old school florescents as well.

Can Kickass Studio Lighting < $200

Joe build anything with simple florescents, from strip lights, to power banks and crazy ring lightish contractions. Of course, being a kick ass photographer does not hurt as well.

Using mostly 2 light fixtures mounted on a rail and 40 Watts florescents to set up his lights, Joe’s photography makes a hell of a point that photographs are not about expensive gear (take that KinoFlo). How-to video and sample imagery after the jump [Read more...]

Steel Wool Light Painting Explained

Steel wool light painting is one of the most rewarding forms of light painting. It’s fun to make (anyone said playing with fire), easy to plan and results are spectacular.

I thought it would be fun to host Ben at the DIYP studio and do a walkthrough of a steel wool light painting shoot we did while he was visiting here.

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