It Takes A Big Camera To Photograph A Big Space Rocket

If you had a chance to shoot one of America great modern wonders, the Saturn V Rocket, what camera would you use. I mean, that is some respected rocket, being the one that landed me on the moon.

Our pal Destin (whom you may recall as the guy who shoots matches) met with Darren Samuelson, the maker of the Great Big Camera, at the US Space and Rocket Center to shoot the Saturn V with one of the biggest cameras I know.

The camera weighs about 70 pounds and takes in film sheets which are 504 sq inch big. This much films should allow it to photograph a huge amount of details.

The last thing that got my attention was the amount of time spent on measurements, with today’s digital meters, metering is becoming more rare, but I guess that if you are going to expose 504 sq inches, develop and then print it, you wanna make sure you are on the dot.

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Use Your Old Camera As A Desk Lamp

Use Your Old Camera As A Desk LampUPDATE: as promised, here comes the tutorial.

Kirsty from kootoyoo came up with a nifty concept for camera that works backwards. Instead of taking light in, this camera spews light out, making it a tripod mounted desk lamp.

This is pretty much in line with today’s concept of reusing old film cameras as light sources :)

Kirtsy is going to post a tutorial on how to make on of those in the following week, so stay tuned. (Or if you can’t wait you can try soliciting her to selling you one. I hear she loves coffee) [Read more...]

Convert Your Old Camera To A Backdrop Projector In 10 Easy Steps

Convert Your Old Camera To A Backdrop Projector In 10 Easy StepsIf you own one of them 90′s film cameras and stopped using it because digital is so hip right now, you’re gonna dust it off once you’re done reading this tutorial.

In this tutorial photographer Richard Hill is going to explain how to convert your old film camera combined with a strobe into a background generator (which pros also like to call Cookie Projector or a gobo projector).

We featured a strobe based background generator before, which was based on a box and Fresnel lenses. This time around the shades can be way more delicate. Here comes Richard: [Read more...]

Making A Non Destructible, Mobile, Power Efficient, Waterproof Kino Flo System

Making A Non Destructible, Mobile, Power Efficient Kino Flo SystemIndie films are a never-dry tap of production creativity. And gear not an exception in that regards. In most cases Indie films don’t have the huge budget of Hollywood productions so you think twice before making a call and ordering 1/2 a ton of light.

The Underwater Realm is no different in that regard. In fact it is ground breaking. The movie is set entirely under water which required water proofing and submersing any light, power or camera used.

They are also ground breaking in the fact that they are sharing their production in a weekly video blog. If you are a bit of a maker or a starting away videographer, you’ll get completely sucked in.

This week’s edition is all about creating a submersible Kino Flo. Kino Flo is a light a bit like florescent, only stronger, light balanced and completely flickerless. On the other hand, it is fragile, expensive, and most importantly, it does not like water. [Read more...]

Create A Non-Existing Man Via Light Painting [Not For The Faint Of Heart]

Create A Non-Existing Man Via Light Painting We have shown screen doing 3D extrusion before using both iPads and iPhones, but this is the first time we are featuring a tutorial that uses a 30″ monitor.

Photographer Zeke Adam (Flickr) agreed to share the secrets behind his non-existing man series, which basically light paints a non existing man. Duh… While Zeke uses high end software like 3D Studio Max and Cinema 4D, similar results can be achieved with free software (like Blender, which we featured before). Some of the steps are too complex to include in this tutorial, but we will refer you to the relevant places to learn or download shortcuts.

It’s all Zeke from now. [Read more...]

Just Can’t Get Enough Shaped Bokeh

I just love those little nuggets of fun.

While I am not the Black Eyed Peas biggest fan (my daughter is, you should here her scream Pump-it! from the top of her lungs) , it is always a nice surprise to see a shaped bokeh featured in a big, hot-shot video.

After last year’s Shaped Bokeh appearance in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World which for me marked the beginning of this technique being adopted by serious cinematographers, comes Just Can’t Get Enough by The Black Eyed Peas. The video was shot just one week before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the clip encourages donating towards Japan’s relief efforts.

Watch for second 54. Full of lovely bokeh hearts. If you are shooting DSLR it is very easy to create that effect using an Exacto knife, or using DIYP’s Bokeh Masters Kit. (The video starts 5 seconds before the effect shows).


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Poll: Are You Using Protection?

My broken UV filter, RIPThere is an ongoing debate in the photography community, if one should use UV filters (or similar “zero effect” filters). I was never a big advocate for any of the camps, but slid a UV filter on all my lenses just in case.

As of this now, I am a firm member of the first camp.

Earlier this month I shot an event and had my D300 + 24-70/2.8 heavily shoved slightly brush against a poll. Luckily I had a B+W haze filter on.

The filter broke completely. I removed it and using a blower made sure that all the small and sharp glass was removed.

While I hate losing an ~$80 filter, I love not losing a ~$1600 lens. And think it is worth paying that little performance degradation.

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Use An Electrical Drill For Smooth Dolly Sliding

Use An Electrical Drill For Smooth Dolly SlidingIf you are doing any video production, one of the first tools you’ll probably end up building/buying is a slider/dolly combo.

A slider gives you the ability to smoothly move the camera sideways during a shot and it adds a great deal of value to any video production.

If you are building a slider getting a one of the cheap sliders the “Industry standard” super cool (yet no so cheap) kessler pocket dolly, this tip will make your life easier.

You can use a drill as a dolly motor which will give it a constant and smooth movement. [Read more...]

Can You Make Computerized Shaped Bokeh?

Computerized Shaped BokehAs you probably know DIYP has a small feish for shaped boekh (we even made a kit).

Mike Pan was interested to see if a similar effect can be computer generated. well, it can using blender and cycles. Here is what Mike has to say about it.

It all started with the release of Cycles – a new GPU based (read: Fast) path-tracing (read: Nice) rendering engine for the 3D software Blender. For people unfamiliar with the concept, a rendering engine is a software that turns a computer generated 3D scene into a final picture. A rendering engine has to calculates lights, shadows, surface materials and all the intricate details that make up a believable virtual world. Most rendering engines uses all kind of tricks and shortcuts to simulate surfaces and lighting, whereas Cycles rendering is purely based on the physics of light, which means it is very easy to get photo-realistic renderings like this: [Read more...]

$60 Video Light Configuration

The guys over at SLRLounge came up with a video tutorial about that shows how to create a video light configuration for an intimate interview.

I spoke on the merits of worklights before as a very inexpensive option for shooting stills, but this video shows how they also work great for video. Pye Jirsa does mixes several light temperatures in a very Strobist CTO Overdrive way to gain cool light effect on one side of the interviewers face. Sweet.

I tried to tally up the actual numbers and came up with something close to $60, not bad for a video setup considering that even the most basic dedicated video lights cost around $40-70.

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