Using a Twist Jar Opener as Follow Focus

Photographer Tony Carretti came up with a pretty twisted way to make a cheap follow focus.

Tony uses a $2.49 Bed Bath & Beyond twist jar opener with the focus ring on the lens replacing the jar lid. As Tony says it is not solve 100% of your follow focus problems, but for $2.49 it really is a sweet solution.

If you are looking for a more complete DIY solution, prepare your workshop and check out the friction based follow focus that we features a while ago.

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Crossing Over To The Dark (Field) Has Never Been Easier

Crossing Over To The Dark (Field) Has Never Been EasierGlass is one of the hardest thing to photograph. It is transparent, hard to define, and punish for every spec of dust. In this post, we will explore two cheap, easy ways to ease the pain of shooting glass. And get stuffed with Pringles while doing so.

Bright Field and Dark Field are two lighting techniques used to shoot glass I first saw the term while reading Light Science & Magic though the principles are probably way older then the book.

Photographer Steve Bennett came up with a sweet and super cheap setup to perform both lighting schemes quickly and on a budget. [Read more...]

Build A PVC Camera Shoulder Rig

Build A PVC Camera Shoulder RigUser knoptop of Instructables came up with a video to show how you can make an HDSLR shoulder rig from PVC pipes.

For the most basic configuration all you’d need is a bunch of PVC pipes and fitting and a conduit box.

If you want a little bit extra you can add insulation foam as padding. I really like these kind of projects I wish we’d see more of them. [Read more...]

About Available Power, Being Nice To Earth and Saving Money

About Available Power, Being Nice To Earth and Saving MoneyAs a child we used to have a special plastic container in the fridge. The battery container. At any given moment it had a about two dozen batteries.

As I grew up and started to use a camera (a used Nikon F70) and a strobe (A used SB28), and then 5 strobes  it was only natural come up with a better system.

A system that would be kind to mother earth on one hand, and will allow me to shoot as much as I want on the other. The system evolved over the years, and will probably keep changing. This is where I stand now.

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Understanding Flash Sync, Shutter Curtains And High Speed Sync

Photographer Paul Duncan put together a great instructional video explaining what those darn curtains are, and why they matter for flash photography.

This excellent video, uncomplex some of the more complex concepts of flash photography. It explains the illusive T0.5 and T0.1, the concept of flash and front/back curtain and how high speed sync works (pretty clever).

Kinda makes this whole curtain thing simple as a shower curtain.

and if you thought that the video is smart, check Paul’s (Even Smarter) galley, and informative you tube channel. [Read more...]

Poll: What Are Your Goals For 2011?

Poll: What Are Your Goals For 2011?2011 definitely has a foot in the door. How’s it treating you? Nicely? I hope so.

[This is not going to be a how to shoot this or that post, but rather a challenging post for you that I hope will help you push yourself more this year as a photographer pro or amateur. (If you just want the how to stuff, feel free to skip this one, some great stuff coming on the next post).]

A while back I spoke about how important it is to have a plan in place if you want to  meet your goals. Of course, It helps to have a goal that you want to meet if you are in the plans making business. And often a goal is the first part of any plan. [picture courtesy Zeke Kamm] [Read more...]

Build A Very Cheap Macro Extension Tube

Build A Very Cheap Macro Extension TubeHave you ever wondered what’s the magical substance inside macro extension tubes? Very often they seem like they are just a piece of thick tube.

Well, that’s because they are. Or, at least the cheaper ones are. Usually the more expensive one have the ability to have the electrical contacts maintain between the lens and the body, all the rest is just a fancy, hollow, empty, light-tight tunnel of air.

Being so simple it is really tempting to make a macro tube out of a, say a hollow light-tight-regular-tube.

Which is exactly what Instructables user snelpiller did. [Read more...]

33% Off Inspiration / Gear Power Combo

We all love to take great pictures, but sometimes the well of ideas runs dry. All we need is a little inspiration or a new piece of gear to get to work.

This is why I am thrilled to offer this 33% off inspirational/gear promo.

It features both a tool of inspiration and our very own Home Studio Photography eBook for gear.

Power Combo Promo: Get Shooting With Inspiration and DIY Gear

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