Smart Device For Photographing Rolling Shaped Bokeh

We’ve featured a fair share of videos using shaped bokeh, but it is always about the discs that makes the shapes. We never actually taken about how to get the lights that make the bokeh thing right. And for the most of it, it’s pretty simple. Just point your camera at a distant street / tree top / sparkling water / night car lights and you’re good.

Smart Device For Photographing Rolling Shaped Bokeh

Well, here is something different. A clever technique for creating moving dots of lights that are not driving cars. LIGHTS’s “Timing Is Everything” features a moving bokeh done by wrapping LEDs on a giant barrel like device and spinning it while shooting. Pretty clever if you ask me. (video and BTS after the jump) [Read more…]

Build A Mega 50MP+ Wide Angle Digital Pinhole Lens

I thought I’ve seen it all with pinholes. From getting them in walnuts to making a run on three 35mm films. David O’Sullivan proved me wrong with his submission to our How I Took It. David created a 50MP pinhole camera by cleverly using a body cap. Definitely not how I’ve seen body cap/pinhole combos done before.

Like many people with a DSLR I have experimented on and off with the ubiquitous pinhole lens made out of a body cap and some aluminium cans. I have always been disappointed with the results as they end up just being blurry photographs and don’t have any of the magic a ‘real’ pinhole does. Real pinhole photographs are often very wide angle and have characteristic vignetting around the edges. This imparts a dreamy or other-worldly feeling to the image.

I set out to improve on the idea and build my own.

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How To Make A Vintage Camera Half Case

Here is an awesome entry to our How I Took It Contest from Mambastik. It’s a vintage case for vintage looking cameras. This specific one is for the Olympus Pen EP1, but the process described makes it a breeze to adopt to any camera.

How To Make A Vintage Camera Half Case

Speaking of How I Took It, the submission period is over and we are working hard an rallying up the dozens of entries and reviewing them all. Results soon.

I decided to do this build as an alternative to expensive camera cases found on various online shops. I’ve always asked myself, “why is it so expensive? I could probably make it myself!” And so I took on the challenge. I made this a while back, but have made improvements since then.

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A Portable Golf Cart On-Location Studio

If you go out on location alone you know that one of the more frustrating things are the walks back and from the car hauling gear. The other thing is that you have to reposition the lights yourself.

A Portable Golf Cart On-Location Studio

Photographer Joseph Philbert was inspired by Peter Nguyen with a clever way to solve one and ease on the other. He uses a golf cart both as a personal U-haul and a self contained mini studio with batteries, light stands, modifiers and wheels. [Read more…]

How To Trigger And Waterproof Strobes Under Water

Now, shooting underwater has a whole set of built-in challenges that we earth photographers don’t really have to deal with on regular terms. The lack of breathable oxygen is one, mixing wet and electricity is another and the cream is that radio triggers don’t really play nicely under water.

How To Trigger Strobes Under Water

JP Danko from blurMEDIA Photography regularly shoots underwater so he had to come up with a solution that will both keep the strobes dry and just as important make them pop. Got to hand it to JP. He made a pretty smart rig (and I am not talking about the ducky float his assistant/wife uses to boom some light from above, which is simple yet genius). [Read more…]

How To Create A Steel Wool Light Painting Vortex

Our How I Took It Contest got an impressive number of steel wool light painting tutorials. I wanted to share this one from Mike Mikkelson as it introduces two new elements that we’ve never had on the blog before: a super smart steel wool cage (rather than the whisker that we usually use) and the creation of a vortex. Enjoy.

I get a lot of comments on my Steel Wool Vortex image, and I have had many people ask me how I took it. Most people are surprised when I let them know that it is steel wool on the end of a cable, lit on fire, and then spun around very fast to create the sparks. Although the art of steel wool photography is not new or unique, I have constructed a re-usable rig that has helped me make some great fire wool images. This thread will explain how I created a custom cage for steel wool photography, and how I made the Fire Wool Vortex image.

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Hackin': Canon EOS M Firmare Port On The Way From Magic Lantern

Ever since Canon introduced their mirrorless EOS M I’ve been curious to see which of the two custom firmware groups will have a go at it: CHDK or Magic Lantern. I got my answer today.

Hackin': Canon EOS M Firmare Port On The Way From Magic Lantern

The Magic Lantern team has successfully dumped the camera’s firmware and were able ran a hello world program on it. Magic lantern writes:

In his review, Roger Cicala said the EOS-M is “a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera“. We, the developers of ML, will try to address the first issue.

We like the EOS-M a lot, even if in our poll it came out near the bottom. With a few software tweaks, it can be a great small camera for timelapse and astronomy work, according to ubergizmo. The video side didn’t really impress us, but as a compact travel camera with DSLR image quality, it’s probably going to be hard to beat.

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Win A Package Of Photo Goodies For Two Buddies

UPDATE: This giveaway is has ended. thanks for playing :) see winner below.

Today we are giving away a sweet package of prizes with Joby and Acme Made. It really is in the spirit of sharing.

Win A Package Of Photo Goodies For Two Buddies

We are giving away a wonderful set of a stylish Acme Made Montgomery Street Backpack and an Acme Made Montgomery Street Kit Bag. A Joby UltraFit Sling Strap (Man or Woman) and a Joby Three-Way Camera Strap. A GorillaPod GripTight & Micro GripTight. And one big GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X. The package is valued at $460) [Read more…]