We are notorious cheap-skates, to the point of friends dubbing me “Cheap-ass Al.” (Trust me, it’s one of my more noble titles.) No, we’re not as extreme as some, perhaps, but we definitely don’t shy away from an opportunity to save money. Most everything in our home is second-hand, so the idea of splurging for something as simple as wall hangings is nearly laughable. [Read more…]
Just yesterday, the team at Adobe made their latest updates for Camera Raw and DNG Converter available for Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud. For CS6, Camera Raw 8.4 consists of updates in camera support, bug fixes, and lens profile support. For CC, however, there’s a few new features we can look forward to.
The folks at the slanted lens are anything but low value so it was kinda surprising to see that many of their setups are actually low-budget DIYs. The short below shows six of those tricks including a plumbing backdrop hanger, a ton of budgety lighting solutions (some of which we have covered in the past, but their softbox is pure budget geniusity) and my favorite, another use for a tarp.
I’m a true believer in “laziness is the mother of all invention” and also in “cheapskate is the father of all DIY” – just kidding! My name is Ori, I am an avid DIYer, an electronics (and photography) hobbyist and I’ve got the biggest junk collection you can imagine. Nothing makes me happier than justifying the use of the whole room it takes up. To my wife, that is.
This is a story of how a fun day of carting with my team at work turned into a DIY “Cullinator” for Adobe LightRoom with a Foxconn gamepad that the IT department dumped (and I happily salvaged) and some sharewares I coaxed to cooperate with one another.
So we were indoor-carting the other day. I was there, as always, with my Nikon D60 and my (incompatible) SB80DX strobe, trying to get all artistic with long exposures and motion zooming while also letting my friends experiment with my DSLR and having fun seeing the look on their faces when they realize they have to put their eye up to the eyepiece…
Anyways, lighting conditions were really poor, very uneven, high iso, with moving targets, a kit lens and a flash that doesn’t even talk iTTL with the camera – a disaster in the making. I came home to discover I have to postprocess 99.5% of the 200-odd photos we all took. I wish I had a ‘cullinator’… hummmm… I do have a gamepad somewhere, don’t I? Yes! This is going to be fun! Googled “macro for lightroom” and I find ‘Paddy’. [Read more…]
Yes, you are still looking on the same blog. We just got slight
Back in the first few years, we (or actually I) were posting 2-3 posts a week and running a moonshine operation after hours of my daily job. This changed at 2010 when I jumped the gun and went full job with DIYP.
Now, ever since DIYP was born, about 8 years ago, it was using Drupal as a platform. But things has changed. DIYP was getting bigger, covering more topics and getting more traffic. We made a change to WordPress, to both support the growing team and reflect the editorial change we are going through which gives a focus to photography in general (while still keeping DIY with a warm place in our hearts as a category).
We are still ironing things out so if you see anything weird please let us know.
P.S. – expect a Drupal vs WordPress for photographers post soon. [Read more…]
In last week’s article, we went through a selection of the top Android photography apps for serious smartphone photographers to capture and edit photos.
In this article, I am going to go through a selection of the best Android photography apps that I have found useful for planning my photography.
A participant in one of my workshops asked me about taking a photo of their iPhone while using an off-camera flash. The main problem he had was that he couldn’t see the iPhone’s screen when using a flash.
So for this week’s article I am going to talk about dragging the shutter – or in layman’s term – how-to or why-to lower your shutter speed while using a flash. I will show different scenarios so you can better understand much how (and why/when) to do this. [Read more…]
It’s uber-awkward being in high school.
In 9th grade, I was a music kid and played in everything from pit orchestra to pep band.
High school marching band armed me with one mantra: heal toe, heal toe, heal toe, heal toe, roll your foot.
This mantra is basically a set of instructions to the “roll step”, which was paramount to marching band. It was our band director’s hope that we, as a bunch of awkward saxophone- and tuba-wielding 13 year-olds—in a costume that looked something like a bad rendition of the British uniform from the War of 1812 with a 3-foot tall faux-fur white hat (oh, I hope all pictures have been destroyed)—would glide past the audience come parade time.
This we did not do. More like we bobbled, uncomfortably.
But the “roll step” saying stuck with me, and to this day it works as a rule of thumb any time I’m walking with a camera, even with a MoVi. Yet, with it running constantly through my head, uneven terrain and any number of small obstacles can make good form and the right camera tool not quite enough.
For example, when trekking through the forest. [Read more…]
French photographer Philip Plisson shows the crazy conditions photographers sometimes have to battle to get a photograph of a storms.
This 5 minutes clip shows Philip going up in a helicopter to document the extreme weather conditions that hit French shores on February 13th.
The shoot was done by a team of three: Philip, an assistant and the pilot. And while the assistant and pilot are harbored inside the helicopter, Philip has both himself and his camera gear strapped to the open door for taking photos.
If you are curious about the photos you can watch the gallery (or order a print) here.