Using An Orbis For Video Light

Orbis Ring Flash LED DIY mount.If you love that light quality that ring flash gives, you may own an Orbis or a DIY ring flash kit.

If you wanted to get the same effect for video you’d usually have to build one out of CFL bulbs or LEDs. It makes sense since the socket on most strobe oriented ring flashes fits a strobe (DUH!).


But if you just need it for  as light fill and not as a main video light, there is a way you can use those modifiers for video. [Read more...]

Giving Away An Awesome ONA Union Street Camera Bag

Giving Away An Awesome ONA Union Street Camera BagUPDATE: the giveaway is now over, scroll over to the end of the post to see who won the bag

ONA, a camera bag maker who focuses on camera bags that look good is giving away an awesome, awesome Union Street Camera Bag.

Aside from storing your camera, three lenses (or if you are me, one lens and two strobes), and a laptop, the Union Street also give you a trendy feeling when you carry your stuff.

The bag is priced at $279, and you can pick a color out of the three available ones.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is answer one simple question: [Read more...]

Introduction to Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

Introduction to Kite Aerial PhotographyKite Aerial Photography (KAP) is something that has appealed to me for some time, and earlier this year I decided to build a KAP rig, buy a kite, and take some photos from up in the air.

Recently I posted my first KAP photos, and will be posting more in the future.

I intend to write post more information about my experiences with KAP over the coming months, but thought I would start off with a post describing what KAP is all about, and the equipment that is typically used. [Read more...]

Camera Stabilizer On A Shoe String Budget

This is one of the more clever tricks I saw, and despite it being old, it is still great.

The premise is that you can make a device that will give you about two more stops of steady exposure at almost no cost, using a bolt and a piece of string.

The video explaining this device is below and a more sophisticated version showing how to use more string and/or a door knob is on instructables.

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Hey Westcott, Here’s a Great Way To Tilt The Apollo

Hey Westcott, Here's a Great Way To Tilt The ApolloThe Westcott Apollo is one of my favorite light modifiers. You’ve seen it featured a ton of times on DIYP. It’s one of the more bought items on the Gear Guide, and we like it so much that we even gave one away a while back.

If you wanna see it in action, check out how Benjamin Von Wong pushed it to the edge with fireworks (or a more traditional shoot by Zack Arias).

Anyhow, the unique softbox-like light with the umbrella ease and strobe-friendliness makes it a great tool to have in your on location lighting box (or bass case).

There is only one small thing which is not perfect about the Apollos, they don’t tilt. Really. If you are shooting with an Apollo on a light stand, you are pretty much limited to having the box point forward or sideways. It is not trivial to have it look 45 degrees down.

Basically, the Apollo gives you two options: Great light, with the strobe very close to the back screen, and almost no tilt. OR, you move the strobe closer to the shaft base (the zipper on the bottom of the Apollo allows this) to tilt, but then you risk hot spots. [Read more...]

Use A Toilet Flange For Elevated Video While Kayaking

Use A Toilet Flange For Elevated Video While KayakingIf you ever went Kayaking, you know how hard it is to get a good shot or a video of the trip. You can always hand hold the camera, but it would be very hard to stabilize and will of course take one hand away from the paddle.

One of the high end ways to overcome this lack of free hand is to use a GoPro Helmet Hero, but this will set you back 300$.

Another more frugal way is to use a toilet flange as photographer and kayak paddler Jeremy Richter explains in the post below. [Read more...]

Fully Automated Lego Pinhole Camera

Fully Automated Lego Pinhole CameraWe’ve our share of Lego cameras before, but I think this is the first time DIYP features a fully automated Lego made pinhole camera.

Lego Enthusiast Bshikin build a camera from Lego parts and added quite a bit of automation using Lego Mindstorms (Lego for building machines). And the code is available via Google Code.

The Camera features include automated exposure meter, automated shutter and mechanical film advance. The Pretty nifty for a few Lego bricks.

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Five Tips On Balancing Photography And Family Trips

Five Tips On Balancing Photography And Family TripsHave you ever gone on a family trip expecting to take great pictures only to discover that the camera either stayed in the bag or that you’ll be sleeping outside the tent with the bears?

Or let me put this differently when you are a photographer going on a trip with the family can be a super cool experience. It can also be a nerve wrecking adventure both for you and your family if not handled correctly.

Here is what I have learned after years of traveling with both my family and my camera. Would love to hear your tips on the comments. [Read more...]

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...]