Controllable Smoke Makes a Huge Cleaning Tab


A few days ago, Benjamin Von Wong (flickr) posted a photograph called rejection to his photostream. It was quite an extra ordinary piece of work in my mind.

There was a small bit of info in the captions that caught my eyes: “The Behind the Scenes is actually ready… Eva is just waiting for me to finish up the edits

I guess Eva is done waiting, because f-stoppers just posted the very cool behind the scenes on this one. [Read more...]

Weekend Project: Family Go Fish (With Your Family Pictures)

Go FishIs it cold and rainy where you are? I mean really cold and rainy. The kind that you don’t wanna go out of the house. Here is a project that is both fun to make and play with.

It is a family flavored go fish. If you have small kids they will love you for it, and for the great family time you are going to have playing with it.

My little one had the Chicken Pox last week. She’s all good now, but that was a week with almost all productivity coming to a halt, as taking care of a small kid who any wants to itch is a full time job. We did spend a considerable amount of time playing go fish. It is a card game with the goal of making four-of-a-kind-set. (The original game is played with a deck of poker playing cards, but they come with any subject imaginable).

Then My oh-so-clever daughter asked for a family go fish. Who am I to say no to a Chicken Pox stricken kid with a puppy eyes. [Read more...]

Use A PVC Pipe Lock For A More Robust PVC Studio

pvc pipe lockWhat did you built for you studio this weekend? A backdrop mount? A Light Stand? A ghetto glamor contraption?

A dolly….?

If you are one of those PVC dudes (no shame in it. I am a PVC dude), you’re bound to appreciate this little PVC trick that makes binding pipes a snap. (pun completely intended).

Flickr user mr-quad share a great way to make any PVC studio construction quick to setup and quick to tear down. [Read more...]

Create An Uber Cheap Car Rig For Out Of Car POV Photographs

driving car with camera car mountUK based photographer Ian Cornwell needed to take some pictures from the outside of a driving car for a an emergency plumbing service.

it sounds simple, till you factor in the low angle and wide lens. This makes sticking your head out the window and leaning over a really bad options.

It’s time for a car rig.

Instead of going for one of the high end car rigs, or even our DIYP’s poorman’s rig, Ian came up with a clever concept involving three pieces of gear: an industrial suction cup; a super clamp and a ball head. [Read more...]

Create Geometric Light Painting Spirographs

Create Geometric Light Painting ParabolasSpirals, I could talk for hours on end about what they are, their geometrical qualities, or the fact that earth will die without their existence.

But that would be long and boring. Instead, I am going to describe is how to make them. Photographically, that is.

If you thought that light painting is fun, wait to discover, light painting and geometry, it’s even more fun! [Read more...]

Making It Rain

Jay P. Morgan over at F-stoppers just posted a great video tut showing how to make rain. It is a lot simpler that what I thought. And all it takes is fan head sprayer (like the one from your back yard).

I checked on Amazon, they go as low as $7.30.

This 3:51 video is packed with lighting tips. Aside telling how to light rain, it discusses light placement, modifiers motivation and ambient control. All with examples. For me it just felt like a workshop squeezed into half a coffee break.

RSS folks, click here to watch the video.

J. P. Morgan‘s How To Make A Rain Machine For Video Or Stills via fstoppers. [Read more...]