Speed Links for 6-6-2008

speedlinksIt’s been another great month here on DIYP and in my life in general. The At My Home contest is gaining momentum, if you did not submit until now, there is just a little over a week left. There was some great reading over the internet during this time. I’d love to share some of my favorite readings.

  • Introducing Your Little One to Photography
    Photodoto
    As a parent it is a great joy to share photography hobby with family and with your kids in particular. Photodoto shares some great advice on helping your little one see the joy of photography
  • Nude Controversy
    Dilvie
    Eric shared his motivation for shooting nude. An excellent post on nude photography and feminism
  • Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo
    Scientific American
    Did you ever get the photo of the guy standing on the twins with one of the jets behind him? In the days of Photoshop and other image manipulation software it is easy to fake a picture. Here are 5 ways to stop a fake.
  • 10 Travel Photography Quick Tips
    Boots n’ all
    We’ve all been there. The postcards look way better then our trip pictures. Here are 10 ways to mend this. Not enough? Zeke Kamm, the nice guy, has some more tips on How to Take Vacation Photos That Don’t Suck
  • Off-camera Flash Demo
    Bert Stephani
    Bert Stephani always has something good in store. Aside from shooting beautiful models, he gives great tips and videos. In this post he shoes great pictures taken with off camera flash. Also, make sure you don’t miss his latest video
  • Are photographers really a threat?
    The Guardian
    We are all aware if the latest trend to see photographers as terrorists. Bruce Schneier shares his view on the reason behind it. Bruce coins the movie-plot threat as term that describes the gear behind photographers. make sure you browse through the link in the beginning of the post. the amount of reported cases is staggering. This is exactly why you need to be aware of The Photographer’s Rights

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Related Links:
- Speed Links for 05-09-2008
- Speed Links for 4-20-2008
- Speed Links for 2-23-2008
- Speed Links for 12-20-2007
- Speed Links for 12-11-2007

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One Week In Two Weeks Left

At My Home Photo ContestJust a quick reminder to everyone that DIYP "At My Home" Photo Contest is running on the Flickr group.

In the first week of the contest, you have made 24 great submissions and the number of topics and techniques is almost as vast as the number of pictures submitted. You can view a slideshow of the images submitted here.

If you plan to make a submission and still don’t have a Flickr account you can get it here, and join the DIYP group here. I have noticed that new Flickr members takes a while to get update in the system and getting a flickr account now (even if submitting in two weeks) will verify that your entry is there for the final cut. Yep, it is the final cut in two week from today.

If you have questions, please add them as comments to this post.

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The Roller Aerial Monopod

DIYRoller Aerial Monopod - photography_aerial_monopod_18.jpgThe following tutorial on building an Ariel Monopod is a guest post by Adam Hajnos.

Recently I was carrying around my camera and tripod at a music festival when I got the idea to do an aerial shot. I extended the tripod out all the way and put the camera on a timer. Only problem is, my tripod weighs upwards of 50lbs. So here is a simple solution to make a lightweight, portable monopod for “aerial” photography.

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Studio DIY: Gel Holder for Flash

Flash Gel Holder Craig Colvin (Flickr) came up with a great design for a gel holder on a flash. The design includes an L shaped plexiglass.

Now, if you ever followed the strobist way of mounting gels on your flash, you know the great value those little pieces of colored tape can provide.

You probably also know that it can very annoying to apply the gel strips on the flash or to remove them. Not to mention stacking them together – this becomes a Velcro hell.

The nice design by Craig solves this problem by providing a Velcro free gel chassis. Sometimes you need nothing more than some bended plexiglass. See Craig’s full design and instructions here.

If you can not bend plexiglass yourself you may want to consider using an Acrylic stand. I could only find big ones but I know that there is a smaller version from my local coffee bar.

This got me thinking on alternatives to gel holders and the thing that popped to mind was name tag pockets. Those are pretty cheap and once you place on over your flash, you can freely insert and remove colorful gels.

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More Gels:
- Homemade Gridspot
- Painting With Light
- The Optimizer
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Even Better Softbox Part Two – The Test Results

Softbox Article Part One - The Build ProcessNick rocks again with a follow up on the Better Softbox – a comparison of softbox lining materials.

One of the questions asked in the comments when I built my first large softbox was “would a matte white finish on the interior give a more efficient output?” I had to admit, it had never crossed my mind to use anything other than aluminium foil as the lining material as I had just assumed this would be very efficient. After doing a bit of research on the internet I found a table with the following values listed for the reflective efficiency of various materials and finishes: [Read more...]

Even Better Softbox Part One – The Build Process

Softbox Article Part One - The Build ProcessAnybody who’s read this blog for a while knows that I am a big fan of Nick Wheeler. Not only he creates great imagery and photographs, but he also shares his setups, and creative process. If you did not visit his stream so far, you are in for a treat.

Last time Nick guest posted on DIYP, he showed how with a little time, two good hands and ingenuity you can create a professional grade softbox. But Nick was not happy and promised to return with a better design. And Nick is the kind of guy that keeps his word. Read on to see how Nick created an even better softbox (who would have thought this is possible) with interchanging lining and a truly genius flash holder.

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PRESSlite – The Two Way SpeedLite

presslite_00.jpgOk, this is something I have not seen before. With the big war on who has the bigger better accessorizeable speedlite diffuser there has been a ruling paradigm – bounce your flash to get softer results.

This has been the case with Stofen line of products (see the DIY versions: 1, 2) as well as with the Gary Fong diffusers family (DIYed this as well, though results are just OK with the DIY version).

If you are a Strobist fan, you are going to love this. Presslite just came up are about to release a new concept for flash modifications – Vertex.

They do not try to diffuse the flash, nor bounce it from the ceiling. Instead they try to break the flash power into two halves. This is done using two mirrors, each to control half of the flash output.

Now think of the options – you can bounce half of the flash from the ceiling or from the wall while you direct the other half to your subject. You can control the spread of light. And you can direct your flash anywhere you want to. Nice.

I guess that one question that has to be asked is how sturdy is the Vertex. By aiming it towards a press audience I would think that it needs to be strong to take the abuse pros give their speedlites.

Check out the 3D demo – it is hypnotizing.

- Vertex home
- Early orders

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