You Can’t Break A Window Without Making Some Glass

You Can't Break A Window Without Making Some GlassWasn’t really sure how to tag this one as far as site categories go. Ended up going in to inspiration.

It is a short flick by J. P. Morgan explaining on how to make Breakaway Glass. Breakaway glass is the glass used when you see things break in a movie, like a person going through a show window or that oh-so-common whine bottle on the head shot.

Turns out it takes very little to produce breakaway glass. The film and recipe after the jump. [Read more...]

Father’s Day Special: Create Photography Accessories Holster From Gaffers Tape

Father's Day Special: Create Photography Accessories Holster From Gaffers TapeHere is a project perfect for father’s day.

I know how everybody loves a good duct tape wallet. But come on… We are photographers. Duct tape? Not in this class. We use the real thing – Gaffers Tape. And we use it wisely – to child-proof light stands, to make them invisible and to make lighting modifiers.

It would only make sense that a present for the one who raised you so well would be made from original photographic Gaffers tape.

[Read more...]

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5The C-loop, R-Strap and Sun Sniper are three systems designed to change the way you carry your camera around.

They all share a similar idea – the strap goes inside the tripod screw. Of course, this probably makes the camera designers pull their hairs as they invested so much time in making those little two ‘ears’ that the normal strap goes on.

Anyhow, using a system like the C-Loop really changes the way you carry your camera around – something we have discussed before – it is way more comfortable that any “regular” strap.

In this tutorial Cameron Texter will show you how to make a DIY C-Loop for your camera. (warning, this is for a point and shoot, not sure I would trust this DIY with my Nikon D300 + the 24-70 2.8) [Read more...]

One More Week To Win A Strobe And Softbox Set From B&H

Win A Strobe And Sotbox Set By Building A Softbox

Heya all, this is your friendly reminder that you have one more week left to build your softbox. That is, of course, if you plan on winning a  Westcott Apollo Speedlight set with a Nikon SB700 / Canon 430EX II strobe at your choice. Courtesy of the good guys at B&H.

For full rules and outline click here, for inspiration hit the jump for the most awesome yet wrongly color-balanced DIY softbox video ever. [Read more...]

Give People An Aura Using Light Painting

Méditation...See that nice aura on the picture to the left? No… it was not taken using the new generation of psychic point and shoot, not is it the result of using high def video capture.

This image was made using long exposure light paint and a simple accessory. (If you have no clue what light painting is, click here for DIYP’s entire folder of  light painting tutorials)

In this short and sweet tutorial, Renard Nicolas is going to explain how to achieve this effect. [Read more...]

Build A Semi-Anamorphic 35mm Pinhole Camera

Build A Semi-Anamorphic 35mm Pinhole CameraAn Amamorfic Camera provides a clever method of using the 35mm film to capture non standard aspect ratio photographs.

The short version is that the pinhole on that camera is not perpendicular to the film for the long version [OpenGeekWindow] You know this problem all to well from digital point and shoots. The aspect ratio on a regular point&shoot is 3:4 and the standard for printing pictures is 2:3, so you have to ask your printer (hey, anyone here still prints?) to leave white stripes at the edges of the picture. [Read more...]

Creating a Big Bare Bulb Flash From An IKEA Regolit Lamp

Creating a Big Bare Bulb Flash From An IKEA Regolit LampIf you love IKEA for their cheap furniture, you’d probably love them even more after discovering the huge possibilities they provide for creating lighting modifiers. (Beauty Dish, Ring Light and even a DSLR shoulder rig are some of the projects we covered so far).

In this project Andy Kubbat takes us through the process of building an overhead bare bulb light fixture using a strobe and an IKEA Regolit Floor Lamp priced at $49.99. [Read more...]

Dancer – A Shoot Anatomy

LironIt is not a big secret that dancers are one of my favorite subject matter. I was just so lucky to have the opportunity to shoot Liron Kichli, one of Israel’s dance scene rising stars a few Saturdays ago.

It is my believe that when working with such a talent as Liron, preparation can have a tremendous impact, so it is a good idea to have a detailed plan before meeting on location and watching her doing stretches.

On this post, I am going to cover some of the aspects and planning you should consider practicing in order to have a great and successful shooting day, from equipment, through location and flower. [Read more...]

Creating High Speed Movies With “Regular” DSLRs

Creating High Speed Movies With "Regular" DSLRsCatching a bullet in mid air is pretty impressive. There are some high end techniques you can use to make that possible starting from the relatively cheaper photogate kits, all the way up to air gap strobes. But I don’t think I have ever seen a movie made from cutting together a sequence of high speed butter shots.

“Smarter Every Day” Destin did just that, he used the repetitive pattern of a bullet shot from a fixed gun to take a series of pictures with increasing shot-to-picture delay. The result is a series of pictures that when put together create a moving bullet movie.

(and if that was not enough for you, check the matches trick at 2:54). Movie after the jump. [Read more...]

YASBT – Yet Another Shaped Bokeh Tutorial

If you wanna freshen up on the shaped bokeh technique, Makezine has an thorough  video tutorial covered by a text article that you can follow through off-line. DIYP has a kit that takes the work out, but it always amazes me how quickly you can make one of those to win a another effect in your box o’ tricks.

If you are still having questions after watching the vid, (yea, you never know just how big that hole should be….) there are some great tips on the Removing The Mystery From The Heart Shaped Bokeh tutorial.


[Read more...]