DJs Use MIDI Controlled Cameras For In-show Video Stream

Radio controlled camera vehicles are becoming quite common. We’ve seen them used for time-lapse, mounted on RC helicopters and even on RC planes.

What I have yet to see is a full array of cameras controlled by a midi keyboard.

Maker Josh Cardenas teamed up with turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to bring the hidden mastery of cutting and spinning into front row. Using no less than 9 CCD security cams, a custom track, some RC servos and an over head rig suspended with the lighting equipment, Josh was able to share those intimate quiet moments at the DJs table.

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Super Easy DIY Rechargeable Battery Power Pack For Event Photographers

DIY Power Pack for strobesA few days ago I met Ron Uriel (hebrew site) at an event he was shooting. Aside from the camera and on camera flash (got forbid) he was also carrying a small impact flash on a light stand, taking it along and using it as on the go bounce flash. The beauty of the thing was that the flash was not attached to any power outlet, but sustained using a DIY battery pack.

I asked Ron to share how he made it, and he luckily for DIYP he agreed.

When it comes to on-location photography, I tend to KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart). This means that I prefer carrying the minimal amount of gear and focus on photography rather than on set up and tear down. That is where my quest for portable lights began. [Read more…]

Everything You Wanted To Know…

OK, I’m busted, it’s not everything you wanted to know. But…

Everything You Wanted To Know...

There are a few topics that come back and again to DIYP and each post that deals with any of them is super popular. With more than five years of posting on Light Painting, Shaped Bokeh and obscure ways to get your camera high (pun intended), I thought it would be a good service to create resource pages about those topics.

Consider those pages your entry ticket to each of the topics.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Light Painting, where we discuss the magic science / art of light painting with lots of vivid examples and a broad overview of tools, techniques and light painting hacks.

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Magical Shaped Bokeh, where we show how much fun this simple technique can be. starting with the super simple card and scissors hack and moving up to more advanced and creative ways of using shaped bokeh.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Your Camera High (Aerial Photography). If you ever wanted to get your camera high in the air, this resource page will provide all the options to doing so. Hopefully You’ll get it back once it lands. [Read more…]

Everything You Wanted To Know About Light Painting

If you love photography and you love painting, imagine how much you would love light painting.

It is called painting with light because this is what you are actually doing while taking the shot – painting with light. Aside from being darn beautiful form of photography, it is also a pretty darn cool to spend an evening or a night.

Use Light Stencils To Create Amazing Light Paintings

The requirements are very minimal you would need a camera that you can set on long exposure, a tripod and some light, light a flash light, matches or one of the oh-so-cool gadgets I’ll share below.

If you want to get the general idea, a great place to do it is here, and if you want the jump start treatment, you can get it here.

The last thing you will need is tools, we will cover tool in a little while, but if you want to get a feel for the variety of things you can do check out this post. [Read more…]

Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Your Camera High (Aerial Photography)

Getting your camera up in the air is not a trivial thing. Not trivial, yet lots of fun. The photographs captured via this unique vantage point are rare and provide a unique view on otherwise regular landscape. A quick look at Vincent Laforet aerial photography or Charles ‘Cris’ Benton Gallery easily demonstrates the potential in such images.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Getting Your Camera High (Aerial Photography)

But How do you get the camera so high? I think this is the main issue with Aerial Photography. Let’s explore some inexpensive ways (and some very expensive ways) to get that done. [Read more…]

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Magical Shaped Bokeh

Shaped Bokeh is that magical thing that happens when you place a hole in-front of a lens. Then every shiny dot turns from this to that.

Regular and Shaped Bokeh

The word Bokeh comes from a Japanese word and for a lack of better translation we can refer to it as blur. In photography bokeh refers to the quality of blur in the unfocused background, and in this tutorial, Shaped Bokeh refers to a mysterious quality that happens when you place a non circular hole as a new lens filter. If you want to see some great examples you can check here and here. [Read more…]

On Assignment – Super Fast Session For Super Fast Video Editing

Magisto CEOs, Oren Boiman and Alex Rav-AchaMagisto is one of them cool companies who have an idea that is very simple on one hand, yet quite complex on the other.

They promise to eat your videos (600 Megabytes at a time) and spit out a refined one minute of awesome, fine edited video that cuts in the good stuff and leaves out all the boring stuff.

So the premise is simple, give us your videos, we’ll give you something worth sharing.

So yesterday late evening I got a call asking if I could take a CEO portrait of Oren Boiman and Alex Rav-Acha the co-founders of Magisto. I go “Sure!”

And we need them by tomorrow 10 AM so the local press can use them. “Sure!”

But you can only start shooting at 9. <pause>… OK.

Oh, and we want to have a grungy feeling, so please take it in a car shop or something. <longer pause>…

And we also need head shots! [Read more…]

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…]