Strobist Corner: Mount Your Hot Shoe Strobe On Big Modifiers

threeringsPhotographer Paulo Rodrigues (Flickr) gave a nice tip on the DIYP Flickr pool.

Problem: I have a ton of modifiers that I attach to my studio monoblocks using speedrings, I can’t get them to work with my hot shoe strobes. This becomes an issue if you are using both hot shoe flashes and monoblocks. Modifiers usually get mounted on a speedring to allow them to attach to a monoblock. Whereas “hot shoe” based modifiers usually use a strap or some clipping device to attach to a speedlight. [Read more...]

Extruding Light Painting Out Of iPads

Extruding Light Painting Out Of iPadsThe Dentsu London agency and Berg design consultancy came up with one of the most mind-blowing light painting movies I’ve seen.

A very simple recipe: Get a bunch of iPads and 3D software. CAT scan (or salami) each of the objects that you want to light paint in the frame. Repeat for every frame to get stop motion animation. Kinda hard to explain in text, instantly figured once seen in the video.

The result is very impressive, innovative and definitely worth the 5:30 minutes the video will take of your debugging/excelling/meeting time.

Rss readers, you may want to click through to see the video (or watch it directly here)

[Via the always excellent @jimgoldstein] [Read more...]

DIY PVC Table/Skater Dolly For Video Photography

DIY PVC Table/Skater Dolly For Video PhotographyIf you’ve been following some of the video tutorials we’ve had here at DIYP, you probably noticed the skateboard dolly that was featured here a few weeks back.

Photographer and videographer Martin Taylor shows us how to build a much fancier dolly which is partially based on a skateboard. This dolly however, is smaller (will fit on table), has a head mount that can support an SLR and can be set to move in circles. It’s all Martin from here. [Read more...]

Shoot 3D with a Single Camera and Lens

Shoot 3D with a Single Camera and LensIn the past we covered some nifty ways to create 3D images with a single camera. Or even with two cameras. However, there was always a need to take two images, one for the left eye and one for the right eye.

So either you used two cameras (great for video, though not very cheap) or took two images (great for stills and way cheaper).

Instructables user courtervideo created a plexiglass based system for taking the two images using one camera. [Read more...]

Amazing Light Camera Crane Build Video

Amazing Light Camera Crane Build VideoThe following film by photographer Martin Roberts shows the construction of an aluminum and bearing based camera crane (similar to some designs we have featured before). The crane is used to extend the reach of the photographer both in height and in length.

The crane is very light weight (5.3kg to gain 2.65m worth of reach) supporting a Canon 550D and lens (about 1 Kilo), it is also easy to setup and tear down location.

Here is how Robert describes it: [Read more...]

Poll: My Next Gear Purchase Will Be …

beer anyone?On our last poll, we asked a general (yet hard) question – what would you need to do in order to improve your photography.

There are some great responses there and thanks for everyone who opened up and answered this not-so-easy-to-expose question.

Our of that question a few main groups were identified

1. I need more time

2. I need better skills

3. I need better equipment

I have and will tackle all those issues on the blog, however this time I would like to focus on the third item – Gear.

This poll has a simple question – What is the next piece of gear on your shopping list, and I am not talking fantasy list here, I am talking about items that you can actually afford to buy and plan on using in the short term period.

It may be an item at the core of photography – a camera or a lens; A lighting aid like a strobe, flash or modifier, or something completely peripheral like a new computer or a new piece of software. Props, Straps, place, really anything that you feel will give you that push.

While you can form the answers in any way you’d like see if you can answer those two questions: what is the exact item (bad: a new lens / good: a Nikkor 85mm 1.8 lens) and how it will help your photography. Please be as specific as you can.

I’ll go first: I am planning on getting a set of pocket wizards. I have had enough of misfires from my cheapo RF slaves and I feel that the price is worth removing the hustle annoyance and embarrassment of having the flash not pop when I need it too.

(If you are reading this via RSS, you may want to click through to read/share your thoughts) [(cc) Image credit fensterbme] [Read more...]

Control Your Flash Settings With a TV Remote Control

Control Your Flash Settings With a TV Remote ControlControlling your strobe from a distance has always been a priority for off camera flash photographers. If TTL works for you, you can extend your TTL cable quite a bit using a simple Cat5e hack.

But what if you could do this remotely. and I mean skipping the whole walking to the flash and adjusting it bit. (Or asking your assistant to do so, assuming you have an assistant). Up until now remote controlling your strobe like this was a benefit saved for Profoto Air Remote ($325 remote only) and profoto heads, or Radio Popper Jrx owners (Strobist review here).

Now this very exciting feature is available for the oh so cheap YN460 manual flash ($69 + about $10 in remote parts) – read the howto after the jump. [Read more...]

DIY FlashBender

DIY Flash BendersIn this post reader Bob Jordan walks us through a DIY one-piece, strobe modifier, which is kinda like a FlashBender. Which in turn kinda remind me of the Honl system (which also has a Honl DIY version).

I am a big fan of the Honl speed strap system and have been using it along with my DIY straps and other additions for a long time. The high control along with the very light weight serve as an excellent on the go modifier system. While I have never tried the Bender, it looks like a worthy alternative. <switching to Jondan> [Read more...]