GoPro cameras are meant to take a beating. But accidents do happen and sometimes you can end up scratching or cracking the lens of a GoPro.
iPhones might not be the video camera choice of professionals, but if you want a quick behind-the-scenes video or prefer to pack light, the 4K capable iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are wonderful tools.
To improve the footage from the smartphones, two of the most simple things you can do are add external audio recording and a means of better stabilizing the footage (especially the 6s, since the 6s Plus comes with built-in image stabilization). And the best way to do that in one is to create a DIY rig.
They’re lightweight, cheap, and you’ve probably got a bunch of them lying around somewhere anyway – drink koozies are good for more than just keeping your beers cold.
The less mess you have on the desk, the easier it is to focus on the task at hand, be it organizing, editing or sharing your work. Between various hard drive options, memory card readers and other peripherals needed, it’s far too easy to amass a rat’s nest of cords.
To fix that, DSLR Video Shooter has shared an incredibly thorough DIY video on how to create the EH Mark I, a DIY editing hub out of a few memory card readers, a pair of hard drives and a custom enclosure.
By combining all of this together into a single enclosure, you end up with a single unit consisting of only two cords: a USB 3.0 cord to plug into your computer and a power cord to plug into the wall. [Read more…]
We all know that the devil is in the details, and sometimes what makes or breaks the final output, be it a video or still image, is the tiniest thing.
When it comes to movie or studio props, ancient maps and dusty old parchments are pretty common. What’s not as common, however, is this quick and easy technique to create realistic aged paper, brought to you by Lewis McGregor of Ugly McGregor.
DIY YouTube effects guru Shanks FX took this piece of trivia and used it to create an informative tutorial video showing how you can make your very own lightsaber using the same methods and materials the Star Wars special effects artists used. [Read more…]
In case our name didn’t tip you off, we love DIY projects. Even more so, we love when DIY projects turn out to be just as good, if not better than something you could buy off the shelf.
Thus, when we came across this DIY camera slider tutorial from YouTuber DIY Perks, we knew we had to share it with you, because it’s one of the most impressive DIY camera sliders we’ve ever seen.
The best part is, you can create your very own with included instructions and templates. [Read more…]
Jay P. Morgan and the Slanted Lens team whipped up this fun little tutorial on how to use a BB gun to (literally) shoot the bulbs, and shoot them with your camera as they explode. Morgan uses Miops brand triggers to help capture the bulb explode at just the right time, which he’ll talk more about in the video. He also does a walk through of his lighting setup, exposure setup, and how he made his in studio “shooting range” with safety in mind. [Read more…]
There are lots of reasons why you may need to take an overhead photo of a desk or table top and, depending on your setup, a tripod isn’t always the most helpful tool to get the job done. That’s why we have overhead camera stands, they make the task much less complicated. The team over at I Like To Make Stuff, thought so too, and decided to whip up this whole tutorial showing us how we can make an overhead stand ourselves, plus add some custom features to it like remote controlled LED lighting. [Read more…]
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Gannon Burgett is a photographer from Marion, Indiana. "Striving each day to make my dent in the universe"