Create Your Own Planets for Indoor Astrophotography

Have you ever wanted to photograph the planets or create a video in space, just to realize that unless you score a job at NASA (or get a D810A) your dream won’t become a reality?

If you have, then Petri Dish Planets is exactly what you’re looking for.

Watch this tutorial to learn how you can make your own planets, using household items like milk, dish soap and food coloring.

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DIY GoPro Stablizer That’s Light Enough To Use All Day Long

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Carrying around heavy equipment all day can really take the fun out of being a photographer. Sure, there’s good quality, lightweight gear on the market, but such pieces typically make one’s wallet a whole lot lighter, too. That’s why the chief product designer behind ProductTank took it upon himself to whip up this awesome, lightweight, and inexpensive stabilizer that’s perfectly suited to keep you and your GoPro shooting all day long. [Read more...]

How To Create A Turntable For 360 Degree Product Photography In 5 Minutes And $15

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If you’re into product photography, you know what a great impact a 360 degree image can have. It will instantly upgrade any website and is an excellent addition to the services you can offer your clients.

In this tutorial, originally posted by Vladimir Matiyasevich, you will learn how to build a steady 360 degree turntable and a mini studio in 5 minutes. Assuming you already own a set of speed lights, studio flashes or desk lamps, this project should cost you approximately $15 and a trip to the nearest IKEA store.

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Use This Quick Fog Machine Hack For Perfect Low Hanging Fog To Use On Your Photo Set

 

fog machine hack1 (1)Fog machines are super useful and lots of fun to keep around the studio. They are perfect for creating smokey or foggy atmospheric photos just about anywhere. In the latest DIY hack from Ryan Connolly at FilmRiot, he shows you a quick little hack to get your everyday fog machine to produce epic, thick, low hanging fog. There are a lot of uses for this type of fog and Connolly shares several of them with you in the clip.

As far as the hack goes, you’ll need a knife, styrofoam cooler, PVC pipe about 2-foot long (sized to fit your fog machine),  fog machine, fog machine liquid, and a chunk of dry ice. [Read more...]

How To Make A DIY Square LED Ring Light

build a ledsquare RinglightHere’s a quick and easy DIY build you can use to spice up your collection of studio lighting. Kevin Kubota walks us through the process in the 12 minute CreativeLive session, below. He uses four of these 4′ LED strip lights he found at Lowes for $34 each, so this isn’t exactly a cheap only-need-stuff-you-already-own kind of build, but I imagine if you looked around a bit, you could source some less expensive lights. With that being said, however, Kubota prefers the more expensive LED lights of florescent lights for a few reasons. Primarily, that they are much more durable than florescent; also that they draw very little power, making them ideal to use on location with his AlienBees portable power pack.  [Read more...]

20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year

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It has been a year since I started writing for DIYP and it has been a wonderful experience sharing works and tutorials to the world, including getting to read comments (and the occasional troll which gives me a laugh from time to time) and for this one year anniversary post, I want to run down and make one blog about my personal and favorite tutorials.

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Holga Goes Digital Thanks To A Raspberry Pi And Pete Taylor’s Awesome DIY ASCII Art Hack

holg120d-frontPete Taylor’s Holga isn’t your ordinary Holga. It isn’t even your ordinary hacked Holga. In fact, you might say that Taylor’s Holga is one of the most unusual modifications you’ve seen done to one of the notoriously hacakble cameras. It started out innocently enough…

Taylor gutted an old, broken Holga to make room inside for a Raspberry Pi, which effectively turned the once medium format film camera into a digital model. To do this, he had to remove not just the guts of the Holga, but also the lens to accommodate the built-in lens on the Raspberry Pi’s computer board. He then added a wireless USB adapter. This allows him to have his 120d automatically upload the photos he takes to his blog. He also added a 49mm adapter on the lens to accept various filters, in addition to a 3.5mm camera trigger socket, a LED indicator which glows in the viewfinder when a photo is being taken, and a rotary switch that allows him to choose between photo, video, or program mode. It’s unarguably a pretty legit hack. [Read more...]

Brooke Shaden Explains How To Light Portraits With Nothing But A House Lamp

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Brooke Shaden is the kind of inventive photographer who prefers to do-it-herself rather than spends wheelbarrows of money on expensive studio lighting and modifiers. Instead, Shaden challenges us to get creative with what resources we have available to us. In this case, it was one or two basic house lamps from Ikea. (And if you really want to get elaborate with your set up, she also explains how to use a tissue to diffuse the light from the lamps.) [Read more...]

Special Optics Allow Us (And Our Cameras) To See Air Flow With The Naked Eye

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This is pretty awesome. Scientists at Harvard Science Demonstrations put out a video earlier this year that let’s us see air moving with our naked eye. The team assembled some Schlieren optics (which we’ve talked about before) by reflecting a light source from a concave mirror onto a razor blade. The optics are setup in front of a camera to record as they demonstrate the process with a hair dryer, an air filled helium balloon, and a big glass full of sulfur hexafluoride gas. You can get a preview of the setup in the image above, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect, especially if you’re not familiar with Schlieren.  [Read more...]