Have you ever scanned film negatives on your own? If so, you know it can be a time-consuming process. To help make sure you don’t waste time scanning unwanted negatives, YouTuber Adam of Ekenstam has shared a clever way to preview your negatives using an iPad. [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…]
Cancel your weekend plans, we’ve got an Iris Lamp to build! The awesome DIY tutorial comes to us courtesy of Jonathan Odom, a full time designer and maker over at the Instructables Design Studio. Odom’s portfolio of builds is pretty incredible, but this aperture inspired wall lamp really grabbed our attention. (Kinda reminds me of the Aperture Ring Box we featured not too long ago!)
Odom says the design for his Iris Lamp is somewhat of a spin on a similar lamp he made (which you can check out here). For both designs, he says he was inspired by the notion of “mechanical movement in design that’s typically static.”
The light is powered on and off simply by rotating the outer wood ring, which also opens and closes the aperture iris. [Read more…]
California based educator and DIY maker, Matt Chalker, really, really loves his girlfriend. That’s why when he decided to propose to her, he wanted to make something extra special. And that he did. Chalker spent about 60 hours building one of the coolest engagement ring boxes I’ve ever seen.
Chalker’s girlfriend, a wedding and portrait photographer, is pretty passionate about her craft. He wanted to incorporate that into his proposal and came up with the idea to make a ring box which revealed the engagement ring via working aperture blades. It’s truly something beautiful! [Read more…]
The Focal Camera project is looking to make the art of building a DIY camera accessible to masses, and their open source catalog of templates and instructions is making it happen. The modular system works much like the way Legos work–meaning the individual components of a camera are each made separately and can be used together in a variety of ways. [Read more…]
It’s been my experience that I enjoy working with things more when I create them myself. And, for the sake of argument, we’ll say you feel the same way, too. Which is why I can only imaging that you would enjoy photography that much more if you crafted your own gear.
Instructables user bertwert has been looking for an excuse to break out the duct tape and incorporate it into photography in a manner that didn’t result in the Mounties being called. Using a toilet paper roll, some old glass, and a little measuring, he was able to construct a usable homemade camera lens that yielded some hauntingly beautiful results.
Who doesn’t love a good hack? Kai is here to share a handful of some of his favorite hacks as he shows you how easier ways to transport your tripod, create bokeh kits without having to cut tiny shapes out of paper, and support your camera without a tripod, along with a few other tricks. Some of the hacks have been around for a while, and some of them the majority of you will never find the need to try–but, with Kai’s dashing sense of humor, even if you will never try one of the hacks, you’ll at least have a good laugh while you’re learning about them.
Here you go:
If you’ve never heard of the method being used before, attaching your camera to a kite may sound kind of sketchy at first, but the aerial photography technique has actually been around since the late 1800’s. In 1912, a french inventor by the name of Pierre Picavet invented the Picavet suspension, which allowed photographers to mount cameras to balloons and kites while providing leveling to the camera as it flew through the air.
Though the art of kite aerial photography has mostly gone to the wayside, there’s still a devoted group of enthusiasts out there that are keeping the hobby alive. Once of them being YouTube user, QueDecree. In the video clip below, the Australian kite aerial photographer shows you how to get your kite and camera up in the air, and also shares some pointers on assembling the rig. [Read more…]
There is absolutely nothing that says you have to stop playing with paper and scissors when you become an adult. I mean, heck, you can now legally buy your own scissors, so why not!
Adriana Napolitano is pretty much the Edward Scissorhands of set design. “I started to create sets for stop motion videos,” she says. “I always loved to create stuff with my hands. I think it’s a family thing.” But, regardless of her genetic predisposition, Adriana truly has a natural talent for creative flare. So, when her boyfriend, who is a photographer, started teaching her more about lighting and how to best capture her projects, she set about developing a portraits series with elaborate props and costumes – all made out of paper.