Holiday season is (finally) here. For photographers, this means lots of bokeh and glittering, Christmassy photos. But most of us are left strapped for cash after buying all the holiday gifts. Still, the budget doesn’t have to stand in the way of your creativity. As a matter of fact, it can even boost it. In this video, you’ll see how, with some good will and a couple of cheap props, you can create a DIY Star filter for your camera.
I’m an impatient person. I’m also very singularly-minded, so when I get an idea in my head, everything else gets put on hold while I’m pursuing it (and, often making a mess in the process).
I needed some artificial ice cubes for a few personal photo projects, but I didn’t want to have to buy any or be arsed to wait for them to arrive in the mail. So, I decided to make my own, adapting a great tutorial by Kyle May.
A set of color gels are incredibly useful to have around any studio whether you are a still photographer or a filmmaker. They aren’t even that expensive. You can pick up a set of 24 Lee gel filters online for under $40. Definitely worth the investment, BUT if you get caught without a set or just like the challenge and sense of accomplishment of a DIY project, you are going to want to take a peek at this short video from film maker, Ryan Connolly, as he shows us how we can replicate the look of a color gel using nothing more than a light source and a bath towel.
Tis’ the season for best-of lists and resolutions for next year. With that in mind, I thought I’d share the Top 3 DIY Photography Projects that I have planned for 2014.