Faking an ND Filter for Long Exposure Photography

So, I’ve had this idea bouncing around in my head for a bit, and figured it might help me to get off my ass and actually try it out if I described my thought process.

Long Exposure - Shanklin
Long Exposure – Shanklin by Richard ‘Tenspeed’ Heaven, (cc-by), 5 sec  f/32 ISO 100

I’ve been wanting to get some ND filters to experiment with daytime long exposures for a while now. The problem is that I’m lazy. So when I say “for a while now”, I really mean that it’s been like 3 years.

I had previously written about using median stacks to remove noise from an image, as an easy way to remove non-static objects from a scene, and to create interesting artwork. It’s those last two things that got me thinking… [Read more…]

Apparently 70-200mm Lenses Are *Not* Built Like Tanks – Actually Tend To Break More

Every once in a while Roger Cicala of LensRentals.com publishes their repair data. Being a fairly big rental house, it is quite interesting to look at his observations.

Rental houses are usually a pretty good source of data as far as how items take abuse since rented gear goes through more abuse than owned gear. That said, Roger has an eloquent non inflammatory way of describing the data making dry and sharp observations.

Apparently 70-200Mm Lenses Are *Not* Built Like Tanks - Actually Tend To Break More

On their last report, LR shares that the 70-200mm lenses that they rent out need servicing more that other lenses. And they take up 4 of the top 16 places in LR’s most serviced lenses chart. Starting with the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II @7th place with an average of 39 weeks, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @9th place, Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8 IS II @13th and Sony 70-200 f/2.8 @ 16th. [Read more…]

How To Correct The Green Cast From A 10 Stops Neutral Density Welding Glass Filter

One of my all-time long exposure photographers is Australian photographer Alex Wise. (not sure if you can say “long exposure photographer”, but I just did.

He usually shoots with uber-strong-high-end B+W 110 or Hoya ND400 ND filters, but recently he took a 10 stops welding glass (around $10 on Amazon) and swapped his high-end glass for cheap working-level welding glass.

How To Correct The Green Cast From A 10 Stops Neutral Density Welding Glass Filter

Unsurprisingly results were pretty good, and Alex shares a few tips on shooting a daytime exposure with those filters and how to correctly post process them.

This basic video shows how easy it is to correct for the notorious green cast. [Read more…]

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Photographer Jesse David Mcgrady shares an awesome tip for creating hazy and mystical photos in camera using a simple ingredient you probably have right next to you.

Pro-Tip: Make Cool Hazy/Light Leak/Mystical Photos With A Sandwich Baggie And A Colored Marker

Photographing someone or somewhere kinda boring or plain? Want to punch it up with some cool vintagey or light leak lens effects without sacrificing quality of the over all image or using photoshop? Then try this: [Read more…]

Use Lego To Keep Your Lens Cap Safe

If someone made a survey and checked to see what is the one piece of equipment you loose most, I am willing to place dollars for pennies that the answer would be lens caps. Those things just keep getting lost. I guess this why you have so many lens cap holders solutions out there.

Here is a nice idea by Flickr user RawSniper1 that uses nothing but 2 pieces of Lego, has a really shallow footprint and will save your cap.

Use Lego To Keep Your Lens Cap Safe

It is probably one of those super simple ideas that make you smack your head and say how come I did not think about it before.

You would need a drill, some glue and a bit of wire to make this, but it is totally worth it if just for the innovation of using Lego in your process.

P.S. if you want something a bit more fancy, you can check Benny Johansson’s lens cap holder which is probably the cutest lens cap holder in the world.

[Lego Gear on Flickr] [Read more…]

Can Bokeh Be Used for Watermarking Videos?

I got an interesting mail from Alaa Abi Haidar (facebook) today, it tell a short story of a stolen footage and suggests an interesting solution on watermarking videos using shaped bokeh.

Can Bokeh Be Used for Watermarking Videos?

Here is the story:

“The clip below was an experimental attempt to automatically watermark clips and stills after one of my fashion clips was edited and broadcasted by one of the commercial regional TV channels in France without my consent and without any credit.

In fact the credit was cut off the original clip. However, for the time being, I prefer not to disclose any information about the TV and the people involved in the process.

[Read more…]

Smart Device For Photographing Rolling Shaped Bokeh

We’ve featured a fair share of videos using shaped bokeh, but it is always about the discs that makes the shapes. We never actually taken about how to get the lights that make the bokeh thing right. And for the most of it, it’s pretty simple. Just point your camera at a distant street / tree top / sparkling water / night car lights and you’re good.

Smart Device For Photographing Rolling Shaped Bokeh

Well, here is something different. A clever technique for creating moving dots of lights that are not driving cars. LIGHTS’s “Timing Is Everything” features a moving bokeh done by wrapping LEDs on a giant barrel like device and spinning it while shooting. Pretty clever if you ask me. (video and BTS after the jump) [Read more…]

Converting A Pentax K10D To IR Photography

Converting A Pentax K10D To IR Photography

A few days ago we had a tutorial showing how to crack open and IR-ize a Cheapo $28 Canon point and shoot. Today we are upping the stakes doing a similar operation on a Pentax K10D. This installment is more of a story told by Jerry Biehler than a micro-step-by-micro-step tutorial I hope it will inspire you to try new stuff. Of course, you are still running the risk of nuking your camera, and you will definitely void the warranty (if for some weird reason you still have a warranty on your K10D), so know the risk before you get to work. [Read more…]