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.

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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.

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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...]

Are You Brave Enough To IR-ize Your Camera?

While it is pretty common to use Infra Red (IR) filters for IR photography, there is yet another, braver and non-reversible way to do it – remove the IR filter that’s placed in front of the CCD.

Are You Brave Enough To IR-ize Your Camera?

The reason for removing the internal IR filter rather than using an IR lens filter, is that you get way (WAAAY) more infra red light to hit the sensor. On the down side, you will be doing a non-reversible, non-refundable, warranty-voiding surgery on your camera. So: A – you must really love infrared photography and B – you do this at your own risk. If you kill your $28 camera don’t come crying, you knew this was an option. [Read more...]

Build A Bluetooth GPS Unit For Nikon Cameras

From the first time I saw the power in geotagging images I was immediately hooked. My Nikon D90 is capable of geotagging, but, unlike the S100 (for example) it has no internal GPS and requires the somewhat pricy GP-1 GPS Unit. I set out to make a better cheaper solution.

I started by doing a lot of research on this topic and it turns out that there is a fairly simple way to connect a receiver to a Nikon camera. Simple, if you don’t mind a bit of makering :)

Build A Bluetooth GPS Unit For Nikon

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