Have you ever noticed how a person’s ears sometimes glow in portraits when they are backlit? Because ears are more transparent than the rest of our bodies, they tend to catch and diffuse any light that is shining through them, kinda like the way a softbox works. To that end, you can imagine how silly it would look if the subject of a portrait had two tiny, glowing softboxes on each side of their head. You can see why glowing ears just aren’t that desirable in portraits. If you’ve ever spent time in Photoshop trying to fix it, you’ll be grateful for this little tips from professional photographer, Glyn Dewis. [Read more...]
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.
Pete 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...]
A monopod made from string and a bolt is an old photographers trick that can help to eliminate vertical movement and greatly reduce horizontal movement while taking photos. While it’s not necessarily a full time replacement for a tripod, the handy DIY project can certainly help you out in a bind when you need stabilization but cannot use a tripod, plus it hardly uses up any space in your gear bag. [Read more...]
The idea of a custom camera is quite appealing. Like any other custom item there is a bit of personality in having something that is not replicated all around you.
This is why I thought that creating a custom Nikon would be so awesome. If there was a way to customize your camera, you could be both Nikon and unique. Now, just before all the Canon photogs hit me on the head. I assume the same goes for Canon (putting aside the already “customized” white lens).
The video after the just shows how DigitalRev TV, a Honk Kong retailer customized pink-nuked their D90.
I’ll let you see the vid to judge the results and outcome of this project.
When it comes to protecting your camera from the elements we already know that a condom will go a great way. However, sometimes a more subtle approach is needed. Especially if all you are seeking is to protect your camera from a bit of rain.
The following guest post about creating a camera rain cover from trousers is made by Matti Hassinen.
Photographer Reuben Krabbe, whom you may remember from the landscape bicycle portraits hack, had his flash pull an untethered bungee jump during a session in the mountains. So Reuben came up with a great idea to balance a lightstand on uneven terrains. That figures with all those mountain bicycle trips.
Being the nice chap that he is, Reuben put a video together to explain how it works. Video and some thoughts after the jump.
Look at the picture on the top from Gilad Ben Ari. Click on it to really see it larger.
Something just does not add up. There’s a noticeable blur on the red in the bottom half of the image. I asked. It is not photoshopped. I’ll say it again. NOT PHOTOSHOPPED.
Take it as an exercise; try to think what makes the blur before reading on.
Yea I know, Halloween is almost a month away, but if you’re gonna do something fancy, you’d better start preparing.
Here are three completely safe Halloween photography Hacks.
Between making your own pumpkin, cutting a hole in your body and bringing a full Paparazzi band to the party there is no way you’ll get tricked. But, you have to start preparing.
UPDATE: Pat Joyce jest released a complete set of instructions for this mod.
It happened to all of us. At one point or another our beloved glass falls on the floor and dies. (Yes, by glass I mean lens – we’re trying some hard photo talk here on DIYP).
If you had a UV or Haze filter on the lens glass, you may have protected it from any minor damage. If you tried some camera tossing and missed, you’d better collect your insurance money. Or waitaminute. As Miracle Max would say the lens may only be mostly dead.