Variable 3 point LED lighting kit for macro/miniature for $55

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Welcome to my tutorial on how to make a 3 point light setup kit that allows you to vary the point LEDs independently. I wrote this for fun and i hope it inspires you! Warning: ManualMode.ca and I are not responsible for ANY damage caused to you, others or your household while following this tutorial.

I decided to make this kit because i shoot macro a lot and I’ve been disappointed by the macro mini studios i bought mostly because i could not control the light intensity for each bulb and even if I hacked it into a dimmable solution, fluorescent lights do not dimm, so i had to buy special white light tungsten bulb. I was also limited by size of the bulb and the heat it generated. All i wanted is to have positional whitelights that can vary their brightness and small enough so i can use it for macro.

Before I dive in, look at the lead image to see some quick tests I made with the completed setup

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Thomas Shahan Shares His Methods In Macro Photography

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A few days ago we shared some macro shots of spiders being reflected in drops of dew which were simply stunning. They definitely inspired me to pull out my extension tubes and reverse ring and get back into macro. If they inspired you to dabble, too, macro photography master, Thomas Shahan, just posted a new tutorial on the subject. There’s a lot of good advice for beginners in there, but more experienced photographers can find a few gems in the clip as well.

The video is an mostly an eight minute long slideshow of Shahan’s brilliant macro photos with some behind the scenes shots in there for good measure. Shahan narrates the clip by explaining his setup, process, and dishes out a ton of great pointers for levels of photographers. Be sure to look for the variety of DIY light modifiers he uses in some of the images. He briefly talks about how he made one of them with a paper towel and some sheets of plastic. He’s able to get some great shots using just that and the pop up flash on his Pentax DSLR

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Beautiful Macro Photos Of Spiders And Flowers Being Reflected In Tiny Drops Of Dew

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After browsing through the expansive (and insanely brilliant) portfolio of Italian photographer, Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, you might start to wonder how he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His macro images are consistent perfectly timed feats of logic. But, as Panizza would explain, it’s not just good timing. After 10 years of practicing the craft, he almost intrinsically knows where to be when he wants to photograph insects, flowers, and peacock feathers as they are reflected into a tiny orb of morning dew that also just happens to be getting carried around by a spider. Needless to say, the photos are sublime. [Read more...]

Meet Carlos Naval: The 9 Year Old Prodigy Recently Crowned Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

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Stinger In The Sun; photo by Carlos Perez Naval

A nine year old boy from Spain took the top honors in the youth division of the 2014 Natural History Museum and BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this year.  Carlos Perez Naval, stole the show when his exceptional photo, “Stinger In The Sun” not only earned the young photographer a 1st place finish in the 10 and under division, but also garnered him the prestigious title of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for which he handily edged out photographers nearly twice his age. [Read more...]

Innovative Ad Campaign Introduces Borescope Camera Tech To Commercial Photography

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Innovation plays a large part in creativity and vice versa. When photographers are able to find the perfect balance of those two things, awesome ideas using unusual methods are created. Such is the case when Sedley Place was tasked with creating an innovative ad campaign for Diageo, the parent company of Smirnoff and Guinness. They decided on a “Liquid Landscape” theme, which would feature slow motion close up shots of frosty glasses of beer and swirling mixed drinks.

To be able to maintain a large depth of field while shooting moving liquids at macro ratios, the creators came up with an unorthodox equipment setup to capture extreme close-ups of frosty glasses of beer and mixed drinks. Using for a borescope camera, a type of camera used almost exclusively in the biological and science photography realms, the photographers were able to capture the mouth watering footage with very little loss of detail.

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How to Convert Lenses to Tilt Shift Macro Lenses With 3D Printing

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At about $1500 real tilt-shift lenses are not cheap. (Long time readers will appreciate the correct spelling :). Instructable user Cpt.Insano created a 3D printed adapter that converts practically and Nikon lens into a tilt shift lens. Sadly, getting the lens further from its flange distance means that the lens will only operate in Macro mode, but I would assume that getting a Nikon lens onto a Canon body may work as Nikon has  longer focal flange distance than Canon.

Anyhow, this is a really simple build, and all you have to do is grab the parts from the instructable, print them away and click them together. [Read more...]

Repurposing A KFC Fried Chicken Dinner As A DIY Ring Flash

I have a two DIY ring-flashes. My first one was made out of illustration board, and the second one was made of out of a bucket of fried chicken from our local restaurant. Here is my step by step tutorial on how to make your own DIY ring flash using the leftovers of a KFC dinner. (of course you can but a DIY ring flash kit or a totally pro solution as well, but then the KFC leftovers will be thrown away rather than recycled).

It takes about two hours to make one.

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