Sony Unveils the “World’s Best Mobile Camera” with the Announcement of the Xperia Z2

Earlier today, the 2014 Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona, and it came packed with quite a few noteworthy stories. Nokia announced the immediate release of not one, but three Android-powered mid-range smartphone models; HTC announced its next entry to the mid-range Desire, sporting a 13MP camera; Samsung – well – remained Samsung with its overall minor update to the Galaxy S line (but hey – maybe that’s just my inner design critic getting frustrated at how much hasn’t changed about the phone’s look). Even if the Galaxy S5′s been grabbing most of the headlines for MWC, Sony still ended up bringing itself a good amount of attention with the products it unveiled today,

Out of them, the Xperia Z2 was what garnered the most interest. Sony’s latest addition to the Xperia line comes in bold colors, as well as bold promises; the waterproof phone packs a 20.7 megapixel camera, one which the company is proudly calling the “world’s best mobile camera”.

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Welcome! DIYP has a new look

Yes, you are still looking on the same blog. We just got  slight facepagelift.

drupal to WP

Back in the first few years, we (or actually I) were posting 2-3 posts a week and running a moonshine operation after hours of my daily job. This changed at 2010 when I jumped the gun and went full job with DIYP.

Now, ever since DIYP was born, about 8 years ago, it was using  Drupal as a platform. But things has changed. DIYP was getting bigger, covering more topics and getting more traffic. We made a change to WordPress, to both support the growing team and reflect the editorial change we are going through which gives a focus to photography in general (while still keeping DIY with a warm place in our hearts as a category).

We are still ironing things out so if you see anything weird please let us know.

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Join Our Awesome Bi-Monthly Awesomely Awesomeness Newsletter And A Chance To Win A TTP Streetwalker Backpack

You asked for it and here it comes. We are kicking off our newsletter again.

Join Our Awesome Bi-Monthly Awesomely Awesomeness Newsletter And A Chance To Win A TTP Streetwalker Backpack

What’s in the newsletter? Everything you have come to love about DIYP, we’ll share our top stories, tutorials and tips. We will also announce DIYP products through that list, and there are quite a few planned for 2014.

How Often? We are starting with a Bi-Monthly (i.e. every other week) newsletter. It may change later on, depending on the feedback we get.

How Do I Win That Rad TTP Streetwalker Backpack? Just join our newsletter, as simple as that. On Tuesday the 19th we’ll randomly select one winner from our newsletter subscribers (new and old) who’ll get the bag.

Yes! I want it! Great, once you win, we’ll pay for shipping (international readers welcomed) and send it over to you. If there are any duties or taxes on the incoming side they are on you.

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DIYPhotography Now Owns The Trade Mark For Bokeh®

A few years back we released what was then a revolutionary product called the Bokeh Masters Kit. It is a revolutionary device (or at least it was back then), that transforms light into shapes with the spirit of Create Your Own Bokeh.

DIYPhotography Now Owns The Trade Mark For Bokeh®

Just in case you need a refreshment, Bokeh® is a Japanese word with a close proximity to the English word blur, and in photography it is used to describe the blur (or out of focus area) quality. This made it perfect to describe our product which changed the shape of out of focus specular highlights. [Read more...]

Are You Going to PhotoPlusExpo? Win Awesome Prizes

Are You Going to PhotoPlusExpo? Win Awesome Prizes

Are you going to PhotoPlusExpo in NYC today? Lucky you! Trade shows are great and you are going to have lotsa fun! (and probably take on a second mortgage).

I really wanted to come this year, but last minute events kept me here. I would not let lady luck deprive me of all the fun, though.

So I team up with the fine folks at MPEX and we’ll be giving away some awesome DIYP goodies each day. Namely, there are a few DIY Ring Flashes, Bokeh Masters Kits, Camera Cookie Cutters and Double Flash Brackets to be won. Hit the jump for details. [Read more...]

We’re Giving Away The Coolest Straps And Plates Ever (EVER!)

We're Giving Away The Coolest Straps And Plates Ever (EVER!)

Update: the giveaway is now over, thanks for playing. And a huge thanks for custom SLR for providing the prize. Scroll to the bottom to see if you won.

The good folks over at CustomSLR are giving away a complete set of their super cool lineup: A Split Strap+Cloop Combo, A Cloop + Glide Strap and an M-Plate (value $210.8).

Here is the nice thing about this combo. You can use the glide strap (or split strap) while on the go, and instantly mount your camera on a Manfrotto/ArcaSwiss tripod without removing the strap. As of the release of the M-plate, a few weeks back, the Glide Strap/M-Plate/C-loop combo did not leave my camera and is the combo I use in my shoots. Super Comfy!

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is answer one simple question: [Read more...]

We’re Giving Away A Super Cool Think Tank Retrospective 7 (Blue Slate)

We're Giving Away A Super Cool Think Tank Retrospective 7 (Blue Slate)

Update: the giveaway is now over, thanks for playing. And a huge thanks for ThinkTank for providing the prize.

Nothing like a brand new photography bag to brighten up your day. The awesome folks at Think Tank are giving away a super cool Retrospective 7 (value $154.75).

It is an awesome bag if you don’t want to be shouting “I carry a dSLR” but still want to, you know… carry a dSRL. It can pack a DSLR and 2-3 lenses or strobes. (And it has a rain cover. nice!)

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