A DIY Sound Blimp Shoots Concerts And Shows Stealth Style

Photographer Dan Tabar shoots on sound stages, movie sets and studios taking production shots and scene shots. (Those are used by the production but also sometimes get released as BTS from some movies).

A DIY Sound Blimp Shoots Concerts And Shows Stealth Style

When sound is rolling, the sound of the flipping mirror is quite disturbing and while the D800 that Dan uses has a “quiet mode”, it was not good enough.

The solution is to use a Sound Blimp – a sound absorbing case that mutes the shutter sound. A commercial Blimp goes around $1100, so Dan devised his own DIYed version for about $80using a Pelican case a  a base and PCV fittings. [Read more...]

How To Charge All You Mobile Devices On The Go

If you are spending a lot of time as a traveling photographer, you must have noticed that in addition to the usual energy consuming gadgets like strobe and camera batteries there are now a plethora of devices that need a USB charging buddy. Things like a Smart phone, an iPad or even a GoPro. Carrying around chargers and sockets for all this gear is kinda messy. Especially if you are traveling to a foreign country and need a power adapter for each charger.

How To Charge All You Mobile Devices On The Go

Adam Dachis over at Lifehacker has a sweet solution for this utilizing a gadget travel organizer, a 7-Port USB Hub and an 11,000mAh Portable Battery to make a light weight, portable and tidy charging station. [Read more...]

Tethering A GoPro So It Will Not Hit The Ground

The thing about a GoPro is that if you constantly challenge it to stay in one piece, eventually the odds will accumulate against you and it will fall and hit the ground (see the compilation of videos after the jump).

While a GoPro placed low and getting hit is no issue, having a camera drop a few meter is not healthy for the camera of the people below it.

Volleyball GoPro setup - ghetto safety cable

DIYP reader Joe Romie shoots a lot of volleyball and to get interesting angles he places a GoPro over the stadium mounted on a superclamp and manfrotto arm. Here comes the smart part (although somewhat trivial). Joe’s idea for using a GoPro in an impact prone environment is tethering it to the rail with fishing leaders so if it gets hit by the ball, it will not fall all the way to the floor a few meters below.

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Make A Camera Weather Protector From A CD Case

Most weather protection mods completely seal of the body and lens of the camera using Nylon (or some sort of nylon, at least). A very common hack is to use a UV filter as a front element for the lens and cover the rest with a bag.

The problem there is that drop on the lens cover may interfere with the shot. The folks at Digital Camera World came up with a different solution that uses a CD spindle for lens protection.

While this solution is not 100% tight, it looks like for non windy weather it provides good protection while removing the risk of drops on the lens of filter. (Yes, it also uses a nylon bag, I guess there is no way around this one).

Make A Camera Weather Protector From A CD Case

If you want a more refined solution, you can buy similar “dedicated” bags for about $6-$8 in B&H.

The only question now (2013) is where the heck does one find an empty CD case spindle?

[why a blank CD case is the perfect rain guard for your lens | Digital Camera World] [Read more...]

A Clever DIY Alarm For your Camera Bag

If you ever took a camera bag to a restaurant, coffee shop or anywhere that makes you put it on the floor, you know that can be really be a peace killer. And you are constantly worried that someone might snatch it.

You try placing the bag under the seat / have one of the straps loop around the chair legs and put it in your lap. Not really convenient.

Youtue user Kipkay came up with a clever $2.5 hack that may not protect your bag, but will definitely let you know if someone is trying to pick it up.

The system is based on a $2 impact alarm (the kind that alerts on broken windows) with an added $0.5 tilt switch. Once the device is turned on any tilt, such as a bag grab, will trigger the alarm. (As with everything, there are commercial options for this, but they are not nearly as cool)

Now here is the clever part (back in my programming days we used to call those “features”). The alarm has not off switch. Once it goes on it can only be turned off by drowning it, smashing it or…applying a magnet to the tilt switch, which is not that trivial if you just picked up this bag and started running. Where would you even get a magnet.

[$2 Alarm Protects Your Stuff!! via Photojojo | PetaPixel] [Read more...]