Here is a quick tutorial from Pierre-Yves Chopin on a quick bag mode to make it bicycle friendly.
Apparently they are.
US soldier Alex Jansen took his two Pentax Cameras, The K-7 and K-5 and tested just how weather sealed and dust proof they are.
Although serving in Afghanistan, Alex was short of a real storm a the time of taking the video. He “compromised” by pouring a bag of sand on the poor bodies and rinsed them off in the showers. The cameras survived. Twice. [Read more…]
We love camera straps, what we don’t love is dangling straps from the camera while it is in the bag or on a tripod.
The good folks at thought grenades share a (somewhat volumatic) tip on using key-rings and carabiners to attach a strap to a camera body. Is it all fancy looking? Not that much. Will it work, probably like a charm.
The awesome Benjamin Von Wong is here on a visit and we gave my new video setup a quick run.
Since Ben comes from Canada all his devices has weird Canadian no good plugs. The solution, use one all-in-one pongs adapter and a “bought at home country” power bar. This configuration has a small foot print and can be reused around the world.
(Side note: expect more videos here, one of the first ones will be on how to create that “white” look on a budget). [Read more…]
Elizabeth Giorgi of Being Geek Chic (God, I love this name) shares a great little tutorial that shows you how to make a fashionable camera wrist strap. The kind that is kinda like lanyard that keep cameras from finding their way to the cement pavement.
The stitching job is really easy and if you ever wanted to get into sewing (come’on I know you do) this is a great starters project, that will ease you in to the world of doubles, zig-zags and overlocks. (And you win a wonderful strap in the process). Hit the jump for a full movie tutorial. [Read more…]
Have you ever gone on a family trip expecting to take great pictures only to discover that the camera either stayed in the bag or that you’ll be sleeping outside the tent with the bears?
Or let me put this differently when you are a photographer going on a trip with the family can be a super cool experience. It can also be a nerve wrecking adventure both for you and your family if not handled correctly.
Here is what I have learned after years of traveling with both my family and my camera. Would love to hear your tips on the comments. [Read more…]
Here is a project perfect for father’s day.
I know how everybody loves a good duct tape wallet. But come on… We are photographers. Duct tape? Not in this class. We use the real thing – Gaffers Tape. And we use it wisely – to child-proof light stands, to make them invisible and to make lighting modifiers.
It would only make sense that a present for the one who raised you so well would be made from original photographic Gaffers tape.
The two films below shows two ways to mount a camera on your bicycle.
The first shows what great results you can get with simply mounting a video capable camera like the Canon 5D Mark II on the front basket.
The second film is a bit more technical and it shots how to build a small and efficient mount for a small camera. (Of course, you can always go for a super quick mount hack for small cameras)
UPDATE: a third video was added that shows modifiying a reflector holder to accept a 1/4 20 screw. [Read more…]
It is not really possible to defy the inverse square law. I know I tried and failed miserably. But you can stretch it.
A better beamer is a device that does just that, it extend the distance the light from your strobe travels. So while the inverse square law is still in effect, it stretches over a greater distance.
Physics bla-bla aside, it means that light coming from your strobe will go further. Some strobes, like the SB900 has an impressive zoom functions that does just that.
Flickr used lonelyhome contrapted a poorman’s better beamer using a cheapo Fresnel lens (around $1) and some plastic (I assume cardboard will do too).
The picture is really self explanatory. [Read more…]
UK based photographer Ian Cornwell needed to take some pictures from the outside of a driving car for a an emergency plumbing service.
it sounds simple, till you factor in the low angle and wide lens. This makes sticking your head out the window and leaning over a really bad options.
It’s time for a car rig.
Instead of going for one of the high end car rigs, or even our DIYP’s poorman’s rig, Ian came up with a clever concept involving three pieces of gear: an industrial suction cup; a super clamp and a ball head. [Read more…]