Mount Your Camera Anywhere with This DIY Flexible Camera Mount

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Tripods are great, but not always convenient to carry with you.  GorillaPods and other articulated camera mounts are wonderful, but they can get kind of costly.  What if there was a device you could make yourself that replaced your traditional tripod, your GorillaPod, and your selfie stick (if you’re into that)?

DIY-er Megan Yeomans crafted an ingenious little contraption that can function as a tripod, attach your camera to almost anything, and even allow you to get those tacky selfies you’ve been dying to capture…all for as little as $8.

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Jeff Cable Discusses 15 Things You Should Be Thinking About Every Time You Take a Photo

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There’s a lot that goes into making a great photo and when you’re out there shooting, you probably have a million ideas and thoughts racing through your head. Of course, thinking and asking yourself questions about what it is you’re trying to shoot along the way is great way to improve your work, but are you asking yourself the right questions? In this hour long seminar hosted by Jeff Cable, he discusses 15 different things you should be asking yourself before you take the shot. I know, I know an hour is a long time to spend on one YouTube video, but Cable is a pretty amusing instructor and he has a lot of solid photography knowledge he’s willing to share.

In the clip, Cable discusses everything from which shooting modes you should be using, how to decide which lens is best, how you can determine what the best composition is, and more. The video title says 15 things, but the whole clip is loaded with advice that go above and beyond the core principles from his syllabus.  [Read more…]

DIY: How To Build A Portable V-Flat With Customized Catchlights

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DIY is where we started, and we love to return to it whenever possible…especially for tutorials like this.

Columbus, Ohio-based photographer Nick Fancher believes that you can “studio” anywhere, turning the most ordinary locations into quality pseudo-studios.  In this video (after the jump), Nick shows us how he constructed a simple and portable v-flat lighting configuration using (what appears to be) foam board and tape.

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Create epic rain effects with this $15 rain machine

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While we at DIYP are no strangers to covering such things as creative (and cheap) rain machines, we always find it in our hearts to share with you just one more.

Director and cinematographer Tom Antos recently released a video about how he built a rain machine on a budget of only $15. Starting out with a cheap garden soaker hose, attached it to some wood between two stands, and made movie magic. His video shares the details, but we’ve taken the liberty to spell them out (after the jump).

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20 Kick Ass Projects From Last Year

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It has been a year since I started writing for DIYP and it has been a wonderful experience sharing works and tutorials to the world, including getting to read comments (and the occasional troll which gives me a laugh from time to time) and for this one year anniversary post, I want to run down and make one blog about my personal and favorite tutorials.

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There Goes Your Workday: Toronto Star Photojournalists Show Us How They Get Their Shots

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Three nights ago, the Houston Rockets were taken out of the NBA Playoffs after Damian Lillard made a layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game. Before that 0.9 seconds, everyone was already sure that Houston was about to move on to the next game. A shot of Damian Lillard finishing that throw needs to be taken by a photographer that can keep up with the pace that game was going at. Photojournalism is a relentless job. Everything is unpredictable, and photographers have to be ready to capture that unpredictability.

The Toronto Star offers an archive of videos made by their very own photojournalists; in them they try teaching us exactly how they execute their work when they’re put in positions where they need to be quick on their feet.

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Freelensing: Un-Focus To Tell a More Dynamic Story

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So often we are distracted by what we see, sucked in by that which is right in front of us. Each day can be a battle of not missing the forest for the trees, and losing track of the big picture, both metaphorically and literally, is a demon to which we frequently fall prey. But, life is as much about the unseen as it is the seen…it is more honest to say that it is what’s lurking in the shadows that truly defines us rather than what the world around us seems to see.

This concept, when considered in photography, is as much philosophical as it is visual. There are thousands of tutorials on how to maintain a sharp focus or isolate a subject or achieve that perfect image. But, life, which is the literal reflection of art, is not sharp or clearly-defined or nice and perfect. It’s not! What if more contemporary photography chose to focus on the imperfect, the beauty in the flaws, and creation by suggestion rather than destruction by defining? [Read more…]