This is Benjamin Von Wong, Montreal Based Photographer and I wanted to present to you a pretty nifty DIY solution that I've come up with! Recently, following my Von Wong does Europe tour, I've been trying to put together some product review and I found myself in need of a versatile product display solution!
Portable light box comes in handy for most product photography work. We did feature a cardboard light tent way back, but it was not collapsible. How can we say no to collapsible. With collapsibility in mind Kumaran Alagesan went and made a tent for $5. Click to continue ›
For me one of the questions when seeing a photograph in an interesting interior is often how did they find the house, how did they get permission to shoot there and how did they squeeze all the lighting gear inside.
Photographer Mark Wallace shows how it's done. They don't go looking for a house, they build a small set out of a few pieces of wood. Mark gives us the full walk through of a set he build for a recent book cover shoot. Everything that is not in the frame is one big don't care, which makes the set building way easier than it sounds.
This clip is the first of two parts, so check out Mark's channel for the follow up next week.
Having dealt with all kinds of spaces to shoot in, I can say that having to deal with a small space to shoot portraits is one of my worst fears. (This is why I conquered the basement in our new house).
If you have ever taken your monitor outside, you know that it is hard to see it clearly with all the light that is bouncing around. And even more so on a sunny day on a sunny location. Of course, you could always buy one of them Monitor Hoods. but it would be so nice to make one of your own. Especially when it only takes a few minutes and costs almost nothing.
In this tutorial, Roger Sacul will show us how to make a quick and simple DIY monitor hood. The one here is used on flat screens, but you can also use it for laptops, or build smaller version for camera hoods. Click to continue ›
What if you wanted to make the main post of the PVC light stand (as described by The Frugal Filmmaker) to be telescoping? Here's one option for adding telescoping sections to just about any PVC project. It's quick, easy, and very inexpensive.
This telescoping element came from a mic boom I had made. There were two reasons I made it: one was to hold the mic in position for doing some street side interviews and the other was to enforce the 3' minimum focus distance of the Kodak Zi8 I was using (to keep the interviewee in focus).
This first photo is of the telescoping boom mounted on the side of a tripod. Click to continue ›
The Lastolite Hilite is a really neat, light weight, and portable high key background that can double as a softbox. Oh, did I forget to mention what a bargain it is? It’s not really – it is more than well outside of our reach. Still, I was intrigued by the simplicity of it and the many ways it could be used for still photography and video work. (Look here to see some nifty example videos of the Hilite and high key backgrounds.) I set out to make a DIY version and not break the bank in the process.
The first attempt was to suspend two flat white sheets that were safety pinned together around the periphery over a rectangular frame at the top. Two 45 Watt second slave strobes ($25/ea) were inside on light stands ($21/ea). I have no photos but it was leaning slightly on the positive side of the spectrum between abysmal failure to resounding success. It was at least successful enough to prove out the feasibility of the DIY concept… Click to continue ›