Interesting subjects make for great photographs, so are interesting backgrounds. Photographer Karl Zemlin has a great DIY for projecting strobe light to create interesting backgrounds. (He also has a nifty DIY section on his site)
What makes this design really rock is the little tripod socket at the bottom, so you can simply place this behind your subject on a light stand and have a symmetrical background. Click to continue ›
Sometimes you want to add a 1/4" threading to objects that don't have threads. It makes sense. I mean, all the mounting gear is already built to support 1/4" thread: Tripods, light stands, swivels...
This allows you, for example to position a flashlight on a swivel and have full control over it's angle and direction. Or mount a point and shoot on a bicycle handle.
Photographer Kevin Thai reminds us that it is more about how you use your lights than how many of them you have.
In what I would call Home Improvement geniousy, Kevin dumps the old concept of cereal snoots and uses cookie boxes. I am not entirely sure that cookie boxes work as good as cereal boxes... but they sre are sweeter.
However the real smarts lies in the careful positioning of two foam based reflector cards.
And it just so happens that Kevin documented the entire thing with an iPhone set overhead for our viewing pleasure.
Now turn your speakers on, sit back and enjoy the show. Click to continue ›
A shot while back I featured a post called 21 Photographs And Lighting Setups For Every Occasion. Not surprisingly the post featured a collection of amazing photographs along with a snap of the setup that was used to capture those photographs.
So... what's up with all those photographers taking setup pictures with no artistic value whatsoever. gotta be a reason for that, right? Right. Click to continue ›
If you are one of those PVC dudes (no shame in it. I am a PVC dude), you're bound to appreciate this little PVC trick that makes binding pipes a snap. (pun completely intended).
After seeing some very creative use of strip lighting here, on the Strobist site and Flickr, often as 'rim' lighting, I thought "If only I had that fancy gear, my stuff would look as good as Joel Grimes' stuff!" I had visions of after-shoot champagne lunches with Heidi Klune and groups of graceful models in a spacious studio populated with Broncolor and Hasselblad stuff - RIGHT!
Making a 3D display of an object is a great way to display merchandise on line, so this tut would be very relevant to any product or still life photographers.
The usual way of making a 3D display is to put your item on a turn table. The less common way, yet sometime more effective (wit shoes for example) is to suspend the object from a rig. In the following tutorial, Photographer Matt Devlin (Flickr) walks us trough the a build of a 360 deg rig. Matt says (and I heartedly agree that this is a very simple rig to build - 3/10). Click to continue ›
I've got a very happy announcement today. DIYP is releasing its first eBook - Home Studio Photography: Your Complete Guide To Building A Photography Studio At Home.
It's a long name, I know, yet it grasps the essence of the book, providing a full, comprehensive reference book for building a Photography studio at home. You can grab a copy here, or read the details after the jump. Click to continue ›