Looks like the four square is gaining popularity with off camera flash photographers. If you can shell the bucks for four strobes (only 268 for four YN460II) , why not get them all together for increased power / shorter recycle time.
We did have a dual flash bracket and a triple flash bracket, but this version of a four flash bracket (AKA four square) from an Electrical box and a few washers by Destin Danser is just too good to be ignored. Click to continue ›
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!
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 ›
The $7 beauty dish emerged out of a desire to experiment on the cheap, to see if I could duplicate the effect of a real beauty dish and see if it was worth buying one. Here's my disclaimer: These are no substitute for real beauty dishes and the details involve more brute force than calculated physics.
My project followed a surprising amount of noodling around in Ikea, Home Depot and Target looking for the essentials -- something that would let me fire my Nikon SB800 flash into a reflective bowl and direct it toward a subject. I don't know if the final solution is brilliance or BS -- I'm sure you'll all let me know. Click to continue ›
What happens when you cross Kirk Tuck's insatiable love for LED panels with Jim Goldstein's unstopped craving for iPads? Nothing, 'till you add in a secret ingredient - a starving-for-innovation photographer Jesse Rosten.
Jesse did a complete portrait shoot using 9 (yea NINE) iPads as lighting sources. Those iPads were mounted on three fixtures in what I would adventurous mode. Video and a little about constraints after the jump. Click to continue ›
Sometimes, a small softbox would not do it. You just need a bigger light. The thing is that bigger modifiers eat more light up. This a guest post by Edward Peters will show how he dealt with building a large softbox, including building a double flash bracket, mounting two strobes and syncing a pop for up to five strobes using a headphone splitter.
My Wife needed photos of a jewelry piece she had created, but the piece was too big for my favorite 13x13 inch DIY speedlite soft box.
Unfortunately for us, the jewelry has entered a contest and cannot be displayed on the web. However, the good news are that I can share the making of the mega-dual-light softbox that took the image. Click to continue ›
In this tutorial I will explain how I built the softbox used to take the image on the left. It is a 40cm X 40cm foamboard softbox that accepts a strobe. Kinda similar in size and effect to the Photoflex LiteDome XS which I use a lot out of the studio.
On the left image this softbox was used as key, see this lighting setup for another use of the softbox as fill.
It is a simple softbox to make and it takes about half an hour if you have mediocre cutting skills. Click to continue ›
Two days a ago e made a little challenge here on DIYP, to try and reverse engineer the lighting on this portrait. A wonderful strobist muscles stretch. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for everyone who took a stub at the setup.
I did mention that all the lighting on the set was DIY and made by yours truly.
Before I go ahead and do the lighting breakdown (I don't actually have to reverse engineer it, I was there and took pictures :)), I am placing the portrait on the big again below. Look at it (or super size it) and then skip to the actual break down (which is also a sneak peek into my living room) Click to continue ›