Last week, photographer Brendan Barry showed you how to turn your room into a camera obscura using only the stuff you can find at home. And if any of you decides to take analog photos with your “room camera,” you’ll need developer and fixer for the photographic film. Here’s some good news – you can also make these without leaving your home. In the video below, Brendan will show you how.
So, I’ve posted my 8×10 camera on several photography groups and I’ve gotten a lot of interest. I figured I’d do a little write up for anyone that wanted to know more about the camera as well as see some images of the building process.
This isn’t a project for the little home studio in your spare bedroom, but if you’re looking to build out a new studio space, this might be just the video for you. When the folks at Syrp moved into new offices a couple of years ago, they wanted to build out a new studio. High on the list for the studio was a cyc wall (also known as a cyclorama, infinity wall, or various other names).
A professional cyclorama can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but the Syrp team decided to build their own. And they did it for less than $2,000. In this video, we get to see how it all went together, from the initial design on the computer to the final result, and the reasons for all of the design decisions made during its construction.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself placing my camera onto stacks of boxes and books more times than I can count. Sometimes, the tripod’s not around when you need it, so you just have to work with what you’ve got. Well, if you’ve got a table lamp around, Peter McKinnon will show you how to turn it into a tripod. And it will literally take you only ten seconds to do it.
Photographer Brendan Barry has turned some huge objects into cameras. He started with a $200 camper, then used a shipping container, and finally turned an entire floor of a skyscraper into a working camera obscura with a darkroom. Considering that most of us are closed in our homes these days, how does it sound turning your bedroom (or any room) into a camera obscura? Or better yet, a camera obscura you can take photos with? Well, you can do it with stuff you already have at home.
For his latest project, Brendan has turned his daughter’s bedroom into a camera obscura and his bathroom into a darkroom. He guides you through the process in the video below, so you can build your own “room-camera,” too.
While many photographers do everything they can to avoid lens flare, others actively seek it to add a dash of colour or just a little something extra and different to their portraits, weddings or other photography. Other than shooting directly into a light source, the most common way people add flare is to put something in front of the lens between the subject.
People use prisms or all kinds of things, and there are even photography products out there specifically for this purpose. But you can get a little more creative with some DIY options, too. In this video, Pye over at SLRLounge shows us how we can build something very effective using a simple metal ring and metallic gold beaded necklaces in just a couple of minutes.
In February, it was rumoured that Sony was planning to release a new 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens at some point during the summer. The thought process at that time was that it would be a little wider than the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art for Sony E mount, but at likely a significantly higher price – possibly double.
Now, according to Sony Alpha Rumours, it looks like the Sony will cost almost three times as much as the Sigma, and the announcement is going to be delayed, too. SAR says they’ve received a tip from a reliable source that the anticipated 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens announcement has been delayed as a result of… wait for it… Yes, that’s right, the coronavirus pandemic.
You might know the Pixelstick. “nothing compares” is one of their statements. And this is true. At least price-wise. The Original Pixelstick retails for EURO 399,– here in Germany. I have always wanted one to at least try out some lightpainting with it.
The Pixelstick is a 188cm RGB lightstrip on a stick that plays bitmap files. It weighs 1,6kg, has a nice display to select files, has a remote release and runs on 8 AA batteries. Oh and it comes in a nice bag. Still 399,– is a bit steep.
Many of us are in self-isolation or quarantine right now, and it requires a lot of self-discipline. You may have extra time on your hand and you need to spend it at home. If you ask me, it’s not easy at all, especially if you live alone. Starting a DIY project will help you fulfill your time, divert your thoughts, and make something new for your photography. A perfect combo.
So, in this article I bring you some suggestions for DIY projects. I chose ten of them and focused on those that require mainly the stuff you already have. This way, you don’t have to leave home to get the parts and you can start building right now.
One of the most standout features of Olympus mirrorless cameras is just how well weather-sealed they are. You can practically hose them off to give them a good cleaning at the end of your day of shooting and they just keep on going. Not all camera systems fare so well, so how does Olympus do it?
While not the only company that offers good weather sealing, it is highly regarded as being amongst the best in the industry. Dave Etchells at Imaging Resource wanted to find out what goes into weather sealing a camera, so they took a trip to the Olympus R&D HQ in Japan to chat with Imaging Product Development manager, Takao Takasu.