Sometimes you just have a ton of gear to lug around, especially if you do commercial photography or filmmaking for a living. Grip trucks are common in Hollywood and for huge production companies, but they don’t come cheap. The team at video production company Threefold, though, has figured out a somewhat more economical solution – They converted a 1995 Ford Diesel E350 ambulance into a custom grip truck.
I’m still shooting portraits and doing creative work on a very regular basis. I have experience in various genre, I ran a studio, I have taught both workshops and one-on-ones, and I’m quite a sociable chap. Despite all that, you probably never heard of me; I’m ok with that. All that aside, it is now 2020 and I’m now in a 12-weeks lock-down in a small bungalow, looking after my mother and daughter.
I’m lucky in quite a few ways; I have some great local friends who are making sure we have what we need, and I have my daughter who as well as being beautiful, is also very keen on becoming an MUA.
So stick a gorgeous daughter/wannabe MUA/model and a photographer with a passion for throwing light in a bungalow. What are we supposed to do now?
Fotodiox has announced their new EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter for Canon EF lenses to let you mount them to most L mount bodies. It guarantees infinity focus, full electronic communication and seems to offer full autofocus, aperture control and image stabilisation (with compatible lenses).
The EF-L Fusion Smart AF adapter is compatible with both full-frame EF lenses, as well as the APS-C EF-S lenses. Of course, you obviously won’t get full-frame coverage with crop lenses. It features all-metal construction, for what Fotodiox claim is a precise fit with “no play, gap or wiggling”.
Light painting photography opens a bunch of creative opportunities and it can keep you creative and entertained for hours. Just what we need right now, right? If you’ve always wanted to try it out, you can start with minimum gear and easily shoot light painting images on your phone. In this video, Jason D. Page will show you how and he’ll give you a few tips and ideas to help you get started.
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.