It’s not often I get to shoot very simple, clean white light shots, but in a recent shoot the model asked if she could get some updated ‘Polaroids’. For those of you not familiar with the term when used in reference to a model shoot, it’s actually not the now obsolete and ludicrously expensive single-shot film, but a request for very basic portraits of the model for their agency. This ‘Polaroid’ term is a relic from the analogue film days and it essentially now means shots that are un-retouched and with the model wearing very little makeup.
If you need to get an 8TB disk and fancy a Seagate, we have a way for you to save $50 per drive, while getting a free enclosure and a 100% void warranty. The disk in question is the Seagate Barracuda Internal Hard Drive 8TB SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch. Long name, I know. The 8TB flavor sells (new) for $180 on Amazon, or you can get the faster spinning 005 flavor for $319.95 over at B&H. Either way, there is a way to get this drive for $139.99 and still have some spare parts.
Just to make it clear from the go, this will void any warranty you have with your camera should you try this. But, I think this video from MAKE. ART. NOW. is worth sharing, as not having flippy out LCDs is the one biggest complaints I hear whenever a new camera is released (if it’s not a Canon or Panasonic).
For those who vlog, being able to see yourself and the composition behind you is kind of a big deal. It’s why so many people vlog with Canon or a Panasonic GH5. But Sony doesn’t seem to want to join the flippy out LCD crowd, despite the calls for it. This (literal, physical) hack will let your LCD flip almost all the way to the front for (mostly) easy vlogging.
The system began a few years ago when I needed more light stands and, like most DIY types, didn’t want to pay a lot for them. I happened to have a lot of 3/4″ PVC and 1/2″ metal conduit laying around so I started experimenting. My goal was to come as close as I could to the functions of a retail light stand. The basic stand fits the bill except for the fact that the legs don’t collapse. Since this was a DIY project I wasn’t limited to manufacturer’s accessories. I could dream up as many different add-ons as I wanted. The simple stand soon grew into a complete light support system.
If you need a light tent you can easily carry anywhere, Adam Rahn of DroiMedia has a fantastic DIY solution. In this video, he shows you how to make your own portable booth for product photography. It’s simple to make, easy to carry around, and it will cost you no more than $10 to build.
Christmas is over and you may want to pack up the decorations for the next year. But before you do it, there’s a simple, cheap DIY project to try out. In this video, Joe Edelman shows you how to make a bokehlicious background for portraits with the stuff you probably already have at home. And even if you don’t, you’ll need about $10 for this build.
If you follow Eric Paré’s work, you know him for stunning light painting photos. He uses all sorts of tubes to paint with light, but this time, he had to improvise. He and his girlfriend Kim Henry created a dress, jewelry and a tube for the shoot using only stuff they found in a hotel room. Some paper, a shower curtain, and a towel did a trick – and they ended up with pretty cool shots.
I’ve been following Ivan Miranda’s channel on YouTube now for a few months. It’s not a photography or video channel, though. It’s about 3D printing. As the year has gone on, I’ve been getting more into 3D printing myself, and Ivan shows off some fantastic projects that he creates on his channel. So it’s been a great one to follow.
Occasionally, though, he does a collaboration with somebody that takes things in a slightly different direction. This time around he’s working with fellow YouTuber Tom Stanton, to mount a huge strip of LED lights to a drone. This resulted in Ivan making what is essentially a 3 metre long DIY PixelStick (a really long stick covered in addressable LEDs).
We’ve covered 3D printed lenses before, like this one from Mathieu Stern. But up until now, 3D printed lenses have mostly still used a glass element on the front. Printing clear plastic with a 3D printer at home just isn’t that easy. Some believed it impossible.
But it appears as though the problem might’ve been solved if Tomer Gluck’s tutorial at FennecLabs is anything to go by. He’s managed to create transparent 3D printed items at home using transparent ABS on a stock Original Prusa i3 3D printer.
If you want to take slider shots with your smartphone, there are a few DIY options you can make. But in this video, COOPH teaches you how to make an interesting automated DIY slider on a super-low budget. You’ll need a wooden toy car, a kitchen timer, a few household items and only a little bit of time.