The “Red Scale” effect has actually been with us for quite a while. You see, your average 35mm color negative film has a semi-transparent layer on the back. – designed to keep stray light from getting onto the sensitive emulsion on the front. At some point, a few bright photographers got the idea to load the film “backwards” and actually shoot through this protective layer. The result is close to shooting through a reddish-orange filter. But unlike a filter, the effect is a bit unpredictable and varies in strength depending on the subject and light source.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that we are a big fans of reflectors. I would say that the 5-in-1 reflector is probably one of the most useful items a photographer can have in their bag. It is cheap and can serve for shade, a backdrop in a pinch and, of course, reflecting light.
The only caveat with the 5-in-1 is that it is usually a rather smallish item. Maybe 43″ in diameter.
So a few days ago we featured a photoshop tutorial that shows how to blend an image onto a black and white portrait.
We got the following REAL projector tutorial courtesy of the awesome folks at Lomography, Instructables and Inventor Derte84. It uses an IKEA lamp rather than a strobe, so you’ll have to adjust exposure. (sadly, the Isbrytare is end-of-lined, but it is still available in used stores and sometimes on eBay).
We love camera straps, what we don’t love is dangling straps from the camera while it is in the bag or on a tripod.
The good folks at thought grenades share a (somewhat volumatic) tip on using key-rings and carabiners to attach a strap to a camera body. Is it all fancy looking? Not that much. Will it work, probably like a charm.
Sometimes you wanna have that specific POV of someone looking through a peephole. I guess the easiest way to shoot this is by sticking your camera through a peephole.
Dave from Knoptop shares how he converted a $7 200 degrees door peephole and a PVC reducer into a wide angle lens. The vignetting is pretty strong so I am not sure it is usable as a “real” fisheye, but the effect is still pretty cool for $7.
I recently saw a post about using zip ties as a makeshift wrench for removing filters from lenses and from each other (for those of you who stack them). Even the author recognized the dangers of the method when he pointed out that if not done properly the filter(s) in question could accidentally fly across the room like Japanese throwing stars (my analogy, not his). Obviously, any method that puts your lenses, filters, or pets in harm’s way if not done precisely right should have you asking, “Isn’t there a better way?”
UPDATE: for some still image and a note from the creator, scroll to the bottom
You know how everything looks better on the wide screen? I attribute it all to the aspect ratio. Everything looks nice on widescreen.
The thing is that our DSLRs take images with 2:3 ratio and if we crop them we lose quality. This is where anamorphic lenses come into play, anamorphic lenses stretch the image to capture widescreen images/footage on 2:3 sensors. Just like an anamorphic pinhole captures wide screen images on a 35mm film.
A few weeks back we featured a crazy video where bokeh golblins took over New York. Our Bokeh Masters Kit has been around, but nothing to that extent – I loved how much detail the bokeh goblins had and how their eyes moved so I asked the director Bradonio if he could explain how it was done. Following is his account.
The following is a quick description of the “bokeh silhouettes” in the Gramatik music video “Solidified”, if you don’t recall the video, here is a quick reminder.
Venus’s transit over the sun occurs when planet Venus positions itself between the Sun and the Earth, kinda like the solar eclipse we had a few weeks back.
The timing of this astrological phenomena is kinda weird, a couple of transits 8-years-apart occurs every 105 (or 121) years. So the next transit of Venus across the Sun won’t take place until 2117. This is plenty of notice – about a centery worth – but if you get to the last minute and still find yourself unprepared here is a neat fast trick from Jeff Finkelstein to get you back on your feet.
Here is the image of the Venus Transit, with my DIY $2.00 rig
We have seen our share of old lenses / new cameras before. But nothing as frenkensteinish as this GH2/Polaroid hybrid from Gabriel Verdugo.
The franken lens, (:, just a fun project of the weekend, I took an old polaroid camera, of the ones that printed the images in the 80´s, took out the plastic lens and placed into my micro four thirds camera.
The tubes that you see are macro tubes, that are used to be able to have the lens in focus (In this case the distance from the lens to the camera sensor must be the same distance that the light traveled from the lens to the printable paper inside the polaroid). Luckily, these tubes accept a 52mm ring, so I simply attached a 52mm ring into the lens, to make the Frankenlens interchangeable.[Read More…]