A little while back we introduced an electric DIY which was designed to help reduce the luck factor when going on a stormy night to photograph lighting. It involved quite a bit of hardware and was aimed towards DSLRs that have an external trigger jack.
Turns out there is an easier way for most Canon P&S owners. It is called CHDK. We discussed CHDK before when we showed how to make Hi Res time lapse movies. This time CHDK comes to the rescue with a lighting catching script.[Read More…]
We said it before, macro tubes are nothing more that air wrapped in plastic. This is why we were happy to see another adaptation on the Pringles can that makes macro easy on the budget by Sameer Garde
On closer inspection, though, I understood that is was not a Pringles can, but a baking powder can. That definitely takes points off for edibility. Jump for more macro.[Read More…]
We thought long and hard about what will the best way to kick off our new product and decided on doing a video. So, directed by Zeke Kamm of Nice photo mag, we headed out to the wilderness.(You’re gonna have to read till the end if you wanna see it big :)
For this particular shot Zeke wanted me to take a “bad picture”. Crossing out all the regular “bad pictures” ideas – like soft focus, bad exposure and so on, we thought what can be worst than getting smeared on a wind shield. I say, not much.[Read More…]
I would imagine that after yesterday’s killer tutorial you’d want something simple.
Well, here it is: A super easy macro lighting modifier.
If you are a macro shooter, this will probably solve both your lighting issues and your snack issues with one swish.[Read More…]
Here is a nifty idea. Use a couple of cheapo IR LEDs and a nimijack from your neighborhood RadioLove store and you can make your iPhone into a Camera Super remote.
DSLRbot ($4.99)is a simple playback application that plays WAV files. Interestingly, the WAV files it plays correspond to commands used on DSLRs infrared remotes. In turn, those can be used to make time lapse sequences, HDR bracketing and all kinds of similar tricks. Compare that to your over $100 Nikon or Canon Intervalometer.[Read More…]
I was literally screaming with joy when Derek Mellott (you know Derek, he likes Barbeque and time lapse movies) showed me his latest Time Lapse Slider Dolly. Then, I literally fell from my chair when he suggested to share the build with DIYP readers.
Now, every once in a while we have a “dare” tutorial, one that will kill an entire month of weekends (and then some). Those are not for the faint of heart, but the results and satisfaction from completing one of those projects in unbelievable. (see the battlefield pinhole camera for example). It is the same with this project – it is not an easy task, it takes woodmenship, electronics know-how, and plenty of time, but the results are stunning.
(But hey, you know what, even if you just pick up one of the ideas in this post, it would rock. For example, building the collapsible rails idea to be used with the cheapo motor slider puller)
The movie comes first – this should get you motivated – then the instructions. Embrace yourselves.
Interesting subjects make for great photographs, so are interesting backgrounds. Photographer Karl Zemlin has a great DIY for projecting strobe light to create interesting backgrounds. (He also has a nifty DIY section on his site)
What makes this design really rock is the little tripod socket at the bottom, so you can simply place this behind your subject on a light stand and have a symmetrical background.[Read More…]
After using your strobe for a while, the plastic top will get oxidized a bit, maybe get some stains. You know, it just aint looking as it used to any more. The shine that your old relations used to have is gone.
Luckily there is a quick way to fix that. Using sulfuric acid toothpaste. It is an old trick used to clean beat up headlights, and it worked wonders for my strobe.
Here is how you do it in three quick steps.[Read More…]