5 Quick And Dirty Photography DIY’s

Oct 27, 2014

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

5 Quick And Dirty Photography DIY’s

Oct 27, 2014

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

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We’ve all had those moments when we prepare for a shoot and pack all of our equipment but on the back of our mind we think that we are forgetting something, then we arrive to location and whadayaknow we forgot an important piece of gear.

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Here on DIYP we see all sorts of DIYs. From professional looking DIYs that take a week to do through a weekend projects to fun 10 minutes DIYs. But some of my most memorable DIYs are the quick-and-dirty-on-the-spot-DIYs. IT DOESN’T LOOK PRETTY but IT DOES THE JOB.

One thing I always bring to a shoot gaffers tape (narrow and wide), a clamp, and a few carabiners. I just throw it all in my bag, in case a need rises.

Here is my top 5 quick and dirty diy’s:

Chair Tripod

Before I bought a 3 feet light stand I didn’t have a choice but to use a plastic chair in my studio where I would put a studio strobe so that I could place my light below my subject. Ugly? As Hell, but it does the trick.

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The Bond paper bounce card

For events I normally place a stofen omnibounce on my strobe. But last month, I left it at the studio and did not have any other diffuser. Good thing I always bring some tape, so I looked for a piece of bond paper, folded it into a rectangle and taped it over the speedlight. Pretty? No, but it did the job.

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DIY boom stand

Oh, and have you ever had a boom stand with no weights? I have. Good thing that I always have a carabiner on my photography bag, so I clamped it to the boom stand. Not as ugly as the previous two, but still does the job.

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Illustration board reflector

One time I was having a workshop and needed a reflector to fill in the shadows, the only reflector I could find was already about 4 years old and all the silver has fallen off of it. I got one of my illustration boards and used it as a reflector. I just cut a small hole on top and slide my light stand through there and taped it. Actually illustration boards became a standard in my studio after that.

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The Trust

I am not sure my Brader” Jayjay De Guzman will appreciate the fact that I am calling him a DIY hack. Yet,  we always do this when we need a top down angled shot. I call it “The Trust“. I stand on chair extending and raising my arm with the camera as far as it can go and leaning as far as I can, and just give my trust to the person holding me.

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Final conclusion and lesson for this article: Have a checklist.

I know you have one of those quick and dirty diy’s so share them in the comment! It doesn’t have to look pretty.

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Laya Gerlock

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Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

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9 responses to “5 Quick And Dirty Photography DIY’s”

  1. Wil Fry Avatar
    Wil Fry

    My son knocks over light stands. He thinks it’s his job. So I clamp speedlights to the top of our 6′ entertainment center — using 99-cent spring clamps and cheap cold shoes. Instead of buying an expensive background frame, I hang my background muslin from existing curtain rods — again with 99-cent spring clamps. (Make sure said rods are solidly installed.)

    1. LSG Avatar
      LSG

      Feel free to add a picture! :)

      1. Wil Fry Avatar
        Wil Fry

        Clamped to top of entertainment center: spring clamp, cold shoe (held on by 1/4-20 thumb screw), Cactus V4 trigger, LumoPro LP180

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/saintseminole/12457858555

      2. Wil Fry Avatar
        Wil Fry

        Background attached to curtain rods (these are medium-duty curtain rods, anchored into drywall pretty well) with spring clamps:

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/saintseminole/10084152056/

        1. udi tirosh Avatar
          udi tirosh

          that looks like allllllllot of fun :)

  2. Jc Torres Avatar
    Jc Torres

    My DIY Grid for my Speedlite ;)

  3. Carel Avatar
    Carel

    Yeah, and I thought I was a little bit cheap…. I mounted on my flashes
    a piece of acrylic glass with velcron, in different sizes…Works fine.
    And also use an old projection screen… often for less in a second
    hand shop… Thank you for sharing!

  4. Cameron Avatar
    Cameron

    What are the articulating clamps on the boom stand called? I need those.