Using not much more than old CD lenses, cardboard and some sticky putty, Bhautik was able to construct a mechanism. Now, we had a project on the site before where we combined a DVD lens with an iPhone to create a super macro cameraphone, but Bhautik takes it to the next step. [Read More…]
The next hack is pretty trivial so if you have a seamless backdrop mount already feel free to skip forward, if not here is a way to build such a mount for as little as $5. (Actually, the mount by itself is about $2, the other three are for some extras).
Actually, This is how I mount (and store) my seamless white backdrop at my basement studio, and thought it may have some sharing value if you are in a similar position and space confined.
Those binder (or stuffed boxes) are not the best performers when it comes to finding photographs, making prints and most importantly, they are not back-up friendly.
For those reasons (and more) it is a good idea to scan your old film into digital format. If you shop around there are some pretty good film scanners for about $150, and the Nikon monsters that will set you back a few months rent. [Read More…]
Steven Monteau, the out-of-this-world-designer who created the Battlefield Pinhole Camera (and the amazing bokeh video) is back with a new camera the Guillotine (A.K.A Adidas) Camera. It is a homemade camera that creates actions sequences, in a fashion very similar to the Lomo Super Sampler (only better). It does so on 120 film and with great fineness.
Steven was kind enough to share how this camera was built. I am not really sure if this goes into the crazy or genius category.
A bunch of curious DIYers at Los Angeles rigged an iPhone 4 to a set of helium balloons that helped it rise about 1000 feet and take 720p videos of Los Angeles.
The footage is displayed below, while it is not perfect, and kinda shaky, there is also a valuable BTS. Hit the Just for some behind the scenes and my notes of the video
This Wave photography Primer was written by Dane Grady.
Below, you will find an introductory guide to the beautiful art of Wave Photography, covering all the key components, from choosing a camera to finding the right kind of waves. Enjoy the ride!
Before I can cover what kind of gear you need for Wave Photography, Safety is EXTREMELY important! You should have knowledge of the ocean and ocean currents, and have experience in and be more than comfortable in the surf. Know the area you want to shoot, study the conditions… “know before you go”[Read More…]
Several weeks ago, you may have read my post on this site entitled Build Your Own Lenses in which I extolled the wonders of homemade lenses and the soft, glowy images they produce.
In this post, I’m going to explain how to get that softness under control to produce images with interesting and more subtle soft focus effects, such as the photo on the left. (I’ll even show you how homemade lenses can produce crisp, sharp images, if you like that sort of thing.)[Read More…]
Time to wrap up the Bag O’ Goodies contest.
Huge thanks for everyone who participated. This was the final round of this assignment, and the last chance to win (Literally) a Bag O’ Goodies.
As always with those kinda contests, It was a hard pick and as always, I wished I had more prizes to give away. read on for the five runners up, the winner and another glimpse on the prizes.[Read More…]
Photographer and Strobist fan John Cavan got a pretty cool line up of speedstrap like DIY attachments.
The line, which can be made in about 20 minutes total (or less), includes a foamy & Velcro based speedstrap and an assortment of Strobist friendly foamy & Velcro based modifiers: a snoot, a Gobo and a bounce card. You now I love foamies and Velcro so this is like a small party for me.
A while back when I made a huge career move and quite on the high-tech job, I set a goal of developing a photography business. I did warn you about the occasional “on assignment post” and this is just one of those posts.
At the place where I live there is a dance class for kids 4-16 years old. The manager of that class wanted some pictures to provide the local newspaper for an upcoming article. We talked and decide to take the pictures at her house where there is a nice decorative brick wall. This should eliminate the need to battle the harsh sun on one hand and provide both indoor and outdoor locations on the other.[Read More…]