I converted an IKEA lamp to a beauty dish a while ago and I was surprised of the result. I found a description when I was looking for other things and got curious if that really would work. I decided to try and I bought one at a visit to IKEA. But the one I bought was in aluminium finish and not white as the one below.
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Using a $7.99 IKEA Lack Table To Build A Lightbox
Ever seen those IKEA Lack tables? They feel suspiciously light right? This is because, as this tutorial will demonstrate, they are not made of wood. They are just a covered honeycombed piece of cardboard. But for this tutorial’s sake, this is actually a good thing. If you are looking for someone to thank to, Jack Watney is your man.
If you come from the digital era, you might ask what a lightbox is. Well, essentially it is a backlit translucent surface that you can place film on and inspect it before sending it off to print. Or, you can use it to view slides. On the non-photography side, you can use this table for tracing.
6 Sweet IKEA Photo Hacks With The Weirdest Names Ever
Team Shootr did a visit to IKEA proving yet again that the IKEA store is heaven on earth when it comes to DIYing a studio. This video shows 6 of the sweetest IKEA hacks I’ve seen, some at the cost of a cup of coffee. (Some of the hacks were featured here before, but the video is a great roundup). Hit the jump for a full recap.
The only caveat, the names of the products are the weirdest I’ve ever seen… see if you can pronounce them all :)
IKEA Hack – A $5.99 Foldable Laptop and Monitor Hood
When shooting in the great outdoors sun hitting your laptop or monitor can become a serious thing and actually keep you from actually seeing the screen. This is why Laptop visors (or monitor hoods) were invented. Think a black box with an opening on one side to allow screen viewing and keyboard access. They are usually not that expensive going from $20 for a basic kit, to $85 for a nice one, to as high as $250 for an Optimus Prime grade hood with a tripod mount and pouches.
But, you can also go the IKEA hack way and have a pretty killer foldable shade for $5.99. Photographer Paul Adshead (site | Instagram) sent us this awesome tip:
Watch Art Connoisseurs Unknowingly Analyze a $10 Print from IKEA
The value of art has been at the center of many heated debates, probably ever since the first piece was sold, only being surpassed by the debate on the actual definition of art and what can be considered art.
LifeHunters decided to check what happens when a $10 print from the critically acclaimed Swedish artist Ike Andrews, known to most people as IKEA, is mixed into an art collection worth millions.
Art buffs analyzed and admired the piece; some valued it in the hundreds of thousands and even millions of Dollars, but above all they proved that art is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
While most people got a chuckle out of this experiment, not everybody thought it was amusing. I guess serious art is no laughing matter.
Ikea Hack: Warm Up LED Accent Lighting Using Photography Gels
Installing new LED accent lighting or replacing your old energy wasting halogen under-cabinet lighting with new LED accent lights? Notice that even the “warm white” LED lights are just a touch too white or a touch too harsh compared to the warm glow of the halogen lights you’re used to seeing?
Click the link for a simple way to warm up the look of LED accent lighting for less than $10 in less than two minutes by using photography gels.
Frugality Works! Using an iPhone and an IKEA Lamp For Scanning Film Negatives
Photographer Kasper Vandermaesen is shooting film. That means that his process actually involves chemicals and a lab visit each time a roll is done. For viewing purposes, however, Kaper has his lab scan the film and deliver a digital file.
Unfortunately, on his last visit to the lab, they skipped one of the photographs while scanning and being such a lovely frame, Kasper did not give it up.
It is this kind of stuff that makes new technology interesting, to see how it interacts with whatever’s out there. Kasper used an IKEA lamp and his iPhone to “scan” the photo.
Here is another interesting bit, Kasper went from digital to film, as he tells the Phoblographer:
Automating Product Photography with An IKEA SNUDDA And An RC Car
If you are taking lots of product photos for eBay or Etsy, here is a clever way to automate a 360 product shot courtesy of Rotaryview. (While the video below uses their system for the final gif, you can use other ways group the shots – like combining them into an animated gif)
This is as hard core DIY as it gets using an IKEA SNUDDA, a cheapo RC car and a remote trigger.
We shared a lazy Susan product photography rig before (Snudda is a lazy Susan), but the trick here is using the RC car to keep the table turning in a constant pace. [Read More…]
Using IKEA Limbo For Product Photography
Even if you are not a big fan of IKEA furniture, you have to admit they are a heaven for hacktographers.
Here is the latest IKEA idea from DIYP’s Flickr community member Michele M. F.. Using the BOHOLMEN, a “Washing-up bowl and rinsing basket, white“, as IKEA defines it, as an impromptu light tent, after “helping” it a bit with a dremel.[Read More…]
IKEA Based Ring Light – Redux
Continuous Ring Lights are quite popular as the work both with video and stills. A while back we featured a hack to build a ring light out of on old IKEA lamp called Kvartil chandelier, wich eliminated the woodwork from the common ring light design. Sadly that chandelier has been discontinued for a very long time now.
Luckily, there is a replacement. Photographer Iñigo Alonso found a replacement chandelier, the IKEA Glänsa. While it may look cumbersome at first glance (or glansa) stripped from all the spikes it provides a great ring light base.
There is also a video describing both the build and the wiring (ask for help if you are not familiar with getting zapped with live wires). The vid is in Italian Spanish, but can be pretty much watched on mute if you prefer to avoid the musical language.[Read More…]
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