You want a backdrop that perfectly matches your vision and that is easy on your budget? Photographer Lui Cardenas shares a simple method for painting your own canvas backdrop. You will need an idea, a couple of Home Depot items and some free time, and you can paint your own canvas backdrop just as you want.
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Product photography can be really creative and fun. We’ve often seen it related to interesting DIY solutions, such as the “IKEA lamp hack” or my all-time favorite “garbage can hack.” This time, Eric Strebel shares with you a DIY solution for product photography lighting. It’s a cheap and super-lightweight LED softbox. It’s detachable and adjustable, so you can adapt it to any studio setup you use.
Shock mounts are the best friend you can have for a boom mic. They eliminate all kinds of vibration and handling noise from your audio recording. Some microphones come with one, but you’ll often have to buy your own separately. Or, you can do like DIYCameraGuy, Michael Lohrum, and make your own using flexible gear ties. And in this video, he shows us how to make one.
There is an almost endless supply of lighting modifiers available on the market right now, some are cheap and some of the better ones are certainly a lot more expensive. But does cost directly relate to quality? Well, a lot of the time yes it does if you’re referring to build quality.
In general, the more you spend, the more well-made and durable the modifier will be. But does that extra money you spend mean you’re getting a better lighting modifier overall? I would have to say no, in fact for less than £15/$20 you can get some stunningly beautiful light from a homemade lighting modifier. Read on to see examples of the stupidly cheap DIY lighting modifiers I’m referring too.
If you need a shoulder rig, but your budget is super-low, young filmmaker Mike Fink has a cheap, yet totally stylish DIY solution. He made his own shoulder rig out of wood and shared the details of the build in his latest video. The rig he made traveled with him across the country, and he shared some photos with DIYP. So, if you wanna feel like Robin Hood, but shoot videos instead of arrows, check out this DIY rig.
Clear, well-lit photos of your projects are among the best ways to share your work with others. Few techniques highlight your project as well as an all white light box with soft, even, shadow-free lighting. Not only is the white background distraction free, it will also serve to bounce your light source onto your object from nearly all angles.
This is an effective, inexpensive, and easy way to build a light box for project and product photography. Plus, you can quickly break it down for flat storage, and set it back up in seconds!
If you make a lot of product shots, especially with small items, I’ve found a wonderful DIY build for you. It’s a turntable you can make yourself, it requires no motor and it’s super-cheap. You’ll spend around $20 and a couple of minutes to make it, and get great results.
Motorized turntables for product photography are not that expensive (around $100). But if you can make your own for 5 times less money and in just a few minutes – why wouldn’t you? Jordan Carrasquillo of New Amsterdam Photo Video shows you how to build this great solution for 360 product videos and photos, along with some shooting and editing tips.
Do you prefer natural light over studio light? Peter McKinnon does, and in his latest tutorial, he shows a simple way to make your own “natural light” when you don’t have enough of the real one. And not only is it simple, but you can make this setup for about $80, maybe even less. If you shoot and/or live in a place with little natural light, this setup is a lifesaver.
Opteka’s GLD-400 47-inch slider is pretty cheap at around $80, but if you want to add a motor to it ,things get a bit more pricy.
Chris of Midwest Lenticular needed something a bit more motorized so he cobbled together one of the nicest (and cheapest) motorized sliders I’ve seen to date.
I hear you…. using a readymade slider can barely qualify as a DIY, to this I say: 1. see if you can source the individual parts any cheaper and there is still a hefty bit of DIY with adding a motor.
Have you suffered crushing disappointment from never realizing your dreams of becoming a camera maker? I haven’t, but, hey…it’s your story; write it any way you choose.
However, if you have always wanted to construct your own camera on the cheap, Pixel Análogo has come to your rescue. They detail (in Spanish) how to construct your own pinhole camera using trash and materials around your house, AND they provide free, downloadable templates to help you along the way.