Photogrpher Miguel Vicente build one of a most complete steadycam systems I’d ever seen DIYed. This is one of the projects where a workshop and free time can save big time. A commercial version will set you back about $700. [Read More…]
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Sometimes, for various reasons, you need to shoot from a very low vantage point. In my “cozy” studio, which you might remember seeing in my video – “intro-duck-tion”, that happens quite a bit.
The shortest tripod I own is sometimes still not quite short enough, and handholding is not always an option. So I recently made this floor plate.
While the glue was drying, I looked up similar items on the open market and found that there are a few options out there, but they cost between $50.00-150.00, and in my opinion they are often too light and/or too small to offer true stability and support for a heavy – possibly front heavy – camera. Many of the DIY solutions I came across were also overly complicated.
So, I built my own, which cost me about $20.00, and is now already ready for action.[Read More…]
This is why I was very pleasantly surprised to get this sweet, sweet mail from Ryan Belenzon, directing me to a clip produced for Relax To Paris:
“I shot the following music video with the Bokeh Master Kit. Thanks for making such a helpful product!”
If you are reading this via RSS, you may wanna click here for the video
I particularly love 1:13, and 1:29. Heck I love the entire clip.[Read More…]
I am probably the last person anyone want to hand an “artsy” device to. I shoot quick, have not tolerance for fiddling around and I hate the canned look for most “alternate” processes that are inherent in a camera’s performance profiles. So maybe the owners of this site did the LensBaby people a big disservice and then again, maybe not…..
The good guys over at Age of Rockets are sharing their DIY design for a video dolly. Me likey. Unlike the iPhone Dolly or the PVC Skater Dolly which are for small cameras, this one allows you to mount a full fledged tripod on it. Probably a light camera only, but still better than a skateboard :).
The dolly also comes with a set of cheap aluminum angle bars rails (~$10 for 96″ @ HomeDepot) for smooth motion.
Basically it is nothing more than a few pieces of aluminum angle, some wood and bolts and 6 roller blade wheels. Did I say quick and dirty yet?[Read More…]
Glass is one of the hardest thing to photograph. It is transparent, hard to define, and punish for every spec of dust. In this post, we will explore two cheap, easy ways to ease the pain of shooting glass. And get stuffed with Pringles while doing so.
Bright Field and Dark Field are two lighting techniques used to shoot glass I first saw the term while reading Light Science & Magic though the principles are probably way older then the book.
As a child we used to have a special plastic container in the fridge. The battery container. At any given moment it had a about two dozen batteries.
As I grew up and started to use a camera (a used Nikon F70) and a strobe (A used SB28), and then 5 strobes it was only natural come up with a better system.
A system that would be kind to mother earth on one hand, and will allow me to shoot as much as I want on the other. The system evolved over the years, and will probably keep changing. This is where I stand now.
2011 definitely has a foot in the door. How’s it treating you? Nicely? I hope so.
[This is not going to be a how to shoot this or that post, but rather a challenging post for you that I hope will help you push yourself more this year as a photographer pro or amateur. (If you just want the how to stuff, feel free to skip this one, some great stuff coming on the next post).]
A while back I spoke about how important it is to have a plan in place if you want to meet your goals. Of course, It helps to have a goal that you want to meet if you are in the plans making business. And often a goal is the first part of any plan. [picture courtesy Zeke Kamm][Read More…]
We all love to take great pictures, but sometimes the well of ideas runs dry. All we need is a little inspiration or a new piece of gear to get to work.
This is why I am thrilled to offer this 33% off inspirational/gear promo.
It features both a tool of inspiration and our very own Home Studio Photography eBook for gear.
With the blast of HDSLR comes the need to create a more comfortable way of shooting video with SLR shaped bodies. You can get one for about $2000 or make your own for about 7$.
All you would need for that is a IKEA cutting boards, a stove, and some pipes.
Yes, I did say IKEA cutting board.[Read More…]