It is a setup that produces a nice circle in the background. You can see it in the gridspot article, My Ode to PSU and the shot I took to be the icon of the Babies series. You can also see it used on a large scale portrait here.
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There comes a time at any man’s life, where he enters their workroom oh-my-god-kids-what-is-going-on-room and something smelled funny.
Smells metallic. Burning. My socks on fire? No…. What is it? Smelling my way towards the source, I found it to be my computer. Or more precisely, my four years old power supply’s fan has decided to die on me. A dying fan means that the computer is heating up, which means that blue screens of death will pop in any second now.
I quickly went to the nearest computer store and bought myself a new unit with two fans. I figured if one will die the other one will still be there. Total cost – 65 Dollars. Definitely worth it.
Just before I throw the little guy to the little recycle bin in the sky, I wanted to say good buy in an appropriate, nice way. After all it did give me power for four years.
Loosing my power supply got me thinking that I need better backup to my pictures than the external hard drive I am currently using. After all my pictures are stored on my personal computer. If you have an idea, please post it in the comments section. I also went to reread some of the great stuff Brian has to say about backing pictures up.
So aside from the ode, there is also a setup shot and some explanations after the jump.
Today’s speedlinks comes a little bit before the usual monthly time for the speed links. The reasons for this is that there are several links that I wanted to share and that will have less relevance if they were not published today. Specifically, I am talking about the monthly TimeShoot project which will expire today.
I tried to get a little bit of everything on today’s post and cover studio, digital workflow, photography fun and heavier articles discussing copyright issues. Enjoy the mix.
- The Wall Street Journal lifted my image!
Leggnet Digital Capture
The guys at the Wall Street Journal provide a beacon on how to use photographer’s intellectual property. Rich tells the story of how one of his images was published in the Wall Street Journal without him knowing.
- 35mm pinhole camera
Jim Talkington put up a rocking video showing how he makes his pinhole cameras. It is never a bad time to take some analog shot the old fashioned way.
- Orphan Works bill introduced in US
Orphan Works is kind of a new type of copy right for works that their owner can not be found. Photodoto provides a full premier on the subject. Chase Jarvis thinks the bill is not great, but provides some damage control over what this bill might have been.
- Monthly TimeShoot – May 9th @ 12pm ET!
Shaw is doing his monthly timeshoot project again, and this is a good reason to take the camera out of storage and go out and take some pictures. This timeshoot target is today at 12pm. I like this project, as it can creates a shared work among fellow photographers from all over the world.
- White Seamless Tutorial :: Part 3 :: From White To Black
Zack is running a segmented tutorial on creating and using white seamless backdrops. The first three parts deal with setup and gear, Light management (+ part two) and Black backdrops. A great read for anyone who is doing a home studio.
Photo Netcast is a new pod cast hosted by Antonio Marques, Martin Gommel, Jim M Goldstein and Brian Auer. If you’ll click their names you’ll see that these are serious folks so the ‘cast has to be great as well.
- An Approach to Street Photography
The Online Photographer
Mitch Alland shares the story of how he became a street photographer. A great read in my mind as Mitch shares his reasons, his motivations and more. I found that I could really relate to the story, as I am sure many aspiring photographers can.
- Digital Workflow with Adobe Lightroom
Kerry from L7 photo is doing a series of video Lightroom tutorials. He covers the workflow as well as some tips and tricks. If reading the Lightroom e-book was not enough for you and you want more Lightroom, this is the place for you.
- Color Profiles in Firefox 3
If you are a Firefox surfer, Like 51.82% of DIYP readers, you’ll be glad to know that version 3 of the Fox will support color profiles.
- Lighting 102: 6.2 – Gelling for Tungsten
David Hobby is doing his Lighting 102 session and is now covering strobes and Gels. The first two parts discussed Gelling for Tungsten and Gelling for Fluorescent, and there is an assignment in the horizon, so stay tuned.
Six free photography eBooks (+ two halves) for your reading pleasure. Click the title and go to the download link on the as marked at the end of each section.
This is where the entire DIYPhotography blog started. A complete tutorial on creating a studio from nothing but PVC pipes, Ripstop nylon and Nikon SBs. Creating studio photography systems like the Ghetto Studio, the Backdrop Stand and Reflector Holders, are all covered in this book.
[26 mind expanding pages, click on "Download the Tinker Tubes book"]
Or should I say by The Strobist. The complete nothing but a strobe lighting guide. This is a great book for the starting photographer covering the following topics in depth:
– On The Go Lighting Gear: Clamps, Umbrellas, Swivels, …
– Strobe Lighting Techniques: Bounce, Bare Bulb, Hard Light, Ambient Balancing, and more
– Creative Flashware: Gels, Gobos, Ball Bungees
If you liked the book, you’ll surly love the blog.
[36 pages, click the "mirror" on the UPDATE section at the bottom]
Jpeg mag is one of the better photography magazines out there. This photography magazine features readers photos (selected by readers), and also great articles (written by readers). In fact JPG mag is very similar to an online forum only it is printed. How cool is that?
In fact it is so cool that you can download a PDF version of any issue right from the JPG mag site. Go to "Issues" on the top banner, select the desired issue and click Download PDF on the right hand side. (Of course, you still order the JPG magazine in print).
OK, so this is not exactly a book, which makes it the first half of the six and three halves.
[pages vary, click the download issue on the right hand side]
This is a great book for any digital photographer using Lightroom (and don’t we all). The Image Space is a blog dedicated to Lightroom Tips, and the books covers areas like:
– Using Lightroom full power to organize your images
– Making the best of the develop module
If you liked this book, you can follow the online Lightroom tips and tricks here.
[34 pages, click on "Download the free Lightroom tips eBook"]
Nuts, Bolts, Dye, Polypropylene, Muslin, PVC. What do all those have in common? They are all supplies for one or more DIY Photography projects.
Some projects are very easy and you can get the stuff for them by digging through your drawers or junk cabinet (If you read this post, you must have one). Other projects require a trip to the store. But which store?
This post is about helping other photographer find what they are looking for and help you find what you are looking for.
The subject of common mails and comments that I receive is asking about where to get the materials for different projects.
Since I do not live in the United States, I don’t always know where to get some of the stuff. DIYP European readers share the same problem; some of the most available supplies in the US are nowhere to be found in Europe.
So, this is where this post comes to the rescue. In the table below, I am going to list some of the more popular projects and the materials that I get allot of questions about. I’d love it if you can help fellow photographers to find some of the stuff. Post the name of your favorite stores, web stores or links to where you get your DIY supplies.
One of the things I like most on DIYP is the strong warm community that has build around it. It is more and more often that readers are sending ideas, hacks and modifications that far surpass any ideas that might be having on the late hours of the night.
Joe has tested several options before going with the cheapest and easiest solution I have seen so far. Here are his thoughts and reasons for designing a whole new Pocket wizard mount from scratch. In my mind all the other alternatives are very good and offer some advantages, but Joe’s mount is the best of class. (Check them all for great mounting ideas.)
The previous article showed how to take great liquid product shots, though the set up can work for both liquids and solids.
In this part of the tutorial Nick will show a modification of the setup that allows you to add some color effects to the shot. If you like it, stop by Nick’s flickr stream and say “Hi”. In addition to showing your appreciation, you’ll get some great studio images and setup shots. Now for todays exiting twist:
I always keep my eye on the strobist flickr pool. It is one of the best places to get your lighting ideas. The other day, I saw a cool Corona shot there made by Nick Wheeler. Nick was so kind to share his lighting technique with DIYP readers. So, the following article is a guest post by Nick Wheeler, If you like this tutorial as much as I did stop by Nick’s flickr stream and say “Hi” (You’ll also get a nice dose of fine images).
Just recently, I became the proud owner of a new dining room table. Not a massively exciting announcement you might think (and you would be right), but what was getting me excited was the fact that it had a frosted glass top. While my significant other was wondering where to put it and what to do with the old table, I was thinking “I wonder what would happen if I stuck a flash underneath it?”
The answer at first was a little disappointing but after a while I was getting some pretty good results, particularly with bottles and containers of liquid. I was finding that with light coming from underneath it was helping light up the liquid and giving it a nice glow. The only problem I was having was the table top itself. The glass was dimpled, not smooth, and while that gave a nice effect, it was not ideal for every shot. The answer of course was a spot of DIY!
Not long ago David X. Tejada (blog, site) posted a video showing his setup for a firm executive shot. You can watch the video at the end of this post. One thing that I believe pushes me forward as a photographer is learning the techniques of great photographers like David X. Tejada, and then apply them on creative ideas that I have. Note that for this learning technique to work, you can not copycat an image (there is another technique of trying to reproduce an image to learn the lighting, but that is another story).
Usually on this site I describe ways to deal with shadows in pictures. This is because shadows can distract the viewer from the main subject. Shadows also often create high contrast that gives the sensor some hard time. In past articles I’ve shown how to eliminate the shadows, minimize them, diffuse them and even bounce to get rid of them.
But what if? What if there was a way to turn the shadow into a friend, to make the shadow so distracting, it will become the subject itself?
In this article I’ve decided to face the enemy and make it a friend. Here are eight ways to get a great shadow picture: