The Retouching Academy just released Part 2 of their series “Storytelling in Concept Photography” with John Flury. I had the chance to ask him some questions about his amazing work and the ideas behind it.
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When I started photography I was very interested in learning everything I can about studio photography. Obviously, I didn’t have a studio back then, so I needed to work with what I had to create photographs that looked just as good as their studio-taken counterparts.
Here are three different backdrops I used to create a high-end feeling to my photos. You can find them all in your house. Plus an additional cool background you can use which is made out of tarpaulin.[Read More…]
Over the years we’ve seen our share of photo booths here at DIYP. However, this guide from Mike Mikkelson (who also runs a photobooth business) is probably the most ever comprehensive guide I’ve seen to date. Aside from covering everything (EVERYTHING) from construction, software, printing and props, the fact that Mike runs is as a business makes it a field tested build. Enjoy!
I had been thinking of building a Photo Booth for a couple of years, but never seemed to get around to it. A good friend is getting married at the end of the year, and I’m am the Official Photographer for the event. In speaking with him about the wedding, he had assigned another friend of ours to create a photo booth. I had mentioned that I could help on that project as I had already done heaps of research on the subject. In chatting with our mutual friend, he was having issues coming up with reasonable solutions, and I brought up additional concerns and options.
- Did the Bride and Groom want an actual booth, as this might limit the number of people who could participate?
- Would an “Open Air Booth” be acceptable, this allowing groups of people to participate?
- Would they want the booth to product prints for the guests, and potentially themselves?
It was decided that a laptop running photo booth software and capturing images from a webcam would just not be good enough for this event. I said that I would take the lead on this and come up with a plan. Here are my personal requirements:
- Must be able to utilize dSRL Canon camera to capture great shots within the booth
- A Booth that is portable, and can be modified to use as a booth and open with a backdrop.
- Built-in Softbox for proper lighting
- Must be self-sufficient and users can figure it out themselves. Not sure if we’ll have an attendant at this event. (Remember, I’m the Official Photog, and can’t consume my time with the booth)
- Booth PC would be internet enabled and wireless
- Images would be automagically uploaded to the internet as backup as they were taken.
- Can be used as either a Photobooth or a Video Booth.
When shooting big shiny curved surfaces, you often want to use big light sources to get even illumination and to avoid hotspots.
Sometime, though, your softboxes are not big enough or you simply dont have enough of them.
Last night I decided I need a small softbox for my flash. Something light, that can be taken apart and constructed from things I could find in my house at 11pm.
A while back we made a little rant towards Westcott’s Apollo. We were upset that using the Apollo (one of my favorite lighting modifiers) as not light stand friendly and required a Boom, a C stand or a VAL to be easily positioned.
The main issue is that with an umbrella softbox the lightstand is entering the middle of the modifiers, basically locking its angle against the stand to be exactly 90 degrees.
Following the great demand, here are 49 Awesome Photography Hacks, Mods And DIY Projects.
Something for everyone with Tripod hacks, lighting hacks, light modifiers mods and a few crazy projects that are simply not classifiable.[Read More…]
Octagonal softboxes (aka octa boxes) are great for when you want nice diffused light. They have a very distinct catch light which some photographers love (and some don’t). In this tutorial, David Schöppe shows how to build a wooden octa.
Is it the cheapest way to get a big octa? At ~$30 it probably is. Assuming that you have way more time than money.
If you are doing portraiture with speedlight, you know that to get soft flattering light, you need to increase the size of the light source. We have featured a few hot shoe softboxes before. In fact the first ever post on DIYP was a small hot shoe strobe’s softbox tutorial. And we also had a poorman’s octabank. But this is the first time we are sharing a cone shaped one by Peter Beckerman. (Sewing skills for the win!)
In the following page I will outline the gear that I use or otherwise recommend from research and from what I’ve heard from fellow photographers.
Is this a full list? Probably not. Does it represent anything but my personal opinion? Definitely not!
Enjoy the list, I hope you’ll get some ideas for your next gear purchase.[Read More…]