Wooden handgrips or kinogrips are becoming more and more popular. I’ve had my DIY grips for a couple years now and I get compliments on them constantly when I’m out on shoots – but besides being a conversation starter they’re ergonomic, practical, durable, and can be used on a variety of camera rigs. Most of the time these retail for nearly $100 or more, but today, we’ll be making our own wooden handgrips for around $12 per grip. We’re going to be making two different styles – some round / spherical ones, and some traditional/contoured ones.
We’ve all seen Eric Pare’s DIY light tubes for light painting, but these ones from Adam Rahn at DroiMedia are a little bit different. These ones are designed for video. They’re to emulate lights like the Quasar Science and CAME-TV tubes. These DIY options are relatively inexpensive, easy to build and allow you to customise them to your own shooting needs.
If you need a light tent you can easily carry anywhere, Adam Rahn of DroiMedia has a fantastic DIY solution. In this video, he shows you how to make your own portable booth for product photography. It’s simple to make, easy to carry around, and it will cost you no more than $10 to build.
Scrim jims, butterflies, overheads, 4×4 frames, whatever you want to call them, are a staple on most film sets – and for good reason. They can be used to turn almost any light into a large soft light source; they can be used to even out the light during outdoor shoots; and you can use them, with a dark fabric, as large flags. They’re versatile, they’re sturdy, they’re portable, and by building them ourselves, they’re certainly worth having one or two in your kit. Matthews and Westcott, among others, make these that you can pick up for $150 – 200, but today we’re going to make our own for around $80.
I had seen some Think Tank Red Whips online earlier this year, and even though they weren’t very expensive to begin with, like most DIYers I thought “I could make those myself….for cheaper.” So I did.