Smartphone cameras are now advanced enough to give us many possibilities for shooting photos and videos. But with some tricks and DIY magic, you can make your work much, much better without spending lots of money. In this video, COOPH brings you a selection of their six best DIY rigs for smartphone photography and video. They’re affordable, easy to make, and they’ll help you add a new dimension to your smartphone shots.
I have used an electric cigarette as a small smoke machine. My first version was bit and pieces glued together but that wasn’t very robust and broke. No that I have a 3D printer I wanted to revisit this project and make it properly.
Smokers can suck smoke to their lungs and blow big clouds of smoke. I’m not a smoker myself so that will only end up in coughing. So I wanted to reverse the operation and directly blow air into the cigarette and get smoke out directly. This way I also get great precision where the smoke goes, much more than with traditional smoke machines.
I’ve become obsessed with this dog bed stand, and have taken it to a new level. Here is my updated tutorial to build your own dog bed newborn poser!
My last post described how I added an adjustable backdrop to the dog bed…but it wasn’t good enough for me. I decided I needed to raiser the posing surface up about 6-8″ so I could easily sit at the poser and comfortable pose baby. My current poser is way to to tall, and I have to do this creepy squat/hunch while posing, which isn’t great for my back (and I’m sure it doesn’t look amazing either). The first dog bed hack I created was good, but a little bit too low. I could BARELY squeeze my legs under while sitting “criss cross applesauce” and I worried that I would have to lean too far forward to pose baby.
UK-based photographer Brendan Barry has turned quite a lot of places into giant cameras obscurae. He’s now in isolation like most of us, so even his bedroom became one. You may want to try something like that, but your family doesn’t share your enthusiasm. Well, here’s a plan B: use your garden shed. In this video, Brendan guides you through the transformation process that turns a boring old shed into a working camera obscura with built-in darkroom.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself placing my camera onto stacks of boxes and books more times than I can count. Sometimes, the tripod’s not around when you need it, so you just have to work with what you’ve got. Well, if you’ve got a table lamp around, Peter McKinnon will show you how to turn it into a tripod. And it will literally take you only ten seconds to do it.
Photographer Brendan Barry has turned some huge objects into cameras. He started with a $200 camper, then used a shipping container, and finally turned an entire floor of a skyscraper into a working camera obscura with a darkroom. Considering that most of us are closed in our homes these days, how does it sound turning your bedroom (or any room) into a camera obscura? Or better yet, a camera obscura you can take photos with? Well, you can do it with stuff you already have at home.
For his latest project, Brendan has turned his daughter’s bedroom into a camera obscura and his bathroom into a darkroom. He guides you through the process in the video below, so you can build your own “room-camera,” too.
There are so many things in our household that we could use for DIY projects. Some of them we use every single day for their primary purpose, but they can easily become our best friends when taking photos or shooting videos. If you’re on a budget or just need some quick and simple DIY solutions, check out this video from Chadwin Smith. He shares ten household items that you can use for your filmmaking and photo projects, and we all have them at home.
What do you do when a piece of gear breaks or you forget to bring it to the shoot? Or if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford all of the professional gear you’d like? Well, you improvise and DIY it, right? I personally love turning stuff I already have into photo gear, so I loved this video from Cinecom.net. Watch as Jordy Vandeput shares nine awesome ideas for turning simple cardboard into all sorts of photo and filmmaking gear. These are all cheap, quick, and simple to make – so let’s check them out.
How many times did you have a great idea for a video, but then you realized you don’t have the budget high enough to get all the gear you need for it? Well, the DIY approach always comes to the rescue in these situations. In this video, Dan Mace shares five of these DIY ideas he calls “sh*tty rigs.” Some of them are just hilarious, but hey – they work!