Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami has a true DIY spirit. He loves repurposing old and broken stuff and turning them into camera gadgets (or even into an actual camera). This time he combined a broken flash and an old watch and created a powerful, wearable camera flash.
By now most everyone dabbling in analog photography has seen articles on the use of “Caffenol”, “Beerinol”, “Redwineol” where people have developed film in mixtures of coffee, beer, red wine. While these can be fun experiments with show-able results they are somewhat pricey developers. Aside from the coffee-beer-wine you also need fairly consumptive amounts of sodium carbonate (wash soda) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to make it work. We are going to pare that down a bit.
Sometimes the simplest solutions give the best result. After all, finding simple and cheap solutions is one of the main reasons why we turn to the DIY approach. Canada-based photographer Rafal Wegiel made his own bokeh wall using nothing but tin foil. With color gels and the right lighting, he shot amazing, colorful portraits in his own home. We chatted with Rafal about how he did it, so you can try this neat idea in your studio or even at home.
When you’re shooting landscapes in bright sunlight, a sunstar can be a really neat addition to your images. You won’t always capture it in-camera, and in this case, you can add a sunstar in post. Christian Möhrle of The Phlog Photography has created custom sunstar overlays which he can later add to images. In this video, he’ll show you how you can make your own with practically no budget.
For those of us born in the 1970s and ’80s, this new phenomenon of mottled, cloudy backdrops appearing in modern portraits is an odd one. You see, back when we were kids, we had horrendously cheesy family and school portraits taken in front of these bizarrely arranged patterns, so to us, it’s pretty weird to see these painted, cloudy backdrops now grace the covers of Vogue and Tatler.
Shooting with only available light can be quite a challenge sometimes. The same goes for shooting in small spaces, as well as shooting in ugly locations. But what happens when all three conditions meet? Can you imagine taking professional-looking fashion photos in a tiny, ugly backyard shed with nothing but available light? Irene Rudnyk can, and as a matter of fact, she did an amazing job shooting in these conditions. In this video, she shows you how she did it, so you can learn how to take magnificent shots even in impossible conditions.
3D printing has come such a long way in the last few years. As developments in printer design and software have progressed, it’s become a lot easier to make some pretty accurate prints. One photographer, though, Nick Sherlock, decided to test the limits of his 3D printer to make a 300mm long extension tube allowing him to extend the magnification of his Sigma 180mm f/3.5 APO Macro DG HSM lens.
What would you do with a computer you used 20 years ago? Most of us would take it to a recycling center, perhaps feel a bit emotional about ditching it, and that’s about it. But Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami had other plans for his old, broken computer. He dismantled it and turned it into a working large format camera.