If you’re into retro instant photos or macro photography, you’re gonna like this video. And if you’re into both, plus you have a limited budget, then you’re gonna love it! Dave Knop aka Knoptop has discovered a $35 instant camera that lets you take photos only a few inches away from your subject. He even upgraded it with some DIY tricks and took some cute instant macro prints.
How to create an epic orbiting 360° timelapse rig using PVC pipe and an egg timer
Perhaps you’ve already used an egg timer to add some motion to your timelapse videos. But have you tried turning it into an orbiting 360° timelapse rig? With a PVC pipe and a few more simple and cheap “ingredients,” you can raise your timelapse videos to a whole new level. In this video, Dave Knop a.k.a. Knoptop will show you how.[Read More…]
How to make a DIY camera lens desk light
If you’re a photographer, chances are that someone has bought you a lens mug so far. Or maybe you already have a few of those (I know I do). We all know more than one lens mug is just too much – so why not repurpose it? In this video, Dave Knop a.k.a. Knoptop will show you how to turn a lens mug into a desk lamp. It’s simple to make and it looks pretty neat!
Eight ways to use a garbage bag in your photo and video shoots
A plastic bag is one of those things that are always handy to have in your gear bag. In this video, Dave Knop a.k.a. Knoptop shows you eight ways a simple garbage bag can make your life easier. So, here are the “trashy” shooting hacks for shooting photos of videos.
How to make your own DIY portable green screen with PVC pipe and a pillow case
If you don’t quite have the budget to kill off green screen yet, or perhaps even the budget for a proper green screen, there are other options. For Dave Knop, the answer was some green pillow cases he found at his local Goodwill. In this video, he shows us how he turned them into a portable green screen panel with the help of some PVC pipe.
Make a cheap DIY follow focus from a keychain
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best ones. This video from Dave Knop a.k.a. Knoptop shows one of such solutions. He uses a simple stretchy keychain to make follow focus, and it seems like this stretchy wristband is a handy knick-knack to have around.
These are the 8 most essential video tips for DIY filmmakers
As a DIY Filmaker, one’s budget is often quite tight. You’ve spent a bunch of money on your cameras lenses and lights, but now the pot is close to empty. There are so many other little things that we need to buy, and they all add up.
To help ease the wallet a little, Dave Knop (aka Knoptop) comes to the rescue. Dave has put together his list of the 8 of what he believes to be the most useful video tutorials for DIY Filmmakers. And it’s all thanks to the magic of (a broken) television!
Use this simple trick to instantly improve your smartphone vlogs and selfie videos
Phones are great for recording video of yourself. The big advantage is that big LCD letting you see what you’re doing while you’re filming. But they also have that big LCD that you constantly stare at while talking instead of the camera lens. So, when you watch the video back, you always appear to be looking slightly off to the side of the viewer. Not at the viewer.
Those using DSLRs, mirrorless or even point & shoots to vlog probably won’t benefit from this one. But this tip from YouTuber and vlogger, Dave Knop (aka, Knoptop) will help to instantly solve that problem with your phone. And all you need are some some sticky labels.
Quick Tip: How to never lose track of charged & discharged batteries again
Keeping track of batteries is a pain. We have to change them so much more often in our cameras now. Especially since the advent of live view LCDs and video. So, most of us keep a well stocked supply of spares, particularly with small juice suckers like action cameras. But when you go out to shoot, how do you keep track of which are charged and which are depleted?
One option is to keep separate sections of a bag, or even separate bags for each. But things can often get mixed up easily. You could just write numbers on them and just use them sequentially, but that’s easy to lose track of. Here’s a solution from Knoptop that’s simple and pretty effective, just using some small rubber bands.
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