Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

DIY: How to Turn Your Canon T2i Into a Full-Fledged Infrared Camera

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“Until the 20th century, ‘reality’ was everything humans could touch, smell, see and hear. Since the initial publication of the chartered electromagnetic spectrum… humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see and hear is less than one millionth of reality.” Read more…

DIY Tip: Using a Shower Curtain as a Diffuser

Sometimes we’re left working with inconsistent or otherwise less-than-ideal light sources. And while we can’t always make bad light good, we can certainly control some of the light quality if we get creative. Showing just how to do that is this clever little DIY Diffusion tip by the guys over at Film Riot.

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18-Year-Old Retrofits an Old Konica Rangefinder with a Sony NEX APS-C Sensor, and It Works

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There are only a small number of cameras on the market these days that allow you to shoot digital photos while manually focusing with a working rangefinder. These cameras also cost quite a bit, so they’re not exactly the type of thing most enthusiasts can pick up on a whim and play with.

Ollie Baker wanted one, but instead of paying the big bucks for one, he decided to convert an old film rangefinder into a working digital rangefinder.
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Video: How to Build a Powerful $500 DIY LED Light Panel for $70

Whether you’re using one to shoot video or stills, LED light panels are a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal. But while they are available from a variety of companies, in a number of sizes and shapes, almost all quality LED light panels come with one, discouraging attachment: the price tag.

Thankfully, the above tutorial from DIY Perks breaks down how you can build your own $500 LED light panel for just under $70. Read more…

This DIY Pinhole Camera Was Inspired by the Iconic Diana F

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Ray Panduro knows most everything there is to know about pinhole cameras. As his previous design shows, he’s a determined artist who can get the job done using fairly standard material and a healthy dose of elbow grease.

Today, he adds another masterpiece to his creative pinhole lineup, a Pinholga that is a recreation of the iconic Diana F medium format point-and-shoot. Read more…

DIY Hack: Turn a Graphing Calculator into a Homebrew Intervalometer in 5 Minutes

If you’ve taken almost any math classes over the last decade, chances are good you have a graphing calculator sitting around in some drawer somewhere. And while we can’t promise you’ll ever use what you learned in Calculus (an engineer friend of mine used to call it ‘calcuseless’) the folks over at JACP Media can help put that old calculator to use by turning it into a homebrew intervalometer. Read more…

$5 DIY Hack Gives Almost Any GorillaPod Magnetic Capabilities

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GorillaPods are an incredible little photography accessory to have in your arsenal. You can pick up a model for cameras as small as a GoPro and as large as a DSLR with a 70–200mm lens attached. Heck, some even come with unique features such as magnets in the feet that allow you to more easily position them onto magnetic surfaces.

As cool as the magnetic ones are though, Instructables user tinstructable realized that Joby’s magnetic options are limited to only the smallest offerings in the GorillaPod lineup. And so, naturally, he came up with a DIY method to turn the larger model into a stronger, more capable magnetic version of his own. Read more…

Awesome DIY Steel and Wood Panoramic Camera Shoots 6×17 Photos, Gets 4 Photos Per Roll of 120 Film

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We’ve shared some pretty awesome DIY cameras with you in the past, and today we’ve run across one of the most impressive to date.

A 6×17 panorama film camera, it was hand-built out of wood and 18-gauge steel by Instructables user mattthegamer463. And you’re welcome to build one yourself or just stare wide-eyed at his. Read more…

Video: Build Your Own Diffusion Panel for Only $30

One of the most versatile tools any photographer can have in their arsenal is a diffusion panel. It can be used in both natural and artificial light and for artificial light it works equally as well in both continuous and strobe lighting. However, if you’re going online to look for a diffusion panel, they’re often a bit expensive for what is essentially a white sheet spread over a frame.

So, to help you cut costs without cutting quality, Tony Roslund has put together a convenient little DIY tutorial that details how to make a rather large diffusion panel for only $30.

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Video: Get Creative with Fishnet Stocking for Filters and Camping Lamps for Lighting

DIY methods are usually done for two main reasons: necessity or experimentation. In the above video, Film Riot uses the latter of the two to see just what they can do to spice up their imagery using items you have laying around the house or cheap objects you can purchase at almost any store.

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