Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Fun Weekend Project: How to Make a DIY Pop-Up Print

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If you’re looking to make a DIY gift or keepsake, the folks at Photojojo have come up with a great project for you. It’s a clever pop-up photo print that can be packed (and shipped) flat, then opened up to create a 3D version of the photograph of your choosing.

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Recreating the Incredibly Accurate CGI Black Hole in Interstellar with In-Camera Elements

The black hole in the highly-anticipated Christopher Nolan blockbuster Interstellar has already made headlines. Put together with some serious mathematical help from astrophysicist Kip Thorne, it was so accurate he’s actually going to get a few academic papers out of it.

It is, however, 100% CGI and as such outside of our purview as photographers… until now. Just a few days away from the movie’s debut, Shanks FX and PBS decided to recreate the effect using all in-camera elements they’ve shown you how to create before. Read more…

A Durable DIY Remote Shutter Release Inspired by Mechanical Keyboards

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British photographer and graphic designer Jake Howe recently began using a mechanical keyboard, and soon afterward he began wondering whether the same sturdy design could be used for a remote shutter release for his camera.

After some tinkering, Howe ended up making a sturdy and functional remote that features a one-of-a-kind design and a super sturdy build.
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How I Built a Huge Gigapixel Panoramic Robot

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Today I want to share how I created a few huge, Gigapixel photos, using a DIY panoramic head. Actually, it is not a panoramic head, because it not only goes right and left, but also up and down. Read more…

Photographer Turns a Pumpkin Into an Instant Camera with a Holga Lens and Polaroid Back

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Halloween is only a few days away, and while there’s plenty of photography themed carvings and Photoshop tutorials and other such shenanigans floating around, artist and photographer Nic Persinger might have just one-upped them all.

When his neighbors threw a pumpkin carving party, he decided to carve his into a camera… an actual, working instant camera with a Holga lens and Polaroid back and. Read more…

Clever $15 DIY Gear Hack Straps All Your Stray Light Stands Together for Easy Carrying

When it comes to carrying light stands, it’s usually best to use a dedicated case so they don’t get damaged and carrying them is less of a hassle. But there are times when a case isn’t a viable option. This usually leaves you struggling to carry them all at once or making multiple trips to the car just to get your light stands.

Thankfully, Dave Bode from Tuts Plus has come up with a cheap and clever gear-hack that makes carrying several mismatched light stands a lot less awkward.

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Make a Rain Machine to Spice Up Your Portraits for $20 and Some Elbow Grease

When Benjamin Von Wong was commissioned to do a series of black and white portraits of SmugMug employees for the company’s gym, he knew he wasn’t going to be taking the easy route. But just because he was going to try to do something really cool, didn’t mean things needed to get expensive.

To spice up the sporty portraits, Von Wong decided to add water into the equation, and thanks to some help from the folks at SmugMug, they were able to make it rain for only $20.

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DIY: How to Create an Entire Darkroom In a 3.5×7-Foot Closet

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Do you love the smell of fixer on your fingertips and the ominous red glow of the safety light, but don’t have enough space to build your very own darkroom at home? Well, you might want to reevaluate your definition of “enough.”

Instructables user wackybit recently managed to pack an entire darkroom into a decent-sized closet. And rather than keeping it a secret, he was kind enough to share his entire setup with the rest of us poor darkroom-less mortals.

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How to Properly Hang Photos On Any Type of Wall

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While not all of our photographs end up being printed and framed, it helps to possess the knowledge of what it takes to properly hang them when they are. Here to help is this handy, not-so-little infographic that runs through a number of situations that you might come across when looking to adorn your wall with a photograph.

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DIY Special Effects: A Forced Perspective Walkthrough, Back to the Future Style

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For part two of Shanks FX’s Back to the Future series, the DIY Special Effects artist decided to show you how to use forced perspective in your photography, using a model version the iconic Delorean from the cult classic films as an example.

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