You can make yourself a quick and simple snoot by cutting off the upper portion of a soda bottle and covering it with gaffer tape. While it’s definitely not the most elegant solution, it’s a cheap way to isolate your subject when shooting with a flash unit.
How To Make A Snoot From A Coca-Cola Bottle [DIYPhotography]
Image credits: Photographs by Lior Kraisler
Udi over at DIYPhotography has announced a cookie cutter set you can use to make camera shaped cookies. Each set contains 3 cutters shaped like three types of cameras — SLR, TLR, and Rangefinder — and costs $18.
Camera Cookie Cutters [DIYPhotography Store]
DIYPhotography has a neat tutorial on how you can build a DIY Lensbaby lens with cheap parts. The ingredients list consists of a macro extension tube, some electric tape, a macro filter set, and a pipe clamp.
Build a Lynny – A DIY Lensbaby [DIYPhotography]
Buying an illuminated white background for high-key lighting (or to use as a giant softbox) can set you back hundreds of dollars. Fortunately, you can create something similar on the cheap using simple white bedsheets, some PVC pipes, and some lights. Assemble the PVC pipes into a square frame, stretch the bedsheet over the frame, and illuminate the bedsheet from behind. You’ll want to blow out the white area on the street for evenly white lighting. Check out the full build tutorial over on DIYPhotography.
A Light Wall Of Light From Bed Sheets And PVC [DIYPhotography]
P.S. You can also try sticking a bedsheet over a window or doorway to get a sunlit softbox. Thanks Jeremiah!.
Image credit: Photograph by David Dicarlo
DIYPhotography.net has launched a new line of lighting equipment that brings the IKEA concept of self-assembly to camera equipment. The two DIY Lighting Kits announced today are the DIY Ring Flash Kit and the Double Flash Bracket.
Udi Tirosh is the blogger behind DIYPhotography.net and the creator of the Bokeh Masters Kit.
PetaPixel: Can you tell us about yourself and your background?
Udi Tirosh: I started photographing when I was in high school, and like lots of amateurs photographers I did photowalks, studio sessions and all the family events. At some point, I started DIYPhotography for the fun of it and thought of myself as a high-tech guy who photographs and has a site. DIYP has evolved beyond my expectations and for a long while I changed the order of my self definition to blogger who also takes pictures. Today, I am finding that I am slowly gaining photography as being first.
Steven Monteau is a French photographer who creates wild do-it-yourself cameras, including “the Jaw” and “the Guillotine”. His latest creation, the Battlefield pinhole camera, uses 3 rolls of 35mm film and exposes them simultaneously to capture unique looking images.
Here’s an example of what the Battlefield camera can do. It’s a photograph taken by Monteau titled “Meriadeck under attack !!!”:
The best part is, you can make one of these things yourself! The complete do-it-yourself tutorial for this extensive project is posted over at DIYPhotography.net, but be warned: the project likely requires countless hours, loads of patience, and existing skill with your hands.
If you do end up making one of these bad boys, don’t forget to leave a comment sharing your resulting photographs!
Image credits: Photographs by Steven Monteau