Do It Yourself

 

Photograph Sound & Heat Waves with this $9 DIY Schlieren Flow Visualization Setup

Schlieren Flow Visualization is a rather fascinating technique by which you can see and capture the differences in air pressure caused by various forces such as sound or heat.

And if the video we shared recently explaining/showing off this photographic trick had you yearning to try it for yourself, you’re in luck, because there’s a way you can create your own DIY Schlieren Flow setup for only $9. Read more…

7 Simple DIY Photography Tips and Tricks Using Only Household Items

The team over at COOPH today shared an insightful video that describes 7 DIY photography tips that use nothing more than items you have lying around the house. From can koozies to tights, a number of unusual household products make a cameo and help you add a unique, homemade element to your photo game. Read more…

DIY: All-in-One Light Grid Diffuser and Cool Background Made from Plastic Bottles

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We wouldn’t exactly describe it as ‘elegant,’ but this little DIY project by Instructables user pizzidave is both functional and extremely easy to make. Requiring almost no DIY ‘skill’ of any kind, you can create a cool background and grid diffuser for yourself using some plastic bottles and rubber bands. Read more…

Make Your Own DIY Steadicam for $20 and a Bit of Elbow Grease

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The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can afford one.

And so, since production models range in price from a several hundred to a several thousand, a number of tool-savvy people have set out to create their own DIY options. One such example is this extremely solid and good-looking creation by Instructables user and photographer survival434 Read more…

DIY: How to Protect Your DSLR at a Color Festival or Run for Just 15 Bucks

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There are a ton of posts that’ll have you scared to take a DSLR to a color festival or run. I want to share my own color-proof seal for the Holi Festival of Colors in Utah that managed to keep my DSLR completely clean for under $15. Read more…

Photographer’s Handmade Promo Mailer is Beyond Impressive

Photographer Clint Davis doesn’t do simple. Featured on PetaPixel almost four years ago when he created an unforgettable promotional mailer, his second attempt at the same is even more impressive. Read more…

This Impressive DIY Human-Sized Lightbox Creates Even Lighting Anywhere in Minutes

When trying to perfectly light an object, there’s a method of shooting it inside of an environment called a lightbox — essentially a 360° softbox that emulates the soft, natural, even lighting you would get on an overcast day.

Lightboxes are fairly small in size, meant for lighting small objects for product photographs and so on. But what if it were possible to create a human-sized lightbox for use with people? It turns out you can, and in the BTS video above, photographer Kevin Lynch shows off his version. Read more…

3D Printed DIY Macro Adapter Makes a Tilt-Shift Lens from Any Nikon F Mount Glass

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When it comes to DIY tilt-shift, there are a few different options out there, but none of them that we’ve seen are quite as impressive and practical as this 3D printed method from Instructables user Cpt.Insano. Read more…

Super Simple and Cheap DIY Ring Light for Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

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One of the most sought after lighting accessories is a ring light. Meant to create a unique aesthetic, a ring light is a great way to add a sharp, but direct light source to any image. The problem is, ring lights don’t come cheap, and are rarely meant for smaller cameras.

Thankfully, there’s now a DIY solution for you hands-on types. Thanks to Instructables user alpacalypse, you now have a step-by-step guide to creating a ring light for your typical point-and-shoot camera. Read more…

DIY Hack: Add a 3-Stop ND Filter to Super Curved Fisheye Lenses

The Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 lens is one of the best options for photographers wanting to get in on the super-wide-angle action with as little of an investment as possible.

One problem with this lens, however — and it’s the same with most fisheye lenses — is the curved front element. With such a dramatic curve, the use of filters on such a lens is almost impossible… almost. Read more…