Homemade Soft Boxes

by on October 28, 2013

in Lighting

5 completed softboxes

I recently decided that I wanted to take my food photography up to another level, and in order to really make that work, I needed some soft boxes to better diffuse light.

The problem was that all of the available soft boxes I could find cost upwards of $100 apiece (and I would certainly need at least two soft boxes to make my setup work). Since this was just a project for sharing amongst my friends, rather than for paying work, I couldn’t justify the expense. [click to continue…]

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DIY Camera Bag

My Vivitar camera backpack has way outlived its shelf life, with ripped dividers and nowhere near enough protection for my gear, and it was time for a replacement. Initial research showed that nearly any of the name brand offerings were out of reach, ranging from $130 for the Think Tank Retrospective Bags, to $300-400 for their rolling cases. While these products are worth every penny typically, my lean budget wasn’t going to accomodate it.

A Cheesycam article perked my interest in creating my own solution out of a padded divider from Calumet, along with a cheap rolling suitcase from a big box store, but those dividers are currently backordered. With the possibility of this sort of solution in mind, I set out to find something similar. [click to continue…]

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Have you ever wondered the path that a pack takes after you mail it? All the vehicles on which it travels and hands that touch it?

Ruben van der Vleuten, Industrial and Interaction designer, put a hidden camera in a package to capture its journey, which you can see the below video. [click to continue…]

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DIY Camera Bike Mount

by on May 27, 2011

in Other

Looking for a way to mount a lightweight camera on your bike for some creative videos or stop motion? Check out the super-cheap DIY guide below. [click to continue…]

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Check out this $56 Coleman LED lantern kit, which breaks down into 4 separate LED lights with rechargeable batteries.

Of course, Coleman designed this as a camping accessory; however, it looks like it could work well as a compact remote light setup for video.  Obviously, it’s not for everyone, but if you are looking for a DIY light kit for your budget videos, this might fit the bill.

Check out the video below where the guys from Cameratown give it a go. [click to continue…]

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This is a pretty intense video that documents the disassembly and resurrection of a cheap Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens into a SuperMacro version of the same lens.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

[via PetaPixel]

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