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Imperial candelabra

(7 years ago)
During the Napoleonic Days of Ajaccio, imperial flags are out.Napoleonic days are held every...

Cala La Muerte

(7 years ago)
Beatifull beach in the west side of Formentera island, close to Las Dunas.

Castelluccio 2011

(7 years ago)
Meeting di Castelluccio 2011 per Silvio1953.Grazie Silvio per le belle giornate trascorse insieme.

Lumière chaude

(7 years ago)
Angle de la rue Étienne Marcel et du boulevard de Chanzy à Montreuil-sous- Bois Je revenais d'un...

Le Havre Harbour - François 1er lock

(7 years ago)
Passing the locsk might be the last quiet moment before ocean passage on such big container vessels.

Using Dropbox To Manage Projects With Big Files

(7 years ago)
Recently I was involved in a video production for the DIY Lighting Kits that demanded synchronization between a large number of participants. Well, that is usually the case right, you have the photographer (or more than one), the editor, a retoucher sometimes, a sound man,  and a client. It can get even more complex if you have even more stakeholders to the project. how do you sync them all? In this post, I want to share my personal experience with Dropbox a semi-free file synchronization solution. (Here is my personal subscription link, if you sign up through this, both you and I get some extra space)Before diving into the technical solution a few words about projects. The ability of ad-hock teams to organize like this to meet a project creative goals and deadlines is truly amazing. Only a few years back it was not really possible to work with a scattered team like this unless you were working for a big organization with a pricey network and expensive servers. For me this means freedom. Freedom to hire better craftsmen regardless of their physical location. Freedom to interact faster and on a deeper level with fellow photographers, and freedom to put my efforts into my core business rather than deal with bureaucracy and technicalities.read more

Five (+1) Awesome Unorthodox Ways To Use Fireworks In Photography

(7 years ago)
For our American friends the 4th of July poses a great opportunity to go out and have lots of fun with fireworks.And there is only one thing better than playing with fireworks, and that is photographing them. Here are some great tutorials to incorporate fireworks of all kinds into your photography.read more

Film Development With Coffee And Vitamin C

(7 years ago)
Here is a hack we have never explored before, film development. If you ever been to a darkroom (and I mean the real ones, not those that come with a wacom tablet) you know that have a certain... hmmmmm... smell to them. The good guys over at make show us how to develop film in an even more stenchier way (if you can say that) using coffee and vitamin C.read more

Friday Quicky - Build a Pop Up Diffuser From A Heavy-Duty Funnel

(7 years ago)
We have featured a bunch of pop up flash diffused before as a poorman's alternative to getting some nice diffused light. Build materials ranged from cardboard, through cloth hanger and headphone packaging.The idea is that light coming of the pop up flash will hit the diffusion panel and then two things can happen: 1. Flash will appear bigger since it is coming from the scrim so light will be softer and/or2. light will be scattered over the room and bounced back from ceiling and walls, again provided softer light.All those hacks come with a price, they eat light like bears eat honey so be aware.This new contraption by John Sloan (FB) uses a Heavy-Duty 1-Pint Funnel. read more

Shoot Big Cars With A DIY Huge Scrim

(7 years ago)
There are lots of ways to use a large scrim, you can use it to create partial shade, reflect natural light, or fire strobes into it (from either side) for a diffused light source. When your subject matter is really big - like say a car - you need a really big scrim if you want to create a large soft light source. Large scrims and frames can run into some serious money. This is still relevant if you shot with a Specialized Car Rig.This guy did just that to shoot some random cars. (by this guy I mean Roberto Bigano, and by random cars I mean some Bugatti's)read more

Trigger Trap Will Press The Shutter Button When Anything Happens

(7 years ago)
Our pal Haje Jan Kamps from Photocritic came up with a pretty smart kickstarters project - the Trigger Trap. This should not come as a surprise if you've seen the passion Haje put into what turned out to be the early forefather for this project - a DIY laser trigger.The main premise of this device is that it will trigger your camera based on events. Or act as an interlevometer to create a time lapse.Out of the box Trigger Trap will support the following traps:read more

Lightscythe Is The Mother Of All Light Painting Sabers

(7 years ago)
Gavin from Sydney (Flickr user Mechatronics) came up with this amazing application for programmable LED strips. Using an small Arduino to control 2m programmable LED strip inside an acrylic tube he created the ultimate light painting saber. Gavin uses the Arduino and a Xbee wireless set to send images and text that appear as light painting when he swipes the saber at long exposure.The applications are endless, as the set of images below suggests. Spesifically, I am waiting for the light painting marriage proposal.Here comes the cool bit, the entire build tutorial can be found on Gavin's site here. read more

Create Triple Pop Splashes By Firing Three Strobes

(7 years ago)
I love how Corrie White (yea, the ultimate super splash guide Corrie) approached the issue of creating a multi-splash.The hardest or most technically challenging path, of course, would be to actually make three splashes and somehow take their picture. One level down would be taking three exposures and merging them in post.But Corrie had what seems to be a better and simpler approach - doing it all in camera.Usually, when using a few strobes in a single splash shot, the strobes are fires simultaneously to increase power output. (Remember? Low powered pop equals a short burst of light equals less motion blur. Since the strobes are set to low power, you need more of them to get more light).Corrie took a similar yet completely different path, using three gelled strobes that fired one after another, he was able to capture three stages of the splash in a single frame.read more

Why I Did Not Bring A Camera To The Most Important Event In My Life

(7 years ago)
First, meet MikMik (tmp name), the newest addition to our family. She joined us tonight at 2:38 AM at a staggering weight of 2 kilos and 250 grams. She's a beauty, isn't she?She's a fighter. We know that after this past week. And to make a long story short, we knew that she would be born today.Knowing when you are going to give birth is an amazing thing. I think that is a good reason that god/our biology do not let us in on that date in advance. It is just too much stress.But, knowing when you are going to go in labor (it's interesting that they chose that word right?) gives you time to prepare.So, just like any other loving male, I did my best to help prepare for the event (which may have been noticeable on the blog this past week). I helped pack a bag, prepare clothing, fix the room and so on.I also had lots of time to think about the photography gear I am going to bring into that room. Hit the jump to see my list.read more

How To Build 24 DIY Softboxes

(7 years ago)
About three weeks ago, I asked DIYP readers to build a softbox. It was meant for fun and education. To add some zap the good guys at B&H chipped in with a Westcott Apollo Speedlight set and a strobe (Nikon SB700/Canon 430EX II) for the best design.I literally fell of my chair seeing all the great submissions. The amount of creativity with the build was huge with sizes and materials covering just about any possible element on the face of the planet (including the rare element IKEAtnium). If you ask me quite a few of the bunch would have had a successful design career.The contest ended up with 70 submission ranging on all the spectrum of softboxes: The first obvious choice is size, and there are submissions with as small as half a letter paper to monster47" softboxes. Another critical factor was the materials, while some opted for "clothy and airy" using fabrics, tent rods, and umbrellaskeletons, others opted for strong and sturdy and used corrugated plastic andplywood. Mounting ranges from custom metal brackets through friction fit and we even had one yogurt cup mount.It is very impressive to see how some set out design goals (or briefs in design lingo) and held up pretty well to their intents.Here we go with 24 DIY Softboxes which display the variety of softboxes you can built at home. There are some great ideas inside for on budget lighting so visit them all. Click each entry banner to see the full tutorial. There were more good design but I tried not to repeat similar[..]

Separate Your Flash From Your Camera With A PVC Bracket

(7 years ago)
One of the good things about on-camera flash is that it travels with you. Sure, this on axis light gives a really terrible flat light and red eyes, but it is always with you. you'd most likely get better, more directional light from an off camera flash, but setting this up takes time and space, which You don't always have. This is why they invented the flash brackets, and why Jerry Hamby made a PVC version of it. A flash bracket is a contraption that attaches to the camera and creates some distance between the flash and the lens. (Bye, bye red eyes). When your flash is on a bracket you would need to trigger it and you can do so with a sync cable, a TTL cable or (if your flash supports it) trigger it wirelessly. And before the comments start poring about this, we know that the lens cap is on, this is just for illustration)read more

Shoot Quickly With A DIY Glide Strap

(7 years ago)
If having a C-Loop (or the C-Loop DIY version) is not great by itself (which we think it is) you can make it even greater by complementing it with a Glide Strap. When you use a Glide Strap (or any of the other gliding systems) you can quickly move from carrying position to shooting position.You can do this because gliding mechanism allows the camera to slide without the need for the strap to move.Yes, you guessed it, Cameron Texter made his own DIY glide strap, and he'll share his contraption after the jump.read more

You Can't Break A Window Without Making Some Glass

(7 years ago)
Wasn't really sure how to tag this one as far as site categories go. Ended up going in to inspiration.It is a short flick by J.P. Morgan explaining on how to make Breakaway Glass. Breakaway glass is the glass used when you see things break in a movie, like a person going through a show window or that oh-so-common whine bottle on the head shot.Turns out it takes very little to produce breakaway glass. The film and recipe after the jump.read more

Father's Day Special: Create Photography Accessories Holster From Gaffers Tape

(7 years ago)
Here is a project perfect for father's day. I know how everybody loves a good duct tape wallet. But come on... We are photographers. Duct tape? Not in this class. We use the real thing - Gaffers Tape. And we use it wisely - to child-proof light stands, to make them invisible and to make lighting modifiers.It would only make sense that a present for the one who raised you so well would be made from original photographic Gaffers tape.read more

Sling Your Camera With A DIY C-Loop For Under $5

(7 years ago)
The C-loop, R-Strap and Sun Sniper are three systems designed to change the way you carry your camera around. They all share a similar idea - the strap goes inside the tripod screw. Of course, this probably makes the camera designers pull their hairs as they invested so much time in making those little two 'ears' that the normal strap goes on.Anyhow, using a system like the C-Loop really changes the way you carry your camera around - something we have discussed before - it is way more comfortable that any "regular" strap.In this tutorial Cameron Texter will show you how to make a DIY C-Loop for your camera. (warning, this is for a point and shoot, not sure I would trust this DIY with my Nikon D300 + the 24-70 2.8) read more

One More Week To Win A Strobe And Softbox Set From B&H

(7 years ago)
Heya all, this is your friendly reminder that you have one more week left to build your softbox. That is, of course, if you plan on winning a  Westcott Apollo Speedlight set with a Nikon SB700 / Canon 430EX II strobe at your choice. Courtesy of the good guys at B&H.For full rules and outline click here, for inspiration hit the jump for the most awesome yet wrongly color-balanced DIY softbox video ever.read more

Give People An Aura Using Light Painting

(7 years ago)
See that nice aura on the picture to the left? No... it was not taken using the new generation of psychic point and shoot, not is it the result of using high def video capture.This image was made using long exposure light paint and a simple accessory. (If you have no clue what light painting is, click here for DIYP's entire folder of  light painting tutorials)In this short and sweet tutorial, Renard Nicolas is going to explain how to achieve this effect.read more

Build A Semi-Anamorphic 35mm Pinhole Camera

(7 years ago)
An Amamorfic Camera provides a clever method of using the 35mm film to capture non standard aspect ratio photographs.The short version is that the pinhole on that camera is not perpendicular to the film for the long version [OpenGeekWindow] You know this problem all to well from digital point and shoots. The aspect ratio on a regular point&shoot is 3:4 and the standard for printing pictures is 2:3, so you have to ask your printer (hey, anyone here still prints?) to leave white stripes at the edges of the picture.read more

Creating a Big Bare Bulb Flash From An IKEA Regolit Lamp

(7 years ago)
If you love IKEA for their cheap furniture, you'd probably love them even more after discovering the huge possibilities they provide for creating lighting modifiers. (Beauty Dish, Ring Light and even a DSLR shoulder rig are some of the projects we covered so far). In this project Andy Kubbat takes us through the process of building an overhead bare bulb light fixture using a strobe and an IKEA Regolit Floor Lamp priced at $49.99.read more

Reviews (Fuji X100, HS20, F550exr, Nikon P300, etc)

(7 years ago)
And now time to catch up with the latest reviews! But first, the "review volume" indicator. It is already past 3pm NYC time and 9pm London time on a Monday, and the review volume at NDA websites is rather low....

Dancer - A Shoot Anatomy

(7 years ago)
It is not a big secret that dancers are one of my favorite subject matter. I was just so lucky to have the opportunity to shoot Liron Kichli, one of Israel's dance scene rising stars a few Saturdays ago.It is my believe that when working with such a talent as Liron, preparation can have a tremendous impact, so it is a good idea to have a detailed plan before meeting on location and watching her doing stretches.On this post, I am going to cover some of the aspects and planning you should consider practicing in order to have a great and successful shooting day, from equipment, through location and flower. read more

Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR Review @ DPInterface

(7 years ago)
“The camera has several small imperfections but they are minor enough for most folks to overlook, especially with the big list of other appealing features of the FinePix HS20EXR.” We have added the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR [Current Price Info] Review to our HS20 EXR Review Roundup. DPInterface has released their final review of the [...]

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Review @ Stuff.tv

(7 years ago)
“Usability is a high point all round, with the range of scene modes and a no-nonsense menu system making the S9100 all but idiot-proof.” We have added the Nikon Coolpix S9100 [Current Price Info] Review to our S9100 Review Roundup. Stuff.tv has published their review of the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and its features include a [...]

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