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The Best Flash Diffusers for Macro Photography – Photography Article

The Best Flash Diffusers for Macro Photography Even though speedlights are incredibly useful for macro photography, they’re light does not always look flattering. Harsh shadows in unwanted places, blown out highlights and strong aberrations are common issues. And even though strong, directed light can look good in many cases, diffused light looks more natural and generally more pleasing to the eye too.The two following photos illustrate that effect: Directed light Diffused light Why we need light modifiers Using a speedlight…

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How to Turn a $5 IKEA Gadget into the Perfect Darkroom Timer/Thermometer – Photography Article

If you develop your own film or wet plates, photographer Markus Hofstaetter has a great tip for you. With just a tiny little DIY tweak, you can turn a $5 all-in-one IKEA gadget into the perfect all-in-one Darkroom timer, thermometer and clock. The IKEA gadget in question is the “Klockis” and it’ll run you just $5 (or 5 Euro, if you’re in Europe like Hofstaetter). It’s a nifty little square gadget that changes its function depending on which side is…

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Taking Pictures Using a Lens With a Smashed Middle Element – Photography Article

Think the dust inside your lens is bad? The owners of a vintage camera shop have been testing out what it’s like taking photos using a Kaleinar 100mm f/2.8 lens with a severely smashed middle element. So, how did it fare? Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK, the team at WYCameras is full of film and vintage camera specialists. Their entire stock range consists of analog cameras and lenses only. And buying and selling camera parts often means they run into unusual…

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This Guy Built a Working ‘Wrist Flash’ That You Wear Like a Watch – Photography Article

Photographer and creative tinkerer Alireza Rostami is back at it. After turning a broken computer into a working camera in August, he embarked on a new DIY project: making a working flash that you can wear like a wristwatch. The franken-flash was built using parts from a broken point-and-shoot, and the strap from an actual wrist watch. You can see the raw materials in the photographs below: Early versions of the flash had a tendency to shock Rostami thanks to…

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10 Tips to Make Your Photography Life Easier – Photography Article

I admit it: I like easy, especially when it comes to photography. That’s why I’ve come to embrace these 10 tips that I have learned over the years. And most of them won’t cost you a penny to incorporate. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind working hard to get a shot or to work out a concept for an image I’ve thought of taking. What I like to make easy is all the work that we, as photographers, must do to…

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Experimenting With Different Weird Lenses and an Anamorphic – Photography Article

An experimental photographer has mixed a series of weird lenses while keeping the same anamorphic lens in order to test out how the combinations impact the image quality and bokeh in its video capabilities. Some of the combinations gave interesting, shallow bokeh. Photographer and YouTuber Mathieu Stern is renowned for his weird lens tests and is currently in the process of constructing an anamorphic lens setup. Until then, he decided to ask Justin Bacle if he could experiment with his setup for his…

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Great Reasons to put a Carabiner in your Photo Kit – Photography Article

The carabiner is a device most closely associated with mountain climbing, but now it finds application in so many other things.  In this article, we’ll explore a few ways you can make good use of a carabiner as a photographer. Interestingly, the carabiner was not initially invented for climbers.  The history of the device is interesting with an inventor nicknamed “Rambo.” It’s not a story I’ll detail here, but worth a read.  The carabiner is essentially a loop with an…

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Popping Balloons for Some Creative Photography – Photography Article

Crazy high shutter speeds can lead to some pretty awesome photos as you capture things that simply happen too fast for our eyes and brains. This video brings some simple, easy, and fun shots your way using those super quick shutter speeds. Brought to you via North Borders, in this video we find the boys in the backyard popping balloons. Straightforward as can be, the setup requires your camera, balloons, and water (things pretty much anyone should be able to…

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This Simple Conversion Turns Any Zoom Lens Into a Macro Lens – Photography Article

Are you looking for an affordable but also electronic macro lens? Or maybe you have an old kit lens that’s just sitting around, collecting dust since your last upgrade? Well then read on, because in this article I am going to share one cool hack that will allow you to transform almost any kit or standard zoom lens into a capable macro lens! I am not talking about reversing the lens or mounting it on extension tubes, we’re actually going…

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How to Simulate Long Exposure using Stacked Image Averaging – Photography Article

Silky water effects, streaked clouds, motion-smoothed with an ethereal look; long exposure photography seems to be in vogue as photographers discover the looks that can be created. There are multiple ways to achieve this. The most basic is to buy a standard neutral-density photography filter which cuts the light, allowing you to use long shutter speeds without overexposing your shot. You can achieve exposures minutes long, especially when using 10-stop ND filters like the Lee Big Stopper or even the 15-stop Super Stopper. I…

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Open Source Code for a Remote Timelapse DSLR – Photography Article

Want to set up a remote DSLR for shooting a time-lapse? The Intervalometerator (AKA ‘intvlm8r’) is an open-source intervalometer that can help you do so at minimal hardware cost (as long as you’re comfortable tinkering with hardware and software). Created by Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky over the course of a year, the Intervalometerator is designed to be both cheap and easy to build with familiar tools and using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. “My partner…

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How to Make a DIY Mottled Backdrop for Just $30 – Photography Article

For those of us born in the 1970s and 80s, this new phenomenon of mottled, cloudy backdrops appearing in modern portraits is an odd one. You see, back when we were kids, we had horrendously cheesy family and school portraits taken in front of these bizarrely arranged patterns, so to us, it’s pretty weird to see these painted, cloudy backdrops now grace the covers of Vogue and Tatler. Truth be told, I am exaggerating a little. Yes, we have plenty…

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Can a $40 FlexTILT 3D-Printed Head Compete With the $149 Original? – Photography Article

Is 3D printing the next step in niche manufacturing for photography gear? How does a 3D-printed product stack up against its all-metal CNC’ed inspiration? Earlier this year, Edelkrone announced a 3D printable version of its FlexTILT tripod head as part of a new program called ORTAK. The new ORTAK line of products is an attempt to take advantage of the rise in consumer 3D printing technology by providing the non-3D printed materials and plans for a product. The consumer can then make their own…

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Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money? – Photography Article

Whether you are a photographer or videographer, more and more content creators are adding constant lights as their go-to lighting setups. Quasar Science recently released their 30-watt T8 bulbs with raving reviews, and today, I explore six useful lighting setups you can build with four lights under $80 each.  If you watch the Fstoppers Youtube Channel, you know that Lee and I have gotten to play with a lot of different lighting gear over the years. A few weeks ago, my buddy,…

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How to Shoot Beautiful Natural Light Images in Your Shed – Photography Article

If you have a good understanding of how light works, you may find that an expensive studio stuffed full of high-end strobes and funky diffusers is far from important when it comes to creating striking images. In this short video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows you how to produce something remarkable using little more than a shed. Natural light on a bright day can be brutal, producing harsh shadows across a model’s features. Using a doorway leading into a dark room…

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How to Create an LED Panel out of an Old TV Monitor – Photography Article

As photographers and videographers, let’s be honest, we never have enough light equipment. But it can quickly become quite expensive! Thanks to DIY Perks, if you own an old TV that you don’t use anymore, you won’t have to break your bank account to add a new LED panel to your kit.  DIY Perks is undoubtedly one of the YouTube channels to follow if you are into photography, videography, or tech in general. Matt, the content creator behind the channel,…

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Photographer Uses Backyard Shed to Shoot Gorgeous Natural Light Portraits – Photography Article

Calgary-based portrait photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk recently put together a photo shoot that’s getting some well-deserved attention. Using just the shed in her backyard and the natural light pouring in, she was able to capture some gorgeous fashion portraits that imitate a popular in-studio lighting setup. Rudnyk says she’s been wanting to put the old shed in her backyard to some good photographic use for a long time, and the setup is extremely simple. Simply hang a backdrop behind…

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This Guy Turned His Broken Computer Into a Working Camera – Photography Article

When Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami’s first computer from 20 years ago died, he decided to give it new life and a new purpose by turning it into a camera. Rostami took the various components from the computer (and other old computers) and constructed a light-sealed box for the camera body (with the help of some light-blocking paper). He placed a wooden backing in the rear to hold his film and a Linhof lens mount on the front. The unusual-looking camera…

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Photographer Uses Vintage Lens From a 100-Year-Old World War Camera to Shoot Video on His Sony – Photography Article

A photographer has extracted the lens of Kodak’s Vest Pocket Camera, released in 1912, to test its capabilities shooting video on his Sony. Now over 100 years old, the VP Camera was revolutionary in its day, popular with soldiers throughout World War I. Known for his experimental YouTube videos, photographer Mathieu Stern continues to seek out rare, or rarely discovered, camera bodies and lenses to test. This time, he’s put together a series of footage recorded using a 87mm f7…

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How to Unstick Two Filters That Are Stuck Together – Photography Article

Use two threaded circular filters at once and you run a terrible risk: they might get stuck together. It happened to me when I was using a neutral density filter and a circular polarizer. Here’s how I got them unstuck. Methods Busted A quick bit of research on how to unstick two filters turned up a few techniques that didn’t help. If your filters aren’t stuck too badly, they might work for you, but they didn’t for me. I tried: Just…

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Photographer Turns Huge Shipping Container into Working Camera – Photography Article

For three weeks earlier this year, if you visited Northernhay Gardens in Exeter, UK, you would have found one of the largest and most unusual cameras in the world. It’s called the Container Camera, and the large-format-camera-and-darkroom-in-a-shipping-container was created by photographer and educator Brendan Barry. We first featured the strange camera last month in a roundup of odd photographic contraptions that Barry had built using everything from fruit, to mannequins, to a tree stump. He also authored a guest post…

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Capturing the Rodeo with a 100-Year-Old Kodak Vest Pocket Lens – Photography Article

This year the Reno Rodeo is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and photojournalist Ty O’Neil decided to photograph it in a way that would pay proper homage to that history: by capturing the 100-year-old rodeo with a 100-year-old lens. “With the Reno Rodeo celebrating 100 years I, as a photojournalist, wanted to capture the celebration of a centenary of rodeos,” O’Neil tells PetaPixel. “Inspired by the historic images of the Reno Rodeo I set about trying to find a way of…

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Five Photo Hacks to Paint with Light – Photography Article

Besides shooting cars or architecture, light painting can also be useful when you want to achieve creative results without spending lots of money. The principle of light painting is very basic: capturing long exposure shots while lighting the subject with a continuous light source. This technique is mainly used in car, architecture, and product photography, where traditional lighting methods don’t work as anticipated. Lighting a large house ceiling, creating light beams around a car or even lighting an interior of…

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This is the World’s Smallest View Camera – Photography Article

Camera-making enthusiast Lucus Landers has created the Mini View Camera, a creation he believes is the smallest view camera (and one of the smallest film cameras) ever made. Landers, a 27-year-old photographer living in Brooklyn, designed and built the camera for a contest put on by the desktop milling machine maker Bantam Tools, which asked users to build something that fits into a 1-inch cube and incorporates the company’s red rooster logo. The machine shop Landers has been building over…

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How I Made a Digital Polaroid SX-70 – Photography Article

I wanted to see if it was possible to turn a dead SX-70 camera into a functioning digital camera without significantly modifying it’s outward appearance. I had no idea if this was reasonably doable but I set out to give it a try. Editor’s note: The longer, original version of this article was originally published on Joshua Gross’ website. This condensed version has been republished with Gross’ permission. The finished product: First, I disassembled the camera into its various components.…

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Developing Color Film Is a Lot Easier Than You Think – Photography Article

I enjoy shooting film from time to time. I like the process, the feel, and the whole “specialness” of it. Up until somewhat recently, I was afraid to develop myself, but this video from fantastic channel Eduardo Pavez Goye shows that developing film is a lot less scary than you may think. When developing film, especially color film, we are told that your chemicals need to be within one degree or it won’t work, or that if you don’t get everything absolutely bang on…

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Photographer Turns Everyday Items Into Film Cameras, and They Actually Work – Photography Article

So widely available is industry-standard photographic equipment these days, the sight of a camera in any form is an everyday occurrence. Less frequently spotted are the creations of one UK-based artist, who transforms everyday items — including food — into functioning film cameras. Brendan Barry undergoes the painstaking process of turning mundane items into actual working cameras. Barry explores all sorts of camera styles, including pinhole, 35mm, and ultra-large format. He has so far made cameras from the likes of…

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These Working Cameras Were Made With the Strangest Things – Photography Article

Brendan Barry is a UK-based large format photographer who has a curious passion for creating working cameras out of the most random everyday objects you could think of. ILFORD featured his work earlier this year, and here’s a look at some of his cameras and the photos they shoot. Bread A photo shot with the bread camera. Mannequin Honeydew Melon A photo shot with the honeydew melon camera. Abandoned Control Tower A photo shot with the abandoned control tower camera.…

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Three Natural Light Hacks That Will Instantly Level up Your Photography Game – Photography Article

What happens when you fly half way across the world to shoot portraits of a model on an exotic beach, but then realize the light is not as soft or usable as you thought? In this video, learn how you can sculpt the natural light the way you want to create the most flattering results. Light is the foundation of photography. It’s all around us, but we must learn how to use it in every situation, that is the job of a…

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