Posts Tagged With: DIY

Techniques – DIY Soft Box

DIY photography gear being all the rage, and me being a bit of a Mr Fix-it, I decided to see if I could build my own soft box.

I feel that I should start this blog by telling you that you can buy a mini-soft box for fairly cheap, but if you’re like me and like building stuff (or are incredibly skint), read on…

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Techniques #7 – Handy Corporate Portrait

Corporate portraits are something you almost have to do as a professional photographer.

I recently shot a portrait for a client that wanted a very specific looking style.  They’ve been running a series of ads for a long time that have a consistent look to them.  Basically, one of their art directors must have come up with this brilliant, easy way to get consistently-styled photographs from different photographers.

The brilliance of this portrait is that it has style and is easy to reproduce…

Here’s how you can do it:

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Techniques #6.1 – Off Camera Non-TTL

That last post explaining the basics about how to use remote flashes and strobes had a picture in the end that I never fully explained.  Shot with two strobes, this is a good one to help visualize how to set up a simple, two flash set up.

Two flashes were used for this quick skateboarding shot.

Two flashes were used for this quick skateboarding shot.

More remote strobe set-up after the jump…

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Inspirational Photography Links #4

I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I always seem to find some time to waste on the good old internet.  Here are a few interesting links that I’ve recently come across.

The first one I’m dieing to use.  Its a page explaining how to get interesting shapes in the bokeh of your pictures.  For those that don’t know, “bokeh” is actually a Japanese word that means “the out of focus area” in a picture (See the first sentence of the tutorial).  Remember my tutorial on taking portraits?  You could use the method explained on this page to make small lights in the background appear to be shapes that you choose.  I’m really interested in trying this, and other techniques with some models so if anyone is interested, please contact me.

Next is a project done by German photographer Simon Hogsberg.  He made a 100 meter long picture by putting hundreds of pictures together in Photoshop.  It’s called We’re All Gonna Die!  Cool.

Third is an interesting use of Photoshop.  It seems a Russian photographer found the exact spots where old photographs from 1941 were taken, and took new pictures.  He then stitched them together in Photoshop to make some interesting studies on the past.  Number two and six are my favorites.

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Techniques #3 – DIY Photography Gear

DIY photography gear and specifically DIY “grip” gear has been quite the rage for the past few years.  Photographers are finding many ways to save some money on all that expensive stuff and then posting how do it all over the interweb.  There’s a lot of interesting things out there to try to make on your own: from DIY ring lights, to beauty dishes, to snoots and grids.  Also have a look at my DIY Soft Box for Strobes.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me explain a few vocabulary words:

  • First of all, DIY = “Do It Yourself,” …like, der.
  • “Grip gear” (or just “grip”) refers to all the stuff you need for photography that isn’t cameras, lenses, flashes, etc.  “Grip” is the stuff that holds the cameras and flashes.  It’s tripods, light stands, light boxes (aka banks), clamps, gels, and even duct tape and screwdrivers can be called grip.  Basically, it’s stuff that makes photography a lot easier but isn’t really quite as (take a deep breath studio photographers!) necessary.

This is the stuff that most amateur photographers don’t have, but every professional photographer has a closet full of.  These days though, many amateurs are learning that this stuff can help you get better pictures, and these things are really not that hard to use.

Lots more on DIY photography gear after the jump…

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