I always appreciate a great video from Dave Dougdale of LearningDSLRVideo.com. His humble approach to doing exactly what the name of his informative website implies, learning DSLR video, is refreshing and resourceful. Case in point, Dave’s latest do-it-yourself project in which he drew upon inspiration from Knoptop’s original viewfinder creation (viewed here) and made a few revisions to a simple formula, resulting in an extremely useful, yet cost effective, tool for the frugal filmmaker.
Back with yet another project for all you do-it-yourselfers, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogoul has come up with an updated version of a prior video lighting build, expanding upon his first design, while increasing the unit’s overall performance in the process.
Remember that fully-functional super 8 projector created almost entirely by the use of LEGO Technics we covered last year? Well the latest creation, designed and assembled by Norway-based photographer Carl-Frederic Salicath, has every intent to dethrone last years LEGO story, and solidify itself as the most ingenious way to use our favorite childhood build-a-block toy.
Caleb Pike of DSLRvideoShooter.com, in his never-ending hunt for useful and affordable alternatives for some of the higher priced DSLR rigs and accessories out on the market, has come up with a unique and incredibly simple top-handle rig that’s both flexible in the literal sense, but also in terms of functionality.
Pike’s complete tutorial for building the rig can be viewed above, with the accessories mentioned in the video shown below:
You know those spherical glass ornaments that your grandmother usually displays around the living room this time of year? Well, it turns out those pieces of holiday tradition, commonly referred to as snow globes, have a bit more creative use than just sitting on an end-table near the Christmas tree.
One of the things that many of us dread, but is as equally vital to the clarity of an image as the lasting care of your equipment, is undoubtedly cleaning — namely our DSLR sensors.
There comes day in every shooters life when he or she pulls up a 100% crop of an image, sees some remnants of faint dust particles and realizes that he or she has neglected to spend the few minutes needed to properly wipe down the sensor. If you are someone who religiously and meticulously devotes the time to care for your gear, kudos to you! For everyone else who feels as though they need the extra push to clean their camera, check out the video below to see a great way of properly maintaining a DSLR from the folks at TheSOPHA:
Image Courtesy of eriksweeklyphoto on Flickr
Whether you’re a photographer on a budget, or just happen to find yourself in a jam, it’s great to have DIY resources at your disposal, and in this case, one could take that quite literally.
Today, Konrad Dwojak shows us the tried and true method of creating a speedlight snoot with nothing more than a Pringles can, something that can be found in aisles of any convenience store. Take a look:
Filmmaking isn’t always about the use of the most expensive gear available, especially in these current economic times. It is easy forget this, which is why we must remember that filmmaking is more about using what camera gear we have to its utmost potential to get the desired outcome of our film project. One’s creativity and dedication can speak volumes, a value worth more than any fancy new piece of cinema swag. Case in point, the filmmaking do-it-yourself tool-kit for aspiring filmmakers, brought to us by Wistia, offering the clever little graphic for our independent creatives on a budget.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a photographer like Jesse Rosten comes along and reaffirms the notion that anything that can be done, eventually will be done.
In an effort to efficiently mobilize gear normally found stationed in a studio setting, or continuously needing to be moved from one place to the next, Rosten packed it all on his back, creating the jet-pack-esque apparatus shown below: