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Bored with your lens? Need a creative boost? Call a plumber!
Here are 2 tilt-shift lenses that you can make with just a few bucks’ worth of plumbing hardware.
Both give you that dreamy selective focus look you love so well, but they work a little differently.
Plungercam #1 is kind of like a Lensbaby — you bend and squish the rubber housing until your image is in focus, then you fire away.
Plungercam #2 is more like a traditional tilt-shift lens — you set up your shot and focus, then lock the lens into position. This means you can get repeatable results and can make killer time-lapse photos.
Grab some plumbing gear this weekend and make yourself a plungercam. Humming the Roto-Rooter song while you work is optional.
Photo credits: Bhautik Joshi
Ever taken a picture of a cough?
Not just somebody coughing. No, we mean the actual air currents as they’re being expelled.
Well, they just did it at Penn State, thanks to the magic of schlieren photography.
The super-crazy, holey-moley, you’re-not-gonna-believe-this part is that you can take these kinds of pictures at home, without a ton of special science-y stuff or fancy equipment.
Click below to learn more about schlieren photography, and learn how you can try it at your very own abode.
How much do you think it would cost to make a ring light for your camera?
$50 bucks? $25 smackeroos? Nah. $5.
All you need is a fistful of LED lights and a strip of velcro to wrap around your camera lens.
That’s just the beginning of what you can do with LEDs, the tiny titans of the lighting world.
Lightpainting, highlighting pinpoint details, macro photography… you name it!
At 50 cents each, buy ‘em by the bucketful and experiment to your heart’s content.
Photo credits: udijw
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Which would you rather have?
- An ugly black camera strap with a giant logo on it
- A comfy stylish camera strap in your favorite color
- A wild untamed Sarcophilus harrisii
If your answer was #1, you can skip today’s newsletter. Sit quietly until recess.
If your answer was #3, that’s probably illegal. Definitely inadvisable. Also bitey.
If your answer was #2, you’re in luck!
Here’s how to make a reversible cover that slips over your generic camera strap, instantly making it unique, comfortable and ever-so-dashing.
It’s super easy to make, so you can rock the strap cover even if you’ve never touched a sewing machine before.
Now get in there, tiger!
The glorious spring clamp: helper of hobbyists, buddy of builders, crony of carpenters.
And now, we have 3 ways to make it the most useful object a photographer can have!
- Instant fill light — Use a clamp to hold a piece of mirror or white cardstock when photographing small items.
Bouncing light off a card fills in shadows and instantly makes any shot better. (Ya hear that, Ebayers?)
- Clip-anywhere camera mount — Spring clamps have holes just the right size for a 1/4-inch screw. Convenient, eh?
Use a thumbscrew and your camera’s tripod mount to attach your camera to the clamp. Then clip it anywhere a regular tripod can’t reach!
- Portable lighting stand — Need a bit more flexibility? Use a length of Loc-Line tubing to create a clamp mount with a flexible arm that holds a flash unit.
Not in a DIY kind of mood? You can buy the new commercial version, but the price tag will probably put you in a DIY mood.
So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?
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Our photos were a crooked conundrum — it was sheer panoramic pandemonium.
That is, until we found The Perfect Pano, a rotating tripod tool that clicks into place every 30 degrees so you can overlap your shots evenly. Plus, The Level Camera Cube, a triple axis bubble level that mounts to your hot shoe for straight shooting.
Their powers combined will give you the bestest, all around, straight across, most perfect shots you could ask for in one go.
Never done a panorama? Don’t know how to start? You know what’s coming, don’t you…
We’re going to teach you! We’ll tell you what panoramas are, how to shoot one, how to put it together, and where to find free software to help you. Just keep reading, bucko.
Operators, babies’ bottoms and sometimes peanut butter…
All famously smooth! And now your dramatic sweeping pans can be smooth too.
Your digital camera can record video, and you’ve probably already taken a crack at making your own cinematographic masterpiece.
The trick to filming like a pro -> Keeping that camera steady!
Luckily you don’t need a roll of Clevelands to buy a commercial steadicam, you can make one using supplies from the hardware store!
With a homemade gimbal and camera mount, you’ll soon be shooting video so smooth, it’s almost criminal.
So, you want to start a photo business…
Excellent! Will it be a mad whirl of fame, fortune and glitterati?
Or will it be a money-suckin’, nail-bitin’, cuss-mutterin’ festival of frustration?
We’re all about preserving your manicure and linguistic decorum, so welcome to our new series, Photojojo’s School of Photographical Bidnezz!
Here’s Part 1: a list of photo biz pros and cons to help you decide whether running your own studio would make you happy… or crazy?
Photo credit: Banalities
“The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.”
All the more reason to get that perfect lightning photo the first time!
Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to take flabbergasting shots of this summer’s lightning storms: how to keep the camera still, how long to leave the shutter open, what to get in the shot.
Just remember to stay grounded and not be the tallest thing in the field, OK?
It’s our baby and we’re really excited.
We’re looking for contacts at Readymade, Real Simple, Dwell, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping and other magazines we should be in.
Know someone? Email us please help us spread the photo love.
Photo credits: krunkwerke
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That’s why we came up with this photo block puzzle. It’s a little like our Photo Blocks, but squarer and bigger and harder to solve, and with a bunch more photos.
It’s a set of blocks we’d proudly display on our coffee table any day of the week.
Photo credit: jeansman