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Create Shaped Bokeh With DIY Aperture Disk

We all know and love the classic round Bokeh we get when shooting in shallow depth of field. It adds depth and interesting effects to the final result. The round Bokeh is a result of having a round (kind-of) Aperture blades, but have you ever thought what will happen if you change that Aperture shape? By adding a piece of thick black paper to the front of the lens and cutting a shape in it, you can shape your own Bokeh. Instead of round Bokeh, you can have stars, hearts or even your name as a Bokeh. Check out these cool examples showing some of the different looks you can get by just using a piece of paper (or cardboard/plastic). [more]

Jay P Morgan Teaches Us How to Make a Smoke Tube of Death!

Sure you may know how to create smoke in a photo…but do you know how to make a smoke tube of death? Whether you’re using it to create your photo concept, or you just want to get a head start on your Halloween plans, knowing how to turn one smoke machine into multiple smoke sources is a great thing to know, and The Slanted Lens is here to show you how.
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Filming Big Ideas With Small Budgets

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. I’m sure we’ve all heard this saying at one point in our lives. Even though I never took the advice (In your face Mom!) it can easily be reworked into something I firmly believe. “Film for the job you want, not the job you have”. [more]

10 General Items to Keep in Your Gear Bag

As photographers and videographers we often obsess over our cameras, lenses, stands, lights, etc. But often times, the most important tool in your bag is from the hardware store, something that allows you to temporarily fix an unexpected situation, whether it’s a gear failure, or the need to fix something in an awkward space. Here are 10 items (in no particular order) that I recommend.
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How To Hack Your Tripod To Make It Safer And Easier To Use

Ease of use and equipment safety are two things that can always improve our lives as photographers and videographers. With few small add-ons and hacks you can save precious time on your shoots, and on top of that make your camera safer. In the video above, Griffin Hammond is showing you the 2 items that will make your Tripod (and Glidecam, shoulder rig and monopod) just way more user friendly: the Giottos M621 and the Manfrotto 555B. [more]

The Complete Dummy Guide to Light Painting

When people think of high end commercial automotive photography, they’ll sometimes call to mind images of cars with that distinct light streak down the side. That light streak that so many automotive photographers lust after is actually not a product of black magic, as it seems to be when you’re starting out, but actually incredibly easy to replicate with a technique called light painting. [more]

DigitalRev’s Pro Tog DIY Challenge – DIY Ring Light

DigitalRev’s Pro Tog challenges are back, this time with a DIY theme. In this video see Pro Photographer Mark Chung create a continuos ring light using some basic hardware store materials, then use them in a fashion shoot.

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How To Shoot “Bullet Time” Video With a GoPro and a Ceiling Fan

I’ve seen a lot of DIY setups over the years, but every now and then one comes along that’s so unstable it’s scary and yet way too cool not to try. You can tell by the title that this isn’t going to be some amazing setup with a hundred cameras arrayed. This is what it sounds like…A GoPro on a ceiling fan whipping around your subject while [more]

Broken Gear? Fix it with the ‘Play-Doh’ of Camera Repair

Imagine a colorful self-setting rubber that you can keep in your camera bag and bust out at any time to repair on-the-job cracks, breaks and tears. Sugru is such a product, a moldable Play-Doh-like synthetic that can also be shaped into custom camera grips, monopod and tripod mounts and can add color and texture to existing buttons on your DSLR. [more]

Finding Perfect Light With Homemade Light Modifiers

What is “perfect lighting?” It will differ for every style of photography and every photographer’s style. For my food photography, I think the perfect lighting is the soft, beautiful, natural light found from a large window with indirect sun coming through. Unfortunately, most of the locations where I have to go and shoot food don’t have this light that I am looking for. In order to get the shoot done, I have to to create the light. What if I could create this “perfect light” and have it for every assignment?

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Turn Almost Any Lens Into A Macro

One of my favorite ‘old school’ photo tricks is the macro reversing ring. When you turn your lens around – literally having the mount pointing at your subject – you will notice a pretty interesting effect. The lens (whatever focal length it is) becomes a macro. Of course, holding a lens over an open camera body is a pretty terrible idea. This is where the reversing ring comes in. [more]

eSteady: The $200 Homemade Version Of The MōVI

Tom Parker, avid aerial photographer and videographer from Cambridge, UK, decided to try and make his own homemade MōVI rig without losing all his savings in the process. Parker is a Product Design and Manufacturing student at the University of Nottingham, where he got the knowledge on how to design and build the rig for his GoPro camera. The final result works great, and all he had to pay was $200. Not bad if you compare it to the $15,000 it will cost you to get the MōVI. Check out how he did it. [more]

Great Trick for Pouring Liquid in a Product Shot

Photographer Rob Grimm has posted a nice little BTS of his ‘Micro Brewery Project’ – where the photographs feature some various beers from the United States based on “unique bottle design, label, and/or flavor profile.” The video starts out with a great, little trick for creating an even pour in a photo. The bottle itself is clamped in place, but by using twine, nail polish remover and fire, you can cleanly remove the bottom. [more]

So You Want To Make A Professional Looking Print Photography Portfolio

One of my regular followers, Mike Nelson, said that there are plenty of resources on WHERE to buy portfolios, but very little information on HOW to make a photography portfolio. He suggested I do a blog post and share my personal perspectives and advice on the subject. I’ve also included contributions and tips from other photographer friends (such as Luke Copping whose work is featured in the video above) in the industry. Hopefully the following post will teach you everything you need to know.

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Hipsters Rejoice! A Build-It-Yourself Plastic Camera

There’s no denying the growing popularity of Lomo photography in recent years – especially if you’ve ever visited an Urban Outfitters. The motto for Lomography is, “Don’t Think, Just Shoot,” – which is kind of ironic considering their newest offering requires quite a bit of thinking. The Konstruktor is a $35 build-it-yourself camera that should give hipsters a better understanding as to how their ‘antique Instagram machine’ actually works. [more]

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