DIY

How to Use CTO and CTB Gels to Change the Color of Your Background

How to Use CTO and CTB Gels to Change the Color of Your Background

One way to spice up your photography is to add gels to your lights so you can produce colorful and edgy looking imagery. Adding wild colors to your photos can offer a lot of creativity but gels can also be used in a much more subtle fashion to slightly alter the color of your background and sky. In today's video I want to share two simple techniques I use to help make my backgrounds on location look more interesting.

How to Setup an Easy DIY Overhead Camera Rig

How to Setup an Easy DIY Overhead Camera Rig

Whether you shoot portraits, still life, fashion, beauty, or even video, there will be a time when you’ll need to shoot overhead for some reason. Don’t ask me why, I’m just sure that one day you will. So while I can’t help you with when and why, I can share the latest video from Peter McKinnon explaining how. Watch this tutorial to learn all about setting up a secure, compact, and efficient overhead setup.

This Simple Battery Charging Station Will Save You Hours of Prep Time

This Simple Battery Charging Station Will Save You Hours of Prep Time

One of the most important underlying themes in being a successful photographer is streamlining your workflow. That may be in how to edit photos quickly, how to organize video files, how to quickly produce invoices, or any number of tasks that you have to perform over and over again. One aspect of my business where I found myself wasting a lot of time was in my battery charging. In today's video, I'm going to outline how Fstoppers created our battery charging station and how you too can make your life a lot easier as you prepare for the next day's photoshoot.

Incredible Footage of Soap Bubbles Freezing in Winter Weather and How to Do It Yourself

Incredible Footage of Soap Bubbles Freezing in Winter Weather and How to Do It Yourself

Photographers all over the world have found something absolutely incredible happens when you blow soap bubbles in the freezing winter temperatures. As these delicate bubbles freeze almost instantly, inside each one a unique universe of patterns and shapes comes to life right in front of your eyes. If you're lucky enough to be enduring the worldwide cold front we're having, give this a shot to make the brutal winter more fun and beautiful.

Make Your Own Colorful Powder for Photoshoots

Photo by Nik Thavisone

If you've ever wondered where photographers are getting this gorgeous colored powder for portraits, stock imagery, and dance photos, it turns out it's very easy and affordable to make at home. This powder can be used in endlessly creative ways to add an eye-catching unique and fine art element to your studio or outdoor photography. Clients and followers love seeing these fun images, and it's an absolute blast to photograph.

Ten Hacks for Your Camera in Less Than 100 Seconds

Ten Hacks for Your Camera in Less Than 100 Seconds

Photographers and cinematographers sometimes find themselves in the middle of a shoot wishing they had some piece of equipment to get that shot just right. Whether a gimbal has broken or the light just isn't cooperating, sometimes you just need a creative solution to make the image you visualize in your head. Vlogger and Photographer Hayden Pedersen has put together a video with some clever hacks to help you create the shot you want — video or still — when you might not have exactly the right piece of equipment to accomplish it. And, best of all, you can see them all in less than two minutes.

Utilizing Lightroom Presets in Luminar 2018

Utilizing Lightroom Presets in Luminar 2018

There have been debates circling the internet lately on users abandoning Adobe’s eco-system of photo applications for a new player in town. Macphun, soon to be Skylum Software, has been making waves lately with their latest release of Luminar 2018. The once strictly Mac-based software company has branched out (part of the reason for the renaming) to include Windows users as well, and people are stoked. With a seemingly endless list of features and upgrades to the latest version, many have considered that it may be about time to try something that’s just different than the industry giant, Lightroom. However, users are still perplexed on how exactly they would make the change, what would they miss from Lightroom, and is it really necessary.

Ten Fun DIY Photography Presents

Ten Fun DIY Photography Presents

So, here's the problem with shopping for photographers: they tend to have really expensive taste. I mean, you can't really get Bob that 70-200mm f/2.8 lens when the office gift exchange program has a $20 limit. (Why is Bob asking for that, anyway? Come on, Bob. This is supposed to be casual.) Here are 10 fun and cheap DIY photography gift ideas.

Cardboard Turned to Photo Art

Cardboard Turned to Photo Art

Let’s face it, some people are just more creative than others. There’s no denying that we all think in radically different ways. Some of us are more "in the box" creatives, leaning towards more straightforward images - images that are technically perfect when viewed by a histogram or composition. Those artists create on the go, and in the end are able to make what others can only strive for, unique pieces of art.

The Perfect DIY Light Stand?

The Perfect DIY Light Stand?

Lets face it: there’s nothing sexy about light stands, nor do we get G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) when the latest light stand is revealed. Caleb Pike with DSLR Video Shooter shows off an easy to build boom arm for the perfect light stand setup.