Hi posted a DIY project some weeks ago about a damn straight forward way for attaching your flash to a tripod horizontally, this time I want to show you a much better way, but you’ll have to put in “some work”:
Why I need a horizontal flash holder? There are three reasons why:
If you work with umbrellas, you probably noticed that your flash head stands at least 10cm above the umbrella’s axis, therefore the light won’t spread equally. If you compare your strobist flash Vs. a studio strobe, you’ll see the strobe is almost centered to the umbrella’s axis. The DIY horizontal flash holder will put your flash closer to your umbrella’s axis.
Brollys – putting a flash into umbrella softbox or better known as brolly is a very hard task… The DIY horizontal flash holder fixes this too.
Stability – Have ever tried to shake a little your studio light stand when you have a flash attached to a trigger who is attached to an umbrella to flash adapter? You probably noticed that the flash isn’t so secure up there, something will break on way or another.Well, I don’t ask you to go and shake your light stands, but you can see what I mean…
Here is my solution you’ll get about 8 adapters, quite a lot even for you strobist guys ,only spending les than 20 bucks:
I put a short promo video below, but go on and read the rest!!!
Sometimes when you are in a tight/small location or in case you don’t have enough studio flash stands or where to stand them, you have to improvise. There is a budget solution to that. I saw on eBay , some stores that sells a small spring clamp with a screw like on top of your studio lighting stand, those offer a solution, but won’t hold a decent weight (500gr declared) and are mainly supposed to hold a reflector or a radio trigger. Those eBay – clamp studio flash holder costs about 10$ including shipment, but won’t hold a flash to a door or a bar in some small location.
I came up with a quick idea on how to try and solve this problem, I put a short (silent) video on the how to, even thought you might get the idea on how to build it just by reading further and looking at the images.
I did a video on how to attach/mount horizontally off camera flashes to lighting diffusers and attaching them to radio triggers.
This hack will help you a lot in three common problems ,if it helped you solve more problems, pls share it with us:
If you use radio triggers, you probably noticed that putting a flash + a trigger + an adapter , might feel a little fragile . One of the things that I miss with the YN622c is that they don’t have a quick release screw like I used to have with my previous YN602 triggers. That means you have to lock it to another flash stand which made this puzzle look even more fragile.
If you use a brolly box, I probably know there is no normal way to attach an off camera flash like you all strobist use.
While using a flash adapter with a bear umbrella, you’ll find the flash really out of the center of the umbrella, this hack will put the flash in a much better position!
Here is a simple how to video, all you need is :
Two rubber bands , pick some good ones, just to be safe.
Your Flash stand holder.
Flash shoe adapter screw.
How to?Very simple:
Just hold the flash stand holder and your flash together and fix it with those rubber bands… `-)
I first heard of Linard Benoit when contacted Marton Gorka about his article here, then I started to search who this guy is, well his his website can’t open on my computer, so I continued searching and found his flickr page and galleries. Well, this dud is god damn talented!!! He has lot of ideas (Marton could say it too `-) ) and an extremely easy and productive DIY Project I’m writing about in this post :
The Easiest Beauty Dish Ever!!!
Actually easy isn’t the exact word, cause you can find on the net DIY beauty dishes made of disposable baking dishes but for a durable beauty dish its the best I found, so spare no time and lets dive in!!!
Hi, summer time is here and the kids are at home for some long and exhausting weeks, so you have to keep them busy. Very fast you’ll find out that you are out of ideas how to keep them busy.
You cool unique DIY camera strap
Recently, my big one got our pocket camera as a gift, and I wanted to make it a bit unique. I found this tut about how to make your own camera strap , and this was just fine to keep the morning busy with the kids.This project is good also if you want to have your own camera strap design, you don’t have to get your kids to this for you!!! `-)
So what do you need for this project?
What you’ll need in order to make your own camera strap
What you’ll need in order to make your own camera strap
A piece of cotton webbing – I didn’t bought it, I used here a cotton belt that I didn’t used for a very long time…
Fabric glue and some needles and threads
Some paints for fabric – My wife has them as she likes to draw images on a plain white kids T-shirts.
Swivel hooks- this was a bit of a trouble to find, but after I got mine, someone told me of about hundred places that sales them, actually jewellery and crafts/knitting store has them…
Now lets get going!
Paint the fabric as you like (or your kids like!).
Put it in the swivel hooks.
Sew the endings , make it sewed good as you won’t want it to open!!!
If you have been tyring to do some video photography with your DSLR youl’d probably already found out that the focusing motor of your lens makes a lot of noise that is heard loud and clear on the soundtrack of your video. Not only noise, many DSLR cameras can’t really focus fast and well and you get what we call it focus hunting - when the lens goes back and forward while trying to find your correct focusing point, not so good…
So thats the time to go on manual focus mode to reduce this noise and focus much better. Here are some very useful ideas on how to do it really on the budget!!!
This is my design for a diy 3 flash bracket holder
This time I want to talk about another popular project in the DIY Photography filed, thats multiple flashes bracket.Above is my design for multiple flash bracket. It is made of a metal rectangle that makes the trigger brackets holder that I got from a local welding workshop leftovers. I asked the man there to drill some holes for me, as I didn’t think I had a good chance to make it at home and the man was so nice…After you got the metal rectangle drilled, you are actually done, all you need more are some bolts and small discs for better holding and you are of to go and attach up to three flashes in this hack.
Why would you need a DIY Flash Beacket?
Power – There are cases when you photographing out side and need to compete against the sun on who has more light power. Lets say that in this competition, youl’d usually start at a bad point…
Recycle -The more flashes you use the better recycling times you can get for the same flash power, as one 580 at full power will equal two 580 at 1/2 power and that’s significant for your recycling times.
Light spreed – Althoght not many times you consider that, but putting together two, will make the light come out from a variety of points and reflecting into an umbrella or a softbox will make it look more even. Read more →
Found this nice video about making your own beauty dish, this guy is actually funny and explains well how to put a beauty dish in some quick steps and a few bucks. Looks to be very easy, So PLS pay a visit to his tube chanel here and thank him for his work!!!
I don’t remember when and where I saw the for the first time (I had this post on draft for some time), you can read the full story at a discussion in this forum. At first glance I wondered if canon made some kind of a rare realise for probably their most popular lens the canon 50 f/1.8 ,thought it will make sense if they do so (I’m sure there will be many to buy the white one), but then when I took a closer look and read the rest of the discussionI realized that its a great original DIY project.
How nntenzo (thats his profile on the forum) did it? Its basicly simple:
You have to get some colors to get the white-grey Canon L look (cost him about 3$) and some printer decal paper, thats are leaser printer paper that remuvable tatooes are made of, or “best daddy in the world” cups.
He painted the lens with a brush, but you can use an air brush too, while covering the palces you don’t want to color with a duck tape.That will get you a bare white Canon 50mm 1.8.
Print on the decal paper the logos you want to put, he downloaded them from the net using google images.
Paste the logos in place on to your white lens.
Of you go, you have your privet Canon 50 f/1.8 white version!
Here is another version for this great one:
I didn’t find those Canon logos on the net, PLS share here if you found it.