My house is currently full with small little lego part, as my son is now into the lego phase, which is fun, because lego has much more figures and themes compared to the variety I had as a kid. It realy develops the kids coordination and if a kid is into it , it helps build his patience too.
As holidays are over now, we (me and my boy`-) ) got some Lego ninjago packs as presents and we spent some quality time together putting them together, as someone said, you don’t exactly know who got the present me or my boy. One day after noon we decided to setup a photography scene in which some ninja lego fighters fight a big ninja robot (or whatever) ,so lets see how it goes. Read more →
After writing about Dr.Tilo’s photography session in his bath tab ,nothing to sexy, just a nice way to get the white background (in case you keep your bath clean) I really wanted to try this too, so a couple of weeks ago as we where at ikea, I bought those nice San Pellegrino Aranciata Juice. There were forgotten in the refrigerator since… But my wife didn’t forget about them to easy and wanted to drink them (cause that’s what you usually do with them) and forced me to write this post, so here we go!!!
Juice Bottles photography – One Light Setup Read more →
I usually don’t share here videos made by commercial site/stores and so on, but this time I want to share this video about how to take better beer images.
Why I think this video is great or different from the others? It teach me two new things, and improved my photography (at least when trying to photography beer `-) ):
When pointing the flash from above , you’d normally get a good exposure of the beer froth , but underexposed the beer itself. What Scott did here was placing behind the beer a small reflector shaped in the size of beer bottle!!! Very clever and useful!!!
Second tip shared here was the fact that after some time of shooting, the beer froth will dissolve , so adding a little bit of salt to glass will make it come back to life again.
So if you ever wondered if you can take those images , here is a short 4minutes video to make it easier for you:
This one is a second tutorial based on Dr. Tilo “Gallo” Gockel photography work, I advise you t o visit his site (here) . Tilo writes in German, but watching the behind the scenes of his works and use Google Translate is pretty much enough to get it. He is a very talented strobist guy , the first tutorial was about shooting in your bathtub, as very nice one. However this time I want to write about a guitar photography setup I saw, So if you wonder “how to photograph my guitar?” you are in the right place!!!
I have to say that one of my first attempts on photography, was about 20 years ago, I had an HP315 digital camera, yes, I know it sounds like a desktop printer today’s but there were not to many options out there and if I remember correctly HP was a Pentax branded camera… But with the HP “digital Camera” I tried my first studio photography session and photographed my electric guitar. No need to mention that there where no flash options then and no strobist sites or even Internet, so you had to manage…Every time I see a nice guitar portrait image, it reminds me those times.
Tilo used 4 lights this time for this cover shoot, lets see how this image photographed! Read more →
I posted a short tut about cookie photography some time ago , this is a post I really like. I want to show an other angle about food photography and showcase how easy it is to get really clean images and “catalogue” look by using your pocket camera, some white reflectors and up to one flash light (that costs less than 50$). This might be an intro to anyone who wants to take images with one light on a very tight budget. I know that I’m going to get fat because of this tut, but what the heck, I’ll do anything for some new readers `-).
The Pocket Camera Cookie Photography:
The Gear I Used:
Pocket camera – we got it 5 years ago when our first boy born. Now it is his camera, so you can get the idea we are talking here about very very basic gear. There are two important things your camera must have:
Manual control – So you could set your camera ISO/Shutter Speed/aperture.
Flash power control – You need your on camera flash only to trigger the off camera flash , so you must have the ability to shut it as a main light. Two options : 1.You can set it to under expose the scene (-2ev will make it really unnoticeable). 2. Power levels control – set it to its lowest power .
Off Camera Flash – I used here the YN460II. This flash is the cheapest flash on the market that still has all the strobist functions you will ever need. The best thing about it is that it has a great optical slave. This slave allows as to work or trigger it with our pocket camera’s flash.
Reflectors – In this setup I used simple white panel and a piece of styrofoam I found . You can use any white panel you ca think of…
The Pocket Camera Cookie Photography setup:
The setup is extremely simple, but I’ll break it into 3 steps:
Flash power and settings: Flash power set to a low power, its 1/32th full power and pointed to the wall behind the cookie plate. Now its time to choose between the optical slave modes , S1 optical slave mode works the best with the pocket cameras.
Camera settings – Work in manual mode!! Manual focus is a must. Camera other settings :
Shutter speed – 1/400th sec. Digital cameras has some kind of electric shutter so the flash can sync in most of them upto 1/500th sec.
Iso Settings – 80ISO. tryied to get the image as clean as a 5 years old pocket camera could.
Aperture – f/8. thats the max i can get with this camera, not much of DOF, so thats why perfect focusing is essential. You should set your camera to the smallest aperture you can set.
General tips – Try some angles (shoot from above and so on). Change reflectors positions and find your sweet spot. Don’t eat all the candy by yourself, let your kids get some after…`-)
Using your pocket camera combined with an optical slave flash can add some creative ideas.
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This time I want to introduce you with a new photographer I got to know recently, His name is Dr. Tilo “Gallo” Gockel and he has a great site (here), one of the best sites I visited for a long time, its in German, but you can learn from the images, the type of work you just want to get out and shoot after you see how easy it is.We are going to cover at least three aspects/setups of his work, so lets start!
This image caught my eye as it is very clean and has the high key look that we are challenging on the January Photography Challenge and as I digged in a bit more, I realised that this setup is so easy and unique that I must go deeper check this folk. Here is his setup, we are going to analyze it a bit. Read more →
Hi , this tut is from Edward (Ed) Durbin, Ed found a very creative way to create a slider (could watch 10 sec movie at the bottom) on which you can put a wine glass, sliding the glass to the end of the slider’s rail will make it stop and the wine or other colorful liquid you’ll put in splash out of the glass in a very “photogenic” way, So lets dig in and read more!
Photographing shiny objects is a very complicated task, some weeks ago I tried to photograph a friend of mine silver jewellery medallions. As we where tyring to learn our way through this, we found it very difficult to get it done perfectly, I mean you can do it pretty good and it might be enough for most us, but we wanted to make it perfect…
On the quest to the perfect image we found a nice YouTube stream , it belongs to a very good site (http://www.learnmyshot.com/) who has some nice free photography how to lesson collection (see here), however, I got to this site after watching a movie, who deals mainly with the problems you’ll face when trying to photograph silver objects.
There are two main difficulties you’ll have to compete with:
Reflections – with metal objects everything’s gets reflected, I actually saw my camera lens reflected on the medalion even while I photographed it in a light tent.
Getting the right lighting – getting a good contrasty image isn’t an easy thing.
Watch the movie and you’ll get some nice ideas:
Robert Grant used a Canon 30D , Canon 10-22, Av mode and evaluative metering mode. No flshes where used here, but only one bulb light. For getting the light diffused , Robert used a roll of white tissue paper.
And here is a video of the really budget equipment Robert uses on his tutorials
I offer you to see this movie and visit the site, as it has lots of great ideas!!!
This post is one of my first guest posts ever to diyphotographystuff.info. Its written by Márton Gorka (facebook page) a Hungarian amateur photographer who’s images I saw on flickr and asked him to share some of his wisdom with you guys.
The image idea first came up when I saw a Benoit Linard image doing something similar on other site, he used flour and I decided to try create something with the same mood. I wanted to capture an illusion of pouring flour (white) as the background is dark black that’s where the name (“midnight cooking”) for that setup came from. So lets start!
Saucepan – I used a saucepan, but any type of tank will suite this.
Whisker – You can use other kitchen gadgets.
Something to hold the whisker in place
Black cardboard (backdrop, flags) – if you have a enough room behind the scene you might skip it as the background will stay dark.