Photographing in water can be a bit expensive (in case you don;t know how to water proof you gear).
I saw some photographers using nylon bags to cover their flashes while they try to get some images done.
in case you want to use your flashes in the water, there are some DIY ways to do it , basically what I did is a dual layer water isolation:
How to protect you flash in the water:
(Thats how I do it, there are millions other ways – its your gear do what you want)
After setting the flashes, I covered them with a plastic sandwich bags. You can use more than one, they won’t eat much of you light power.
Putting them into a plastic canister – you can use Coca Cola bottles or any other type of transparent canisters.
I know this isn’t 100% water proof, but in most cases , unless your gear “drowns” in the pool, you’ll be safe.
How to take swimming action images:
I’ll cover here the basics of the bts in the video bellow and how I do it when I’m in a wet situation:
lighting – there are two flashes used here, as this movie was taken about 2 years ago with strobist gear, they used a two YN560II lights. The YN560II is the best flash per $$$ you can ever imagine. Both flashes were triggered by a YN602RF. As you may already know you can get the newer YN560III (reviewed here) and skip the RF602/3.
Lights are put in a canister and hold in some DIY connection to a tripod and into the water!!! If you are shooting in a small pool like the one in the tut bellow, you don’t have to put the flashes in the water. I use the DIY flash Holder to attach the flashes to the tripod
Settings - both flashes are at 1/8th full power, camera is about 1/125th sec, get the ISO as low as you can to avoid ambient light.
Here is a nice video I found on the how to
Do you think you can do it too, You are welcomed to share you best images here!
January’s photography challenge was our third challenge on diyphotographystuff. This month we had 10 images posted , picking the winner was a tight mission but after all there has to be one winner, so January’s photography challenge winner is:
This image posted by Terry Clair :
photographed with his Fuji S2 Pro, I must say that Terry poseted here some images and he has a big camera arsenal.
The Fuji S2 is one of the first DSLR cameras I’ve used, it has spectacular colors even today, 10 or more years after it was first announced, it has a very unique color and skin tones.
However, We are going to take a month off with the photography challenges, we will get back soon with bigger prizes and hope for bigger crowd.
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!
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, just wanted to share with you a nice lighting setup I found on the web. This one interested me a lot, not only there is a funny bath plastic duck my 2 years girl plays while having a bath, but also because it used a diy small softbox from a shoe box, that I made some years ago and was one of my first posts on this site…`-)
Anyhow as I contacted Lance Oliver the photographer, I found out that he is also the owner of a very cool lighting diagrams creator site (SyLights) who has a growing photographers community, so thumbs up for Lance.
This setup is pretty easy, all you need is two lighting sources (although I think just one will do a good job too) build a shoebox softbox and some kind of a bowl or other water container to hold the duck in it.
Setup settings go like this:
White paper as a background to the setup.
One main light – in this setup Lance used the very popular strobist flash, the Nikon SB28, zoomed 24mm wide and set to 1/32th full power. Of course shoot through a small shoebox softbox.
Second light – another SB28 to light the background into a very nice white.
Camera settings – using Canon 550D, 1/200th sec , ISO 100, f/5, Focal length 37mm.
This is how the setup actually looks:
This is what I call easy and fun!!!
You guys are welcomed to comment here and attach your images of such setups. PLS pay a visit to Lance’s site SYLIGHTS.com
Yep Israel finally made it the quarter finals in the Davis cup.The games will be played this weekend 10-12 July,so expect me to slow down my writing.After that I have some tight two weeks as I go for the some army training,but be sure I get back firied up with ideas!!!
One of he options for controlling the size of your flash light beam is using a snoot or a grid.Both of those methods will be introduce to you in very simple DIY projects that will improve your photographic creativity very fast and easy.But there is another way to control the size of your flash beam and it is controlling the flash zoom manually.Here is a quick example to the change in the beam size as you change the zoom factor.The camera Canon 40D on the wide side of the Canon 17-55 IS (27mm film equivalent):
flash zoom 105mm
flash zoom 80mm
flash zoom 70mm
flash zoom 50mm
flash zoom 35mm
flash zoom 24mm
You can easly see how the flash cover changes as you change the zoom of the flash.
How to use it for your photography creativity?we’ll load some photos soon!