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Any ideas on how to DIY an equivalent to an SB-800?

February 10th, 2009 · 5 Comments

No?   Me neither.

I wish I did though as this past weekend I lost my SB-800!  I’ve been going around since then cursing my carelessness!  Arggg!!!

Lets just say that when leaping hurriedly into and out of a taxi in the dark while holding a toddler in one hand and a camera bag in the other hand it is wise to make sure that the bag is fully

 and securely

 closed!

The little carrying case I had the flash in was also stuffed with little DIY items which I’ll have to remake such as the folding grid spot and the sticky IR filter as well as all the gels I’ll have to re-cut.

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Demo Video for DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1

December 18th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I thought it was well past time that I did some more explanation of how to use the new features in DIYPhotobits.com Camera Control 2.1.

Turns out my video skills need a bit of work though as I ended up putting together a 10 minute video, the YouTube limit, and only covered half the features. Still, I hope this is helpful both to see what sort of thing the script is useful for — in this case I’m covering self-portrait balancing flash vs ambient ala Strobist.

 

(Click through and view the high quality version if you want to read the text!)

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You know what a Justin Clamp is, right?

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you follow any of the small light shooters or “strobism” in general as I do then you’ll have come across the “Justin Clamp” quite a few times in passing.  If not, then lets just say it is an ugly beast that provides several useful ways to attach something to something else — typically a hotshoe flash to a pole, shelf, tripod leg or probably someone’s nose if they stay still long enough.

Supposedly it was invented by Justin Stailey (formerly of Bogen, now of Leica USA per Drew Gardner)  to satisfy the need of one particular photographer, but anyone can buy one if you are prepared to part with the cash.

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Tags: Hardware

Folding Paper Grid Spot

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In my last post I used the folding paper grid spot — you know what a grid spot is right

?   Now there are plenty of ways of making your own — if you don’t want to buy a professionally made one

— the most effective seem to be using black drinking straws, and I have made a couple like that and they are great.

But they are a little on the bulky side — I mean I can’t slip one into my pocket — at least not without the girls saying “Is the a grid spot in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me“.   So wanting to be a little more discrete I came up with this idea.

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DIY Bamboo Light Stand

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Why a bamboo light stand?  Well if you are a reader of Strobist

then you know that lightstands are very handy — if not read here first.  Of course a factory built one is simple and probably the best option

, but it isn’t exactly cheap.  Particularly if you want more than one — and you will, you’ll want several.  There’s your main light, then fill, then hair and rim lights, and what about some reflectors and…  you get the picture.  Just try not to over-do the whole speedlight thing, heh?

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Tags: Hardware