Here’s a great (and cheap) DIY project that you can easily make at home and knock out in no time.  In the video above, Photographer Tiffany Angeles demonstrates how to make a dual purpose backdrop/reflector that you can use in your own home studio, or even when you’re on location.  The materials are inexpensive and you can find them at any Home Supplies Store.  These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background. [More]
The Gang from theSlantedLens put together this cool DIY Green Screen for about $14 bucks (not including the mic stands) by using a piece of PVC Pipe, a couple of Microphone Stands and some fabric from your favorite fabric store. By using a Green Screen and Chroma Key, you can easily create eye popping effects in your videos (>>Click Here<< to learn more about chroma key). Materials Used… Green gabardine fabric (determine the size that you want your screen to be and buy accordingly.  It’s best to go to the fabric store to pick this out in person so that [More]
A few weeks ago, we posted a video by Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik) with detailed instructions on how to build a DIY Jib Crane/Shoulder Rig he has developed called the RotoRig.  I think it’s one of the best DIY Jib’s that I’ve seen and apparently, a lot of people agree as the response to his video has been off the charts – so much so that Chad has now posted a Q&A follow up video (above) that we wanted to share with our readers who are interested in building a RotoRig of their own. Go To RotoRig Tutorial Video
Whether you’re an aspiring photographer/filmmaker or a seasoned pro, you know that one of the biggest truths about the photo/video industry is that those who get involved by and large have a passion for their craft.  A passion for creation that helps them to bring their images to life.  Of course, after going around pricing up all the cameras, lenses and gear that you want, a second major truth becomes apparent…  Photography and Filmmaking can be expensive (especially if you’re starting out from scratch), but they don’t have to be… How To Start Your Photo/Video Business on a Budget Once [More]
Here’s another great idea from Scott Eggleston (aka The Frugal Filmmaker).  This time, it’s for a low cost alternative to an OWLE camera stabilizer.  By using a Nintendo Wii Steering Wheel and a mini ballhead, Scott creates a mini version of the “FigRig” stabilizer that’s used by many pro and indie videographers.  Of course, this option is a bit cheaper. Fig Rig = $309.99 USD OWLE = over $100 USD Wii Steering Wheel + Mini Ballhead = Somewhere between $5.00 and $35.00 USD The Frugal Filmmaker found the Wii Steering Wheel for under $1.00 at the Dollar Store, so you [More]
A couple weeks ago, we posted an article called “How To Build a RotoRig DIY JIb Crane/Shoulder Rig” that’s been getting a great response.  The RotoRig is one of the (if not THE) best DIY Jib Cranes I’ve ever seen, and it would seem that a lot of people agree, because many are now building and using their own RotoRig devices. Two of the latest are my708class (video above) and Thomas Emmerich (video below), who are shown testing their RotoRigs. We take our hat’s off to people like Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – subscribe to his YT Channel Here) who [More]
About a week ago, I ran across a video (above) by Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – He’s got lots of cool DIY videos posted, so definitely subscribe to his YT Channel) in which he gave a short demo of a new DIY Jib Crane/Shoulder Rig he had developed called the RotoRig, which has to be one of the best DIY Jib’s that I’ve seen. Chad has now posted the “How To Build a RotoRig” video (below), as well as a parts list and drilling diagram that we’ll share here.  Enjoy! Drill Hole Diagram Download (Click image for Chad’s updated, downloadable [More]
Via DIYPhotography –  Looks like Adobe is unlocking the vault and allowing people to download and older version of their vaunted creative suite.  Granted, it’s not CS6, but the 2005 version (aka CS2) still kicks plenty of backside, and if you haven’t gotten into using Adobe’s tools, this is a great way to get your feet wet and learn the premier photo and video editing software on the planet. DIYP writes:  It is not the latest version, but rather the 2005 CS2 version, but it rocked back then and it still rocks today if you are looking for a free [More]
Light Painting is a cool technique where the photographer/artist shoots in the dark with the shutter wide open and manipulates the image by either using several multicolored, moving light sources or moving the camera to produce effects like the ones in the picture below (Behind the Scenes video above). DIYPhotography posted a great article showing several behind the scenes light painting projects by Photographer and light artist Vincent Bruno, who takes a 15 seconds time lapse BTS of every light painting that he does so you can learn and light paint like a true ninja. Here are a few more [More]
Can you really light an interview for $26 USD?  DIYPhotography posted a great video about how to set up 3 point interview lighting on the cheap (above).  While it’s not something you’d want to do for a professional job, it is a great option for someone who’s just starting out and working on a tight budget.  It will also give you the opportunity to learn how to stage your lighting for different circumstances. Here’s another video from SRLounge for even more inspiration. For a more Professional Option Check a great and inexpensive studio lighting kit from ePhoto Here posted a great article that gives a super-detailed behind the scenes look at how Epochs – the awesome Stop Motion Film above, was shot. DIYPhoto Reports:  Hawaii based photographer Sean Goebel shot Epochs, a spectacular time lapse piece over 11 months and 4 states. Interestingly enough, a lot of the tracking gear he used was home made and lots of the “pro” gear borrowed. Just goes to show that talent and dedication trumps budget anytime. Sean was king enough to share the complete super-detailed making of Epochs, including gear lists, locations, challanges and a lost-in-a-desert with a dying flash [More]
Stabilization is crucial when shooting video, and even though the Optical and In Body Stabilization systems on today’s mirrorless cameras has come a long way, it’s still not perfect.  Enter the video shoulder rig stabilizer.  There are many to choose from, but they can get pretty expensive.  But if you have a little time and a little money to spend on some PVC Pipe, here are two solutions for you. The video above is from TheSlantedLens is is a very simple solution for about $10.00. Below is a video from Vu Le that’s a little more complex, and a little [More]
Can you really put together a workable video slider dolly for less than $6.00 USD? In this short video, our good friend and MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (, who we sometimes call “The McGyver of the Photography World”,  shows you exactly how he put together a great tabletop video slider dolly in about 10 minutes with $6 worth of PVC and a few items that that he had lying around the house (and that you probably lying around your house too). By using a dolly like this, you can smooth movement in your videos with your mirrorless camera. These sequences [More]
DIYPhotography Posted this video on creating smoke effects in photos by French Photog Wen-Jié Yang – Yeah, that’s right…  The video is in French, but it’s so cool that it’s DEFINITELY worth reading the subtitles. DIYPhotography writes:  One of the nicer and less common effects we see in light painting is thesmoke effect. Despite of its relative rareness, it is really quite easy to make, as light painter Wen-Jié Yang demonstrates in the video above. As always with Wen-Jie, this is a fast paced, French speaking clip, but well worth going through the subtitles.. Two quick comments: 1. What Wen-Jie [More]