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]
Star trails make for some of the most beautiful, and cool looking photos that almost surreal look – and have posted this excellent tutorial by photographer, instructor, and author Tony Northrup, who shares with us the basics of creating beautiful star trail images. All you need to photograph star trails (besides your camera, lens and tripod) is knowing the right technique, and having a bit of patience. How To Shoot Stars and the Night Sky What you need for your camera: A steady tripod (These MeFoto Tripods are awesome!). It’s good to have a bubble level, that you can put [More]
Our good friend and fellow Hybrid Hero on, Marlene Hielema ( gives an excellent answer to one of the most common reader questions asked here on MC – Can you get bokeh with small sensor mirrorless cameras? Here’s Marlene’s take… To get good bokeh you need to know the three things that control depth of field. Aperture – The larger the f-stop the less depth of field – usually. Focal length – The longer the focal length the less depth of field. It’s really hard to get bokeh with wide angle lenses. Proximity to your subject – The closer [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 43Rumors)  Here’s a great set up tutorial video for users of the Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera, courtesy of mpgxsvcd on YouTube.  This video is pretty thorough, so I’d recommend watching it all the way through once to get an idea of what’s being covered, then go back and watch it again, this time pausing while playing around with your camera’s settings. mpgxsvcd writes The Panasonic LX7 is one of the greatest compact cameras ever created, and yet it has been on sale for as little as $270 [prior to Christmas]. This video will attempt to show you how [More]
MC Contributor and Street Photography Ninja Giulio Sciorio ( and is back after finishing off 2012 with a bang!  Today, the G-man talks about the importance of “getting it right in the camera.” Giulio writes… Getting It Right In Camera Is Easy Talk to any photographer long enough and the topic of getting the image “right in the camera” will come up. To many shooters, getting it right in the camera can seem like a pretty challenging task, but it doesn’t have to be. To me, ”getting it right in the camera” means that when I capture an image, I [More]
Kai, Alamby and the DRTV crew are back, this time for part III of their “Stuck at Home” video series. In this video, DRTV takes a camera and a lens…but they never mount the lens on the camera. “Freelensing is all about holding the lens in front of the camera for some bokehlicious fun. But just what are the results like and how do you do it?” Consider this an open thread…
(Via PictureCorrect) Here’s an easy to follow video tutorial by photographer Ben Canales (video above) that helps to take out a lot of the guesswork when it comes to proper exposure for shooting the night sky. Canales goes over a couple different cameras and what you can expect of them, and although he’s using DSLRs in his tutorial, you can apply the same principles when using your mirrorless system. If you’ve been meaning to learn about this fascinating photography genre, this is a great place to start. From PictureCorrect:  Canales instructs us to take a variety of sample shots to [More]
Kai, Alamby, Lok C and the gang from DigitalRevTV are at it again, this time “worshipping at the Temple of Apple” and having some fun with long exposure photos. DRTV writes:  As it’s the season of doing long exposures (if you’re out shooting christmas light and fireworks), here are some ideas that you might want to try out during this festive season and beyond! Consider this an open thread…
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]
Adobe Photoshop CS (whichever version you have) is one of the most powerful, yet complex pieces of software in existence for photo and video editing, graphic design, etc.  I’ve been using Photoshop now for over 10 years, and I still feeli like I’m only scratching the surface of what this program can do. Enter – an amazing website where you can go for tutorials on just about any piece of software or application that you can imagine as well as creative and business skills. The tutorial above is an example of the excellent materials you can find on their [More] 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]
PictureCorrect posted a great article on How To Photograph Christmas Lights (the video above is a short tutorial on the same subject from Howcast).  Great tips for those who want to capture the beauty and magic of the Christmas Season! Here’s some bullet points from PictureCorrect’s article: The best time to photograph outdoor holiday lights is after the sun goes down but before it is totally dark. During that time period, there is still a touch of ambient light in the atmosphere. Yet it is dark enough so that the lights will not look dull or become overpowered by daylight. [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]
(From PetaPixel):  Video above is a time-lapse video produced by Photo-editing wizard Corey Barker of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, who wanted a photo of his house decorated with Christmas lights but didn’t feel like going through the hassle of physically putting up the decoration.  So he decked his halls virtually… in Photoshop.  All the colorful lights and decorations you see above were ‘shopped in’. Even if you can tell that it’s a ‘shop job, could you tell that it started out as an ordinary photograph shot during the day? Here’s the original photograph Barker started with: If you want [More]
Four professional photographers and a regional rep from X-Rite engage in a conversation about getting the color right from your digital camera. Everyone wants the color in their images to be “spot on” and eliminate things like purple Star Trek looking grass or orange Ooompa Loompa skin tones on the people (apologies to Snooki from Jersey Shore ~_^).  But can we rely on the vastly improved Auto White Balance features on today’s Camera Systems or should we “auto” know better than to use AWB. What are the best practices for getting color right, whether it’s for print or for a [More]
Super-Talented Photographer Suzette Allen (one of our colleagues over on  has just produced one of the best single Hybrid eProducts we’ve ever seen is the new Christmas “eCard” that she made for a client this week. This eCard is exactly what we think photographers should be focusing on (no pun intended ~_^) – and this time next year, we here at and our friends and colleagues over at will be sharing this template with you while showing you exactly how to shoot the best possible images to fill it in. Check out the 35 second long eProduct, [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]
(From PetaPixel)   While in High School, photographer Devon Mikale created a lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop. The high school’s faculty loved it so much that they ended up purchasing it for re-distribution in future classes. Mikale has graciously allowed us to publish the guide here for free. There’s a lot of images and information, but if you’re just getting started and have been overwhelmed by all the different things you need to learn, this guide will walk you through the fundamentals. If you’d like a copy to print out [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]
Suzette Allen is a highly renowned (and incredibly talented) photographer and educator who is now one of our colleagues on, and she just put up a great post on How To Edit Your Video Clips in Lightroom 4. Suzette writes:  Use Lightroom to trim your video clips. It’s fast and easy. Need more than one clip from a single video file, just press Ctrl/Cmd + ‘ (apostrophe) to make a virtual copy and trim out your additional clip. To see Jasmine’s entire show >>CLICK HERE<< Music for the show from Triple Scoop Music (Read Article and see more from [More]
Choosing a camera…  there’s a lot of shiny new gadgets out there to entice you, but what is it that you’re really looking for?  You have to realize  that the average camera body has a relevance lifespan of about 2 years before it’s replaced by the next generation of newer, better, brighter, shinier toys.  Just over the span of the last four years there have been major advancements in image quality, focus speeds, low light capabilities, etc. in mirrorless cameras, but if you’re someone who’s just getting into Hybrid Photography then  your goal should be to cultivate a relationship with [More]
MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk ( interviews MC creator Scott Giorgini about the ins and outs of video production in a series of videos taken from a Google + Hangout. Consider this an open thread… Video 1 (above) is the “Pitfalls of Learning Video”. Other videos in the series are shown below: Video 2: What Gear Do I Need? Video 3: How To Record and Sync Audio Video 4: Editing Your Videos Video 5: Quality vs Quantity Video 6: Lighting Your Shots
Marlene Hielema ( posted an excellent article on highlighting what she calls the “3 Essential Ingredients for Hybrid eProducts.” Marlene writes:  For great looking, easy to make and edit eProducts, you need to get everything right “in camera”. To shoot video you need to let go of the attitude that many inexperienced raw shooters take – the shoot-loose, auto-everything, fix-it-in-Lightroom mentality. The key is in the capture! There’s no room for error. If you can shoot perfect jpeg files now, then video capture will be a cinch for you. If you are new to video capture and want to [More]