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]
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 (ShootHybrid.com), 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]