DIY Video and Photography Projects

22Oct DIY PVC Camera Shoulder Support


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You won’t find many of my DIY’s using PVC, but here’s one I think is worth mentioning. Submitted by Hal Robertson, I think it’s a project just about anyone can tackle in an afternoon and an ice cream budget. If you’re like me, they have the exact same parts available in at least Copper Piping, [...]

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22Oct The Yongnuo Remote Portable LCD + GoPro HD Hero


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Here’s a perfect example of “Why Didn’t I Think of That???!”. I talked about the Yongnuo remote LCD viewfinder a few times and ordered one myself. Article found here: http://cheesycam.com/remote-lcd-live-view-for-dslr-video-exciting/. I’ve used it for the Palo Alto adapter to do some Painters Pole Photography so that I can frame a shot and fire the camera’s [...]

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19Oct Ikan Friction Follow Focus – The F3 Review


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Canon 60D with Ikan F3 Friction Follow Focus System on 85mm F/1.2
I finally had some time to test out the Ikan F3 Friction Follow Focus system, it’s actually quite neat. What’s there to really say about it? It’s built with quality parts, and it does the job for any entry level DSLR shooter looking for [...]

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19Oct Canon LP-E6 OEM for Cheap?


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I’ve confused myself on this one. Almost 2 years ago, I purchased a whole bunch of LP-E6 aftermarket batteries that did not display the battery meter on the cameras. I still use them today, but since I was looking to add more batteries to the collection, I was searching for the newer ones that are [...]

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18Oct Tamron 18-270mm – It’s a Bargain


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Above, i’m showing off my Tamron 18-270mm with VC ‘Vibration Control’. I just took a few snaps right now for you guys in honor of this next post. I’m a believer that not one lens can do it all, which is why in this hobby you’ll find yourself collecting quite a bit of different lenses. [...]

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18Oct Cheap 3pc Lighting Kit Photography Samples


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Just got an email this morning again asking about how I like the Cheap 3pc Lighting kit that I talked about a short while back. For the price of a single 500 LED light, you can get this set of three – all dimmable with diffusers. There’s pros and cons to all lighting, this is [...]

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18Oct DIY LCD View Finder Loupe


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Thanks to a tip from Tim for sending this in. Here’s a clever LCD View finder from Vimeo member Alan Morris. Crafted from Plexi Glass and a Child’s Binocular toy for the magnification piece, this view finder looks pretty legit. Alan also throws in an interesting way to mount and release the view finder from [...]

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18Oct DIY DSLR Bearing Based Slider


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Your inquiries have been answered. Not long ago Greg Royar mentioned on this blog about a DIY DSLR bearing based slider he made. Here’s the video explaining how it’s all put together. Of course Greg does mention he’s had some help from his Machine Shop to get everything a bit more accurate. Sounds like you’ll [...]

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18Oct DIY DSLR Top Handle


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Eric writes in with a modified screwdriver mounted to a flexible Umbrella bracket combined to create a DIY DSLR top handle. There’s more photos and a better idea on how it’s all put together found over at his Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/100thousandquestions/5088164615/in/set-72157625055308483/

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18Oct Ikan Elements DSLR Rigs


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Lately, Ikan has been putting more effort into expanding DSLR accessories, especially Camera Support Stabilizers. Here’s a recent Demo video talking about more additions to their ‘Elements’ line of DSLR targeted stabilizers and their F3 friction follow focus system, which mounts ‘every which way but loose’ (old Clint Eastwood reference). You can find some of [...]

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18Oct DIY Camera / Lens Custom Formed Cases


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Here’s a couple of DIY Custom Form Molded Cases from Vimeo member Roberto Caverra and Bernie Hipos. A couple of peeps with some DIY inspiration on camera bags and rolling cases.
Email from Roberto Below -
Hey, simple idea using expanding foam in a can. $20 case bought at a flee market, $10 foam can.
1. I covered [...]

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16Oct DIY Camera ‘Ladder Dolly’ Designed Slider


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Vimeo member J.G. Pasterjak shows how you can take a few pieces of angled iron, 8 skate wheels, and some miscellaneous nuts and bolts to whip up a ‘Ladder Dolly’ inspired slider design. He doesn’t really mention the words Ladder Dolly, but this design has basically been around for quite a while. Cheap ladder dollies [...]

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15Oct Canon 60D Battery Grip BG-E9 Review


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Now that the Canon 60D has had time to hit the streets, emails are coming with questions about the Canon BGE9 Battery Grip. Unfortunately it’s still too early for something aftermarket, but here’s a closer look at the pricier Canon BG-E9 OEM grip.

BG-E9 Battery Grip For Canon 60D
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15Oct Canon 60D vs. 7D HDMI Output Resolution Test


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I’ve updated the video from the earlier post to include a Canon 7D HDMI output test (at the end of the video). Instead of just updating the old article on the Canon 60D HDMI output, I thought this Canon 7D test would be interesting enough to just re-post the results all over again. Here i’m [...]

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14Oct Offset and Raised for DIY Shoulder Support


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Vimeo member Tim Perkins looks to be a clever DIY guy. You can see him working a DIY LCD Viewfinder on his 550D. This time Tim takes a hint from a previously shared video found here: http://cheesycam.com/tripod-to-shoulder-support/ about using a tripod as a simple ’shoulder support’ and finds gold in an old Bogen 3D tripod [...]

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13Oct Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit BTS Interview


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A rep from EA Sports dropped in today for a quick interview about the new video game ‘Need for Speed – Hot Pursuit’. Can be found here: Need For Speed – Hot Pursuit
Just thought I’d share a quick clip of an interview I thought went fairly well considering the time constraints. The rep came earlier [...]

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