DIY Video and Photography Projects

GoDox External Battery Pack For Canon Nikon Flash
November 11, 2012


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For photographers who need longer battery life with Speedlite flashes, the standard has been very expensive Quantum battery packs. Typically around $300+ dollars (seen here via B&H). There are a few cheap external solutions that use 6x AA batteries (seen here on eBay), but they are merely extended power sources and often don’t help to [...]

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Triple Shoe Mount Bracket Adapter
August 31, 2012


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Just received a couple of these Triple Shoe Adapter Brackets. I guess you can also use it to mount three other hot shoe accessories like a microphone, portable recorder, etc. It’s all metal, pretty heavy duty, and should come in handy for me to mount three flashes or three LED video lights to make a [...]

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Canon Lens and Speedlite Rebates
August 24, 2012


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Reminder that the B&H Canon Lens and Speedlite Rebates expire next weekend. These are instant discounts like $300 off the famous Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens or $120 instant discount on my favorite Canon 100mm F/2.8 IS Macro. Find more details about all the discounts available following the link to [...]

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DIY HoneyComb Speedlight Grid
May 25, 2012


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A honeycomb grid on your flash helps direct and concentrate light, and depending on the design of the honeycomb you can even achieve a very tight spotlight. YouTube member CAMPHOTOPIX shares his DIY grid build that is based on a bunch of cut straws. I’m not sure where this first started from, but it’s an [...]

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Yongnuo RF603n Wireless Trigger Test
May 20, 2012


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YouTube member Wandomphoto performs a distance test with the Yongnuo RF603n (the n is for Nikon), and claims some pretty good results up to 1/4 mile away. These are very basic triggers and receivers that lack all the other high speed sync and communications that other high end triggers offer, but are fairly reliable. I [...]

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DIY ETTL Flash Cable Extension
January 29, 2012


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So you want to move your flash off camera? Sure you can use inexpensive wireless triggers, but the biggest drawback to moving a flash off camera, is losing ETTL communication and High Speed Sync. Unless of course you’re shelling out some serious cash for a wireless remote system like Radio Poppers to supports this. YouTube [...]

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Adjustable Umbrella Brackets for RF-602(3)
November 22, 2011


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There’s been some recent comments about off camera Flashes and the cheaper RF-602 or RF-603 wireless triggers. If you decide to go this route, remember that the trigger fits directly underneath the flash. Once you have this set up you can screw a light stand directly underneath the RF-602 receiver’s 1/4-20 thread mount, but this [...]

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Quick Octagon Softbox Diffuser
November 10, 2011


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I just received my Octagon softboxes that are used as a light modifier for flash photography. They set up super fast like umbrellas but function more like traditional softboxes. I’ll do a video later about how easy these things go together with my Speedlights.

500 LED Video light – Pop up Softbox
Normally you would use a [...]

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Yongnuo YN-467 Flash $4.52?
October 27, 2011


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Could be an error, or maybe not. Right now Amazon has a Yongnuo YN-467 listed at $4.52 + 0.50 cents shipping. [Thanks Jamaal] So for just about a grand total of $5.02 cents, you could be walking away with an extra flash. These Yongnuos don’t support communication with the cameras as the higher end models, [...]

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Octagon Softbox for Portable Speedlite Flash
October 23, 2011


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Apollo Orb Softbox
I enjoy shooting with small flashes because it’s just easier to travel with and set up. I can practically pull a three piece lighting kit out of a backpack. The problem you’ll run into with small flashes is trying to diffuse it with light modifiers. Softboxes are a popular choice for portrait [...]

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Yongnuo YN-565EX with Radio Popper PX
August 25, 2011


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If you’re a bit late on this article, the new Yongnuo 565EX flash can be triggered by a Canon remote. So questions came up whether the Yongnuo YN-565EX Flash will work with the Radio Popper PX wireless triggers. Indeed it does and i’ve run some tests. There’s no reason it shouldn’t because the Radio Popper [...]

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Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Flash – Quick Review
August 24, 2011


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The Yongnuo YN-565EX ETTL Flash for Canon and Nikon is so far very nice. Yongnuo has really stepped up their game with this new YN565EX, providing a solid build that feels very similar to the Canon 580EX II which is the top notch in Canon gear. Many other features only available in Canon’s top flashes [...]

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Yongnuo YN565EX Speedlite Flash
August 8, 2011


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Thanks to Eugene for filling me in on this one. Yongnuo’s latest YN5656EX / YN-565EX flash is showing some face internationally. Support for Canon’s ETTL, this latest flash really targets the Canon 580EX II so closely that it can actually be triggered by a Canon Master (even Nikon commander). It’s also compatible to be triggered [...]

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Yongnuo RF-603 Unboxing and Demo
August 2, 2011


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Jonathan writes in and shares his Yongnuo RF-603 unboxing with a quick demo. The RF-603 is an upgrade from the previous RF-602 model. A single RF-603 can act both as a transmitter and receiver, as to where the 602 were actual separate units. This is definitely more convenient and also changes the required batteries to [...]

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Triple Flash Bracket Yonguno RF602
July 9, 2011


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Sweet little setup by Vimeo member kaydawgy shows a triple flash bracket with Yongnuo Speedlites and Yongnuo RF602 wireless flash triggers. As mentioned in the video, instead of using a single flash at full power, you can use several flashes at low power. This will give you faster recycle times and a broad light source [...]

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Brolly Box Umbrella Softbox Flash Kit
June 20, 2011


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Planning on shooting some off camera flash photos? Here’s a decent kit to diffuse that lighting for portraits or product photography. If you hate setting up and breaking down softboxes (like I do), then these umbrella/softbox hybrid light modifiers work great. Often referred to as Brolly Boxes, the shoot through diffusers pack up small, set [...]

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