DIY Video and Photography Projects

Film Riot DIY Dual Shoulder Mount
January 20, 2012


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The guys at FilmRiot throw together a $25 dollar build video for a DIY Dual Shoulder Mount. [Thanks Anthony].

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DIY Video Shooter Support
December 3, 2011


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YouTube member TheEthanThompson has a very simple idea on how to use an articulating friction arm to add a bit of extra support when shooting hand held. The arm can be positioned much like a gun stock / target shooter to add an extra point of contact. My guess is you’ll need at least the [...]

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DIY DSLR Stabilizer + DIY Slider
May 5, 2011


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Madeline writes in and shares a couple of cool looking DIY projects. First up is a stabilizer mainly made up of Bike parts (looks closely) and a few custom machined rails.

Second on the DIY list is a camera slider that was part of a rowing type exercise machine found in the trash. Talk about eco-friendly [...]

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DIY DSLR Cage from Light Tent
March 17, 2011


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Ready for a sweet little DIY DSLR Cage? Submitted by Andy Clancy, this cage was put together from an off the shelf light tent kit and a cheese style plate. The main part of the cage originally was a light tent for small product photography. A few bike styled handles on the rails, and the [...]

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Ikea Cutting Board to DSLR Rig
February 10, 2011


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YouTube member kimandcris shares a DIY DSLR Shoulder rig build using an IKEA cutting board and some Aluminum tubing. Cutting, sanding, and bending sounds like a tough DIY, but the materials seem to be easy enough to work with. Cutting board approx. $7 dollars. We’ve got some interesting DIY’ers out there with quite an imagination. [...]

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DIY Adjustable Offset for Cheap Shoulder Support
January 3, 2011


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Sorry things have been quiet here, but i’m working on packing up for CES (Las Vegas) this week. I want to travel light, so I minimized the amount of parts on a lightweight shoulder rig setup. It’s mostly Express35 rails and clamps on the Cheap Shoulder Support by going straight inline, but I still really [...]

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Gini Rig’s got a few new Pads
December 9, 2010


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The all too basic shoulder pad on most rigs are not as comfortable as they might appear. The firm silicone pads give wide placement of the rig to the shoulder, but does nothing for comfort. To add extra stability, relieve weight from the hands, and added comfort here are some alternative budget shoulder mounts. First [...]

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DIY Shoulder Rig Counter Weight System
November 10, 2010


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This is a follow up video showing how I mounted the heavy 4 pound weight I purchased to the Gini Shoulder Rig. With a spare dog bone clamp, a straight hole through both items, I was able to run a bolt and a clamp knob to hold it steadily in place. The original article can [...]

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DIY Counter Weight Solution for Shoulder Rigs
November 9, 2010


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The Gini Rig I posted about in this article is an awesome piece of gear. Definitely something you should look into if you’re looking for a solid DSLR shoulder rig. I suggest doing some research on what your options are and compare prices with other gear. Like many others out there, I didn’t pay the [...]

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Offset and Raised for DIY Shoulder Support
October 14, 2010


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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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DIY DSLR Rig / Dolly – Packs up Small
October 7, 2010


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Thanks to Thomas for sending in a very interesting DIY DSLR Rig. The entire rig was built by his father to be super light, super modular, and even adds a few wheels for some dolly style tracking. Everything packs up into a small bag, DIY follow focus included. There’s a bit more information and a [...]

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DIY DSLR Shoulder Rig – by Derek
July 29, 2010


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Any designs using these plug clamps, I’ve been crediting as the ‘Johan’ rig. Johan originally sent in his DIY DSLR idea found here, and it’s been a hit. I even have my hands on these clamps trying to put together my own.
Here’s one very cool looking DIY DSLR rig from Derek out in Detroit, [...]

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Two more Awesome DIY builds
July 22, 2010


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Just happened upon a couple of videos that linked back to the blog. Here’s the original articles they were referencing.
http://cheesycam.com/test-diy-dslr-cage-fig-rig-stabilizer/
http://cheesycam.com/20-00-diy-offset-shoulder-rig-cheesyrig/
Wow, these guys really know how to DIY! I’m glad the videos they shot are much more creative than my forte ‘on the floor of a bedroom with a carpet background’. I really hate to post [...]

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Crazy DSLR Rig + Everything! eBay Auction
July 19, 2010


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Wow, adding everything up on this rig, it’s pretty much a sweet deal. No hassles in building and configuring your own DSLR setup, this listing has it all and ready to ship. Complete shoulder mount, tripod blocks, 1 follow focus for Focus pulls, 1 follow focus for Zoom pulls, A bunch of Focus Rings, (not [...]

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DIY DSLR Rig -Johan Plug Wire Clamps
July 19, 2010


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Above is the famous little photo sent in by Johan about his DIY DSLR rig using Automotive Plug Wire Clamps. I originally posted this article: http://cheesycam.com/diy-dslr-rig-four-thirds-rig/. I really liked the look of this thing, but couldn’t decide if it were going to be beefy enough to support an actual DSLR. It’s hard to visualize the [...]

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DIY DSLR Rig – Four Thirds Rig?
July 2, 2010


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This is soooo cool!!! I love running a DIY blog for times like these when someone shares their idea. This submission was sent to me from Johan. Unfortunately Johan doesn’t have a web address I can link to, but leave your comments here for him to read.
Most of the time, i’m trying to assemble DIY [...]

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