DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Bokeh Photography Effects
June 3, 2011


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Without going much into detail, you can cut shapes that will show up in your Bokeh. Here’s an excellent video from Make Magazine on how to do just that. This was a very popular DIY thing with still photographers, you can find tons of examples on Flickr. This technique also can be used with Video [...]

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Interesting DSLR Rig w/ Follow Focus Hard Stops
January 15, 2011


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Moving focus from point A to point B perfectly is a trick. A follow focus system with marking disc will help you pinpoint that, but then the dollars start adding up. The old Hose Clamp with a Bolt trick is the dirt cheap way to move a lens, but never seemed like a perfect solution.

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DIY shoulder rig – interesting Follow Focus system
August 23, 2010


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Check out this new DIY spin on an old DIY trick from Nate Gallagher. Inspired from the crazy popular Wooden Shoulder rig in which the handle is rotated as a follow focus system, Nate Gallagher takes a simple gear box and some type of U-Joint and transforms it into his own clever Follow Focus whip. [...]

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True DIY Timelapse Artists – BTS
August 21, 2010


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Was just reading an article from Timothy Allen explaining some TimeLapse tips and techniques. At the end of the article you’ll catch this video (above) of a behind the scenes documentary on some insane TimeLapse planning and rigs. Switch to HD for best quality. I love how they built their own Ladder dolly, used a [...]

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Plug Wire Clamp DIY Shooter
August 7, 2010


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Rick Q. over at http://www.rcqcreativeworks.com takes a crack at the Johan DIY Plug Wire Clamp rig and comes up with a simple shooter. Great job on this one, I might have to copy this design for my smaller lightweight cameras. The original article for the DIY plug wire clamp rig can be found here.

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DIY Friday – A few videos
August 6, 2010


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I always admit how poorly some of my DIY videos are. Many times I just show beginning, skip middle, straight to the end results. I don’t explain clearly how it’s all put together. Well if you plan on building that Cheesycam DSLR Cage Fig Rig Stabilizer, you may want to take a look at the [...]

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More DIY Builds & Tips
June 23, 2010


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First of all, I want to apologize if i’m not very responsive to many of the comments or emails that come in. I’m pretty overwhelmed with the response this blog has, and being a one man show, i’m trying my best! I’m an average guy, with an 80 mile commute (one way) in the mornings, [...]

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CheesyCam Rigs Gone Wild
June 14, 2010


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Wow, it’s amazing how a simple product from the aisles of a home improvement store can be transformed into so many different things by so many different people. In Video world, this is actually becoming a quite popular little DIY stabilizer and feedback has been great about the stability of the tool. Here’s a couple [...]

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Cheesycam DIY Follow Focus $13.00
May 24, 2010


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Depending on the type of Video work you do, Follow focus systems might be more of a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘must have’. I’m not shooting the next George Lucas film or anything, so for the most part I really didn’t look into Follow Focus systems. I’ve been getting tons of requests though [...]

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$4 dollar Handlebar Clamps = Tripod Mounts
May 24, 2010


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Woohoo! Happy these guys came in, I was waiting a few weeks for these. These are handlebar clamps for a camera with a standard 1/4 x 20 thread. These are going to work great for a ton of my DIY projects. Funny, I don’t see anyone using them for the idea [...]

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Camera Hand Grip
May 12, 2010


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I saw these grips a while back online, but thought they would be something very tiny and not very useful. Turns out these things are quite large and the company who makes it also designs Gun and Rifle type stabilizers. I have yet to see a DSLR + Viewfinder with this handle, but thinking that [...]

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3D Video coming to a DSLR new you
April 8, 2010


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So i’m getting calls from all the non-techies in the family asking me about 3D televisions. I guess Samsung made their big announcement to be the first LCD with the guts to display real time 3D Video (with the glasses of course), and now everyone wants the latest gadgets. Well DIY 3D photographers or videographers [...]

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More More More – 126 LED DSLR Video Lights
April 8, 2010


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Update!! You Can Find the Popular 126 LED DSLR Video Light Kit Here!!
I have a long drive to work everyday, about 2.5 hours (one way). So it’s nice to see something sitting on my desk when I get in. I’m lovin’ these LED lights I posted up about a while back and am finding more [...]

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DIY Skater Dolly Video Camera Rotational Axis Dolly
March 28, 2010


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This is a quick post, i’ll get more photos and information up soon:
This was something I designed a long time ago, but haven’t shared it with the DIY community. It was still a work in progress and has been through many different phases. I’ve tried different types of materials, but feel if you want best [...]

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$20.00 DIY offset Shoulder Rig for DSLR – CheesyRig
March 25, 2010


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I was bored, collected a few parts from Home Depot and decided to hack up a quick DIY Offset Shoulder rig. Since DSLR’s don’t have the flip out LCD option, placement of the ViewFinder needs to be offset. I also added some weights to the rear to help balance things out and it won’t feel [...]

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Hague MMC Back in the Game?
March 17, 2010


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The Hague MMC ( Mini Motion Cam ) is a small stabilizer similar to the Steadicam Merlin design by Garrett Brown. It was ruled out in my books as being totally unsuitable as a Camera Stabilizer for DSLR’s when I first tried it out. The Hague stabilizer is small, lightweight, and cheaper than most [...]

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