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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