Create your own softbox — Round 2

It seems that quite some people find my blog thru the topic Create your own softbox So I thought to my self; well I could try to keep you here or I supply you lot with some good links to other topics with DIY softboxes. I choose the latter, so here we go:

Most of those links require you to buy something in a store you usually don’t have around the house. You don’t have to follow their instructions step b step of course. For instance, take the last link, they used hook-and-loop fasteners but you could also just use a stapler. What I’m saying is be creative! Fast, quick and easy solutions are sometimes the best (I said sometimes! Not all the time ;))

I also found this reflector to be pretty cool. Anyway good luck with making your own equipment!

Project 365

MacToday I was wondering about what kind of project I could start my self and at the same time help out others. I came to the conclusion I’d kick off Project 365 I’ve been wanting to do for quite a long time. You might wonder “what’s that about dude?”. Well I was gonna tell you, chillio! You might already guess what this about and you’ve probably seen it before, in some form at least. Simply said; I will take a picture of a random object, scene or person and tell you how I’ve created it, what kind of lighting techniques I’ve used and all about the post processing of the image.

I’ll also be limiting my self to using 1 strobe (Nikon SB600) and, if available, normal everyday lights you have around the house, of course I’ll be using reflectors if I need them. Here’s a list off photography equipment I will be using (it’s a short list):

  •  dSLR (d’uh!)
  • Light stand
  • Umbrella (white shoot thru)
  • a Strobe

That’s all! Everything else will be self made (we go DIY style!). The reason I’m limiting my self to these items is to show you that you can create awesome photo’s with minimum equipment. Oh and of course, when I create some self-fabricated softbox I’ll show you how it’s done.

So why am I doing this? First off all, I start this project to learn a long the way, hopefully develop new skills and techniques while I try to educate you for free! How cool is that? The first one will be about the keyboard as shown above, so stay tuned till Monday about how it’s done.

I’m going to start on this project next Monday (November 16th 2009) so stay tuned for epic “making-offs” 😉

Links

The blog dedicated to Project 365
Flickr set for Project 365 
First in the series — Keyboard

Wednesday Weekly – 5 Interesting blog posts

 

Wednesday Weekly

Welcome to the first Wednesday Weekly {WW}. Let me exlpain what this is all about; each week I’ll be featuring 5 interesting links to other bloggers — mostly about photography — and hopefully supply you with some interesting reading material.

 

Today I’ll have Free WordPress themes related to photography, mistakes we have made as amateur photographers, Hawt Hawt flashes, oldie photo’s with the gimp and Mother Russia Lomo Photo techniques. Enjoy!

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Four photography plugins you must have

Hello everybody and welcome to yet another shitty rainy day (fuck, you gotta love this country).

Today I’ll have a couple of awesome “free” (what’s free these days?) software plugins and standalone software goodies. The reason I’m only featuring free software is because I don’t have money to buy expensive software.

So lets jump at ’em!

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My first fashion runway (catwalk) shoot

Last weekend I did my first catwalk fashion shoot. The catwalk was held by Mexx in the ‘jaarbeurs’ in Utrecht which was organised by Zoom; in one word it was awesome. Unfortunately there were a lot of amateur photographers shooting away with the strobes at full power which ruined a lot of photo’s which are beyong repair. But all in all I had some good photo’s after the break

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Zoom Experience

Zoom Experience is a yearly exhibition about Digital Photography in the Netherlands, Utrecht, and I’ll be attending! They’ll be show casing the latest of Nikon and Canon products, and Adobe will also be present. According to the website there will also be workshops you may attend (I’ll be writing reviews about them).

There are several events, such as a sporty snowboard, a catwalk and a car show (including smokin’ hot girls …) and best of all, we may all photograph it/them! I’ll be posting photo’s after the exhibition, so stay tuned!

You can order tickets right here.

Creating your own softbox

Ever seen one of those pictures where you thought to yourself; “Wish I had the equipment to take pictures like that”? Well, guess what — you can!!!
We’ve probably all been reading Strobist and/or DIYphotography. Lets go down that road, because trust me; you can DIY!

Yesterday I did my first attempt to create my own softbox and I may say I actually succeeded at making one! The whole process took me 15 to 20 minutes (twas a quicky!).

What you need:

  • Carbon box (preferably larger then 30 cubic cm) (get it for free, we’re on to cheap today!)
  • Aluminium foil (€2,- or less)
  • Sheet of white cloth (Old clothes, T-shirt, your moms/dads/gf/bfs over sized underpants (mind the skid marks!))
  • A strobe (I may certainly hope you have one! I have a Nikon SB-600)

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