Woot! Here’s some cool news, I got published in Practical Photography Magazine’s May 2014 edition! It’s a UK publication so my Canadian peeps won’t be able to pick up a print copy too readily. But you can get electronic versions available on iTunes and Google. I was contacted by them quite some time ago regarding my images I posted here on the blog of photographing the kids’ fiberoptic lamps! Spiffy! 😎
I thought long and hard about getting a bigger lighting scrim. They are a super versatile tool from the strobist to the natural light shooter. They can block light, diffuse light, reflect light. In short, they rock the set. They are also ridiculously expensive to purchase commercially. I was searching for a DIY version and found Kevin Kubota’s to be about the best one out there. You can watch the informative YouTube vid here.
But I made some upgrades in the design. First of all, I found it was a lot cheaper to purchase the grey conduit rather than PVC for the main frame parts. They are the exact same size so you can still use all the same PVC fittings but the conduit is less money. Wee! 😎 Plus, it looks less distracting than white. And secondly, I found that the design for attaching the ripstop nylon to the frame was a bit lacking. If you only used it inside, it would be fine. But I do loads of outdoor work. So I needed a solution that would hold up to a Saskatchewan wind gust. I thought about it and concluded that the best way was to make basically a “fitted sheet.” I got some of the super awesome seamstress church ladies to sew me a 1 inch seam all the way around the outside edge of the material. Then I simply cut the corners off and fished the nylon elastic cord through it, tying it off to make it fit snuggly on the frame. It works like a charm! It goes together super quick and stays there, even in the wind.
You still have to be careful with it because it is basically a giant kite. But it works flawlessly and only costs a fraction of what the commercially available ones do. This is probably the only DIY thing I’ve ever made that I will continue to use on a long term basis because it’s a super slick design and it works fantastic! 😀
Check out these vids of Joe McNally using the same kind of product. The results are truly awesome!
Good day! I did another book review and posted the video to my blog’s YouTube channel. Why not subscribe? 😉 Anyways, I decided to review Joe McNally’s Book “The Moment it Clicks.” It’s an awesome book that brings technical lighting, awesome photography, wise insights and a whole lot of easy to read fun together in one place. Definitely one of the best photography books I have read to date. Check out the full video review.
There is all kinds of information on the internet about photography. There are countless blogs, endless articles and an eternity of tutorials available. For the most part it’s a huge blessing! Free knowledge is a marvellous enterprise. However, there is a lot of crap out there too, and even more jibba jabba. 😉
One excellent resource I have found is Scott Kelby’s online training for Photographers, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Multimedia Artists and Hobbyists. It simply rocks the set! There are high quality videos from leading photographers on nearly all aspects of photography. And not just technical f/stop this, light meter that stuff. There are really great videos that speak towards creativity and finding your own photo style in addition to more technical items like the finer points of lighting, etc.
Some of the best courses are simply photo walks with different renowned photographers. The Day with Jay Maisel comes to mind. He and Scott Kelby walk around the streets of New York taking pictures. It’s pure awesome, almost like being able to learn along with him in the same room. Other videos I have found helpful have been with Cliff Mautner a photo journalist turned wedding photographer. He has a wealth of experience and insight when it comes to “what makes the shot.” I’ve watched his videos time and time again. Joe McNally’s lighting stuff too. Also, Jim Schmelzer has some awesome videos on lighting for high school kid portraits. They are all excellent resources that I can’t recommend enough. Watching these dudes is like being in a room with giants! 😉 Very inspiring stuff! It truly is “education for creatives!”