For those who don’t know, the DIY Photography equipment niche has gone from strength to strength recently. More people are becoming interested in photography, but can’t afford all the tasty equipment that comes with it. So they get creative.
As a lover of putting together flatpack furniture (yeah, that’s right), I love DIY photography. They don’t always work out to be the best quality gear, but that’s to be expected when you consider the cost. But they can give you a really good sense of whether you want to invest in the branded gear.
This post was inspired by an article I recently saw on David Hobby’s website, The Strobist. There he reviews a product called Bounce-Wall. It looks like a great product, and something that I will keep my eye on,.
But the very next day after hearing about it, I see the DIY guide is already available. And what’s more, the guide was produced by the very company who produce the Bounce-Wall.
The concept is that you can hold a screen above your camera, and bounce your flash off of it. This gives you a really soft light, because it’s indirect, and a much better alternative to using an off camera flash without a modifier. It’s also easier to carry and shoot with.
And you can reproduce this product for a mere 99c. Pretty cool, huh?
The guide is in German, but the photos are good enough for you to work it out for yourself.
DIY Bounce-Wall – $1
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You can buy expensive filter holders, with custom made bokeh shapers. But that’s not entirely nessasary anymore. Thanks to this useful tutorial, you can create your own custom bokeh.
When done correctly, you can create a gorgeous professional image that really pops off the page (or screen).
This post shows you how to customize the shape and style of your bokeh with your very own makeshift bokeh filter.