Through the magic of the "Internet," I learned of a cool way to capture fire and sparks using steel wool and some wire. Not knowing how it works, we decided to play it safe and try it in an empty parking lot out at Bong State Recreation Area. We had a fire extinguisher at the ready, and waited for darkness.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I was searching online for a panoramic head, and came across a new product called Panosaurus. I had been on the verge of purchasing the Nodal Ninja a number of times, but just couldn't justify spending that type of money. I already have the Automate from Gadgetworks, but wanted something that I could use indoors in addition to shooting landscapes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Panosaurus was listed under $100, and it looked good. I was even more pleased when it arrived a few days later, and seeing how beefy and sturdy it is. Assembly was easy, and it comes with a built in screw driver for adjustments, which is also magnetic and stays put on the unit. It does not come with instructions, but the PDF is listed online.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The team over at DIYPhotography.net has posted a challenge to create a Do-It-Yourself softbox. I previously used their ideas on a combination of projects that have inspired my DIY motorized slow motion ladder dolly, so I decided to go for it. I had already been thinking of creating a softbox for some time, and their contest has provided motivation to make one. In order to be unique, I thought that I'd create a Octo softbox from cpvc pipe. Please note that my softbox is designed to use with a strobe, and I personally use Canon 430EX II or a Canon 580 EXII speedlight mounted on a Pocketwizard TT5 remote. Many of the items used in this tutorial/example were items I already had, but I'll try and list the original cost and where I got them. This tutorial also assumes the you have a sewing machine, speedy stitcher sewing awl, hack saw, and drill.