In today’s Edition of Cheap Photo, we’ve rounded up your last chance for discounts on Canon and Nikon lenses and cameras. Plus you can get $300 off on the 5D Mk II and 6D. The listings are after the jump.
DIY projects can be really fun, and filmmaker Dustin McLean has a cool tutorial on YouTube on how to make your own softbox. His is mostly targeted at filmmakers, but if you’re a photographer who uses constant lighting then you can use if for your own needs.
Dustin fully states that the $7 spent was just for the diffusion panel, but the softbox was otherwise made from cardboard that was painted black, given black tape on the edges for securement and to ensure that light didn’t escape, and added diffusion/reflective material on the inside. Most of this was all right at home and available to him–and chances are that it is available to you too.
The only tough part that we see is the opening for a flash or a light which we feel needs to be tight to ensure that light doesn’t escape.
The video on making a DIY softbox is after the jump.
When it comes to Timelapse work, many cameras have the feature built in but Triggertrap was one of the first modules and apps to make doing them simple by using your phone or tablet along with their USB dongle. The app has had a couple of refreshes and now they’re announcing Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This app does something that standard timelapse modes on cameras can’t do: saves sequences.
Have a specific sequence that you use for sunset shooting? You can save it here. What about shooting down 9th Ave as cars pass? Yup, you can save it.
Triggertrap also added a power saving mode that makes the timelapse stop before your phone runs out of battery.
Timelapse Pro works with our existing Triggertrap Mobile Kit and is available now on the iOS App Store for £3.99/$4.99. Yes, that’s pricey for an app; but if timelapse photography/video shooting is your thing, then it’s well worth the price of a cheap beer and a shot at some dive bars. A demo video is after the jump.
Street photographers generally need a few things when they go shooting. First and foremost, their camera bag (or bag of any sort) needs to be low profile and not attract any attention to them. In fact, they need to blend in as much as they possibly can. But they also need quick access to their gear and they need to be able to move quickly. While moving quickly can depend on the photographer’s specific speed, they no doubt will be able to move master if they have less weight on them. So with that in mind, a photographer needs a small, lightweight bag that won’t make them want to bring too much with them.
If this sounds like you, we’ve compiled a list of low profile camera bags that you’ll want to take a look at.
When I reached 100 followers on Instagram, I thought I had arrived. Instagram was largely new to me, and a confusing place at first, too, because there were, and are, no metrics, unlike Flickr where I had put my photography up until that point. Instagram was the place to be, and if I could get enough traction, my worth as a photographer would be solidified in hearts and numbers. There were folks with followers in the tens and hundreds of thousands, some even in the millions. Wouldn’t that be nice? A massive following the thought wasn’t, and it took a while for me to shake it. [click to continue…]