This time we are taking it up a notch and adding some movment to the movie. The idea is simple, using a mechanical kitchen timer (I used a fancier one :) and a bolt we created a rotating camera. Movie with tutorial and samples after the jump. Click to continue ›
Photographer and videographer Martin Taylor shows us how to build a much fancier dolly which is partially based on a skateboard. This dolly however, is smaller (will fit on table), has a head mount that can support an SLR and can be set to move in circles. It's all Martin from here. Click to continue ›
The following film by photographer Martin Roberts shows the construction of an aluminum and bearing based camera crane (similar to some designs we have featured before). The crane is used to extend the reach of the photographer both in height and in length.
The crane is very light weight (5.3kg to gain 2.65m worth of reach) supporting a Canon 550D and lens (about 1 Kilo), it is also easy to setup and tear down location.
Here is how Robert describes it: Click to continue ›
The post below shows a simple way to capture video while taking still pictures. Sure, there is some added weight and yea, video will not get a dedicated person and will just "follow along", yet, this is a neat way to achieve video with just one person shooting, This is also a great instructional tool for yourself to see how you interact with your model, what things work and what makes them shrink.
DIYP don't often feature video or iPhone hack. It does, but not often. When I see a hack that is both video and iPhone, though, the little geek inside of me simply commands a post.
Reader Martin Taylor came up with a very cool teleprompter project. It requires nothing more than an iPhone, a Fresnel sheet magnifier and a sample piece of beam splitter glass. It is designed for 50mm lenses.
OK, a Teleprompter is the thing that news persons read from when they sit down. It's kinda like the scrolling opening of StarWars. (this is why it looks like newsman are watching ping-pong while broadcasting the news). The cool thing is that the camera sits right behind the teleprompter so it looks like the anchor is looking straight at the camera. Click to continue ›
I am very excited to introduce the following guest post on Aerial Photography Introduction by Eric - crashing is not an option - Austin.
Yea, it is that dude that rigged a Canon 7D to a custom RC Heli whom we interviewd a little while ago.
What is aerial photography?
Aerial photography originated over 100 years ago, soon after man first took flight. It is the method in which pictures or video are captured from a perspective not seen at ground level. From satellites high above the earth to an RC plane or helicopter, aerial photography can be an awesome DIY project! Click to continue ›
I know the iPhone cannot stand in for the Scarlet or Epic cameras, it will probably not even use the full power of your SLR lenses. However more and more hobbyists are using the iPhone at the always around camera (kinda similar to what happen to smart phone still cameras).
That said, it is no surprise that amateur photographer push the iPhone camera to its limits, or just find ways to add "pro" gizmos to the very low grade cam. After the video camera 2c iPhone dolly, more mods are popping up. This next mod by Spencer S. Watson based in Portland, is a great one if you wanna shoot smooth videos with your iPhone. It is an iPhone Steadicam (we covered a few of those here).
A bunch of curious DIYers at Los Angeles rigged an iPhone 4 to a set of helium balloons that helped it rise about 1000 feet and take 720p videos of Los Angeles.
The footage is displayed below, while it is not perfect, and kinda shaky, there is also a valuable BTS. Hit the Just for some behind the scenes and my notes of the video
About three weeks ago I got a mail asking me why I don't do any video related DIY's. This mail got me thinking that with recent photographers going video, there is actually no reason not to include video DIYs on the site. Au contraire, Photographers looking to start on video may benefit from some low $$$ video tutorial. We started with a great video DIY roundup, and now...
Here it comes, my first video DIY, an iPhone Dolly.
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