Ep 264: The best DIY photography tips and gadgets

There are so many photography gadgets on the market. And lots of cool hacks that don’t cost much, which can really help with your shooting. In this episode, we compile our best DIY photography tips and gadgets.

In this episode, you’ll discover tips that will help you in everything from creating your own backdrops on the cheap, storing and carrying your gear, modify your lighting and much more.

Gina and Valerie hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Show Notes

There are so many photography gadgets on the market to

  • Store
  • Protect our gear,
  • Modify lighting,
  • Photography backdrops
  • Lenses
  • Tripods
  • Light stands
  • Lighting accessories
  • Lights

If you are shooting paid gigs then I always recommend buying well made and reliable equipment that won’t fall apart and delivers consistent results.

I will invest in good quality lenses, light stands, and lights.

I also love to Macgyver stuff and it’s a great way to experiment with different gadgets without having to sell your left kidney.

DIY CANVAS BACKDROP

http://www.thebroketographers.com/blog/2018/2/20/diy-canvas-backdrop-for-100

DIY Tripod slider (panning shots) 

Paper cups or furniture sliders on tripod legs for panning shots

https://youtu.be/PhqJnf7EwQA

Portable leaf blower for hair
https://community.ginamilicia.com/gina_tutorials/one-light-and-a-leaf-blower-making-the-most-of-small-spaces/

Slide scanner

Do you have any old slides that you want to scan? Here is my cheap and easy way to do it at home

Photo wall

Kitchen Photo Wall | A Simple DIY Photography Project

Bathtub cyclorama ( seamless background)

iPhone MACRO LENS

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-A-IPhone-Macro-Lens-with-Laser-Pointer-for-1/

OLD WETSUITS AS LENS COVERS FOR TRAVELLING
Emma McPherson
And my THOROUGHLY WASHED (sand-free) opp shop wetsuit sleeve/leg “lens cases” for packing when travelling, or not using my camera bag.
I use two covers if big lens in luggage wrapped in more and fingers crossed all the way home. I use single if tossing in my backpack or other bags

Ky Hanson The stubby holder snoot on a flash 🙂

Mike Hickman Macro light: it’s made with a can of Pringles (contents eaten), cut in the side to fit the head of the speedlight and gaffered to keep it connected and hide the fact that it’s a Pringle’s can.

IMAGE MIKE HICKMAN

Peter Foote Photography Looked everywhere for a convenient solution to packing my AD200s and speedlights.
12 bucks worth of tradie socks from BigW work perfectly.
Easy to fit and remove, and I’ve always got a spare pair of socks if I ever need them!

Matt Zahn I can’t think of any recent macgyver actions but I did have a mullet in the 80s as well as a Don Johnson suit


Stephen Nolly Putting a washer on my key ring to tighten quick release plates

Stephen Nolly Wrapping three feet of gaff tape around my tripod leg

LIGHTSTAND BAGS via my assistant Aaron
https://www.artistguitars.com.au/buy/artist-bdh20-high-grade-drum-hardware-bag/10372?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw4vxzIDS5AIVzw0rCh0cjwdFEAQYASABEgKDMPD_BwE

DIY Speed light clamp

https://www.diyphotography.net/how-to-make-your-own-diy-justin-clamp-for-half-the-cost-of-a-real-one/

 

Aussie Slang word of the week

Cuppa: This is the abbreviated form of the phrase “a cup of tea.”

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