DIY Strip Box

I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy than I’d like.

This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.

More dark field and DIY tinkering

My new D800 just came in a few weeks ago, so I’m just learning some of the capabilities. I’ve paired it with an SB-910 flash, which is insanely powerful for a stock unit. I like to test things under controlled setups, but I don’t usually keep any kind of studio or table set up. That means when the bug bites, I make stuff up.

In this case, my son wanted me to get a picture of these really cool insect eggs attached to the bottom of a leaf. What a great excuse for a DIY macro studio!

DIY Home Photography Studio

I’ve started a series on building a do-it-yourself (DIY) some photography studio. The first article considers the concepts and introduces some of the terms I’ll be using through the anticipated 5-part series. There are several sites out there that tell you how to build this or that, and many of them have great information. What…