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…

Wacom Wolverine

Recently, I got bored and broke out a backdrop and light stand just to see what I could learn about shooting self-portraits. This is mostly because I don’t have many willing subjects. Also, the majority of my photo projects feature some kind of problem-solving aspect (that’s how I learn), and are typically seat-of-the-pants affairs –…

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…

The Filmmaker’s Eye

I recently received an advance copy of The Filmmaker’s Eye (Gustavo Mercado, Focal Press 2010), and posted a general review up on Amazon.com. You can get an overview there, so I wanted to expand on something I mentioned there: how this book impacts me as a photographer.