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DIY Afternoon: Denim-Covered Foam Pads

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Published on: 2015.11.30

I found myself with (1) a pair of ripped jeans that needed to be thrown out, (2) a camera bag that could use a little extra padding, and (3) some old foam “seat cushion” pads in the back of my closet. I put them all together. Sure, I could just put the foam pads into[…]

DIY: Grid Spot, Using Straws

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Published on: 2014.03.20

Having already made a cardboard snoot for my flash, and covered it in black duct tape, I was inspired by some “grid spot” instructions here and here to make my own DIY grid spot. Using black straws to make a grid spot for my flash (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)[…]

Taping The Snoot

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Published on: 2014.03.18

After a bit more reading about snoots, gobos, and grids, I’ve updated my DIY Cereal Box Snoot with a bit of black duct tape. Previously, the interior of my snoot was plain white — because the cereal box I used had a white interior — and the exterior was an unpaid advertisement for Cinnamon Toast[…]

DIY: Mini-Softbox

Sketched templates (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Here’s another just-for-the-fun-of-it DIY photography project. I had another Cinnamon Toast Crunch box (the oversized, reinforced kind from Sam’s Club) and didn’t want to stick the whole thing in my recycling tub if I could make something from it. Last time, I used it to make[…]

DIY Photography: Bang For Your Buck

When photographers use the phrase “bang for your buck”, they’re usually talking about lenses. The phrase pops up often alongside the term “nifty fifty”, referring to the fast, sharp, light, and relatively inexpensive 50mm lenses offered by both Canon and Nikon. But most photographers also have some sort of non-photographic equipment that they use in[…]

DIY: Cereal Box Snoot (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2014.01.16

(UPDATED 2014.01.16 to include photos shot using the snoot; scroll to bottom.) Inspired by this entry on the Strobist blog, I set about to make a cardboard snoot for my flashes. It took about five minutes. Materials: * thin, stiff cardboard (cereal box, for example) * tape (I used plain old Scotch tape) Tools: *[…]

DIY: Light Accessory Clamp

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Published on: 2014.01.09

Cactus V4 radio trigger held to light stand via cheap clamp from hardware store (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

DIY: Quaduple Flash Bracket

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Published on: 2014.01.05

Inspired by a post on DIY Photography, I spent $1.14 and made a flash bracket capable of holding up to four speedlights. The base piece is an electrical box, found at any hardware store — they’ll all vary in configurations; I chose one that had pre-drilled holes in the back for easy attachment to my[…]

DIY Triple Flash Bracket (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2013.12.14

As promised in yesterday’s post, I turned one of my DIY dual flash brackets into a triple flash bracket today, by drilling one more hole. Three flash units mounted to the T-strap with winged screws (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Just For Fun: DIY Dual Flash Brackets

While searching for items to fill my Amazon wish list, I kept coming across flash brackets. Since I love off-camera lighting, they caught my attention. The cheapest multi-flash bracket I found was this one ($19.99), which — even in the company’s slick photo — looked a little flimsy. Then there were $50 flash brackets (Lastolite,[…]

DIY: Measuring Cup Holder

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Published on: 2013.05.01

For about $5, I made this measuring cup holder that’s hidden inside a kitchen cabinet: (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

DIY: Pringles Can Strip Light

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Published on: 2013.04.17

Inspired by another Flickr member’s project (which is a very cheap, homemade version of the expensive Saberstrip), I took a few minutes and made this Pringles can strip light. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Reuse/Recycle: DIY Hanging Screw Holder

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Published on: 2013.03.30

Even before recycling was a craze or a common mantra in this country, my family has always reused old containers whenever possible. It’s just a smart, cost-saving measure. My grandmothers both used empty plastic “spread” containers to store leftover food, instead of buying expensive new leftover containers. (Neither of them had access to a recycling[…]

DIY Sliding Camera Strap

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Published on: 2012.11.01

Your DSLR came with a camera strap. But it was the uncomfortable kind that camera-makers always include in the box. So you bought a more comfortable strap with padding around the neck area and perhaps some elasticity. That’s better, right? And it’s probably enough if you’re a casual shooter who rarely wears the camera for[…]

Garage Shelves Project

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Published on: 2012.09.09

This entry isn’t so much a “how to” as it is a “how I did it”. The internet, especially DIY and woodworking forums, is full of how-to articles for building storage solutions in your garage or shed — cabinets, shelves, and other innovative ideas. I scanned quite a few of them before making my own[…]

Fiddling With Work Lights

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Published on: 2012.07.22

A few weeks ago, I had to dust off my old work lights (or see image below) to paint a bathroom while the light fixture was disconnected. When I was finished and began disassembling the work lights, I realized the thread size on several bolts was familiar.

My DIY Light Shed

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Published on: 2012.03.02

Inspired by a “how to” post on a photography blog, I decided to build my own light shed out of easily found and inexpensive items. I was happy with the results. Here, I’ll detail my process and why I went this route. (7 images after the jump)

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