DIY: Foldable softbox

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We have previously discussed a DIY softbox project but this one uses a simple, yet ingenious idea, to make them foldable and the end product sure looks professional
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Distance scale on the Canon EF 50mm 1.8 MKII

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MKII Lens is probabely one of the sharpest lenses available and for less than $80 it is really hard to beat quality/price combo.

However the two most critisized aspect of the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MKIINew generation over the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MKIOld generation are its built quality, plastic mount v/s metal mount, and that the MKII’s lack of focusing distance scales.

Although there is not much we can do about the built quality of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 MKII, but we sure can make our own distance scales for it.
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DIY free digital white balance filter ExpoDisc like

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ExpoDisc is a very popular digital white balance filter but somehow expensive.

To use the ExpoDisc is pretty simple,
1. Put the ExpoDisc on your lens.
2. Set your focus mode to manual.
3. Take a picture from a well lit place in the scene where you are about to shoot
4. Set your camera to custom white balance
5. Select the image you just took took as the white balance reference
6. Set your focus mode back to Auto if you want
7. Use this white balance for all other shots in that place

Now here is a trick to achieve very good white balance results just the same way but free 🙂 all you have to do is replace your ExpoDisc by a pringles can cover and use it the exact same way specified above, it will virtually work as well as the ExpoDisc.

I know there are many professional photographers out there that are going kill me for saying that the results are as good as the ExpoDisc, but for an amateur like me the results are more than satisfactory and will save me some bucks.

I read this trick somewhere on the web a few weeks agoI don’t remember the website for the credits sorry and tested it this weekend believe me it worth a try.

Here is another tips, if you prefer the white card manner you can also use the grey cover of the film protectors, it also works as a charm.

DIY: Ring flash

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I love to try different stuff in photography but one of my main problems is, like everyone else, MONEY. So I can’t always allow myself to pay for new material specially when I know it won’t be more than a fantasy.That’s why I love so much the do it yourself projects and I am constently seeking for them.

Here are 4 different resources for DIY project to build your own cheap flash ring
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DIY Panoramic Tripod Head

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Do you love panoramas? Have you ever tried to throw in that stitching software 5 or 6 pictures you have taken hoping to get a good panoramic picture just to discover how lousy you were in keeping your hand straight?
I know I sure did, and the last time I remember I searched for a panoramic head for my tripod hoping to finaly get into this lovely kind of photography, I was turned down by the $300 – $500 range price of those special tripod heads.

Well I think that I will finally have the chance to try once again panoramas with a higher chance of success for about $10
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