5 Homebrew Camera Hacks in 1 Minute

Got a minute? That’s all you’ll need. Take a break from infinite scrolling through Instagram and listen up, because South African photographer Sheldon Evans can teach you 5 fun homebrew camera hacks in the same amount of time it takes you to read this post. Videos like this typically rehash a lot of older hacks we’ve seen or shared before, which is why you don’t seem them on PetaPixel as much anymore, but a few of Evans hacks actually caught us by surprise. Check out the video above to see how to:
  1. Turn a plastic bag into a ‘softbox’
  2. Use
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This Milky Way ‘FlightLapse’ Was Shot by an Airline Pilot

Here’s a gorgeous nighttime timelapse shot from a different perspective: this “FlightLapse” was captured from the cockpit of a Swiss airliner during a flight from Zurich, Switzerland, to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It shows the world, glowing cities, and other airplanes passing below the Milky Way above. The timelapse was created by 30-year-old Sales Wick, a photographer, film producer, and airline pilot based in Switzerland who’s also the founder of the film agency SkyProduction. “Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a long haul pilot,” Wick writes. “The latter is
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TriLens is a Triple Lens Holder You Wear on Your Belt

Back in 2014, we shared a clever new photography accessory called the LensFlipper, which is basically back-to-back lens mounts that help you quickly and easily swap between lenses. Now a new startup is going one step further: the upcoming TriLens lets you mount three lenses on a single belt-worn accessory. The product is by Frii Designs, a Swedish startup founded by wedding and event photographer Jonas Lundin. “There’s nothing worse than coming home from a photo shoot and realize that you’ve missed irreplaceable moments because you struggled with changing lenses, or that you simply were too lazy to
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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This New Superhero Comic is Made of Photos Instead of Drawings

Project Grand Shadows is a new indie superhero comic that just released its first pages. What sets this series apart from most others is how the visuals are being made: what you see in each panel isn’t a drawing — it’s a stylized photograph. “As much as the project is about telling the story of the main character, it is about the journey of making the comic,” photographer Juhamatti tells PetaPixel. “It is an inside look to what it takes to create art that combines photography with visual effects and what it’s like to put together the world around the
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This Drone Flight Jumps Through the Seasons Over Two Years

Here’s an ambitious drone project: photographer and filmmaker Will Strathmann visited a farm in Pennsylvania over two years and created this 47-second video that beautifully transitions through seasons. “Some time ago I had this idea of creating a long-term time-lapse of the seasons,” the Denver, Colorado-based photographer writes. “That idea turned into an idea with a drone and a farm in Pennsylvania.” In the spring of 2015, Strathmann visited the farm and shot the first imagery. He then visited the farm once every season and recreated the same shot by flying his drone on the exact same flight path.
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How to Shoot Sunset Silhouettes in a Water Drop… Without Leaving Home

Photographer Mithun M Das captured this creative and romantic photo of a kissing couple’s silhouette in a drop of water hanging off the end of a leaf. What’s not obvious from the photo, however, is how it was shot: Das made it from the comfort of his own home. In fact, he didn’t even leave his computer. The 24-year-old photographer and engineering student from Kerala, India, has been experimenting with creative water drop macro photos. For this specific project, titled “Love in a Drop,” Das used a Nikon D5200 and 18-55mm kit lens, a laptop for the sunset, a
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Simple Lens Hack Creates ‘Bokeh Explosion’ Night Portraits

Photo lens experimenter and prolific YouTube filmmaker Mathieu Stern is at it again. This time, he took one of his old, cheap (do we even have to mention that?) Russian lenses and made one small modification to create what he calls a ‘bokeh explosion.’ The process involves just one step: take out the front element and reverse it. And, voilà! You have a lens that is only sharp in the very center. As you move away from the center, the image will blur and elongate towards the periphery, creating a really interesting effect. If you shoot something with
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Photographer Recreates the Dark Side of the Moon Album Cover In-Camera

Amateur photographer Mason Murray recently paid a creative tribute to one of his favorite albums. Using construction paper, a prism, and good ol’ sunlight, he was able to shoot a surprisingly accurate version of the cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Murray took the photo in his bathroom during sunrise, when the sun was shining through a small window. “I initially tried to do it with a flashlight while filling the air with water particles so the rainbow would be suspended, but that was a miserable failure,” he tells PetaPixel. “I tried a bunch of things but
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6 Creative Portrait Photography Hacks in 2 Minutes

Ready for some rapid-fire DIY tips? A team of French photographers who goes by the moniker “Shootr” has put together a simple photo hacks video that offers a few creative ideas for your next portrait shoot. Let’s take these one at a time.

1. Tin Foil Background

Don’t have (or want to use) a standard portrait background? Try crumpling up and hanging some tin foil instead, and then add a colored gel to your flash. The pop of color will show up in the reflection in the tinfoil, and it makes for a unique, sparkly background.

2. Tin
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Photo Idea: Create an Interesting DIY Lighting Effect Using a Biscuit Box

Here’s a fun little experiment to try one night this week. Take that box of crackers (biscuits if you’re formal), polish off the last few hangers-on, and then use that box to create some interesting DIY lighting effects with your off-camera flash. The idea isn’t a new one; fashioning a snoot from a household object has definitely been done before. But Christian Tudor over at the YouTube channel Academy of Photography took the idea a step further. Using some scissors and tape, he cut off the flaps on one side of the box, cut them into strips, and taped a
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This Photographer Captured People’s Lives Through Their Hands

Portrait photographers usually focus on the faces of subjects, but photographer Omar Reda wanted to tell the story of people’s lives in a different way: he created detailed photos of the palms of their hands.
Tribal Boy
“The hand, like the eyes, reveal what’s hidden below the surface,” the Saudi Arabian photographer writes. “It is essential for our evolution and survival. Early humans used it to ignite a fire, hunt, fight and other survival actions.”
Blacksmith
“The hand is the main part that helps us to excel our skills across all the industries since the beginning of time,” Reda
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Creepy Portraits of a Chef Wearing His Menu Ingredients

MENU is a new photo series by photographer Robert Harrison and chef Robbie Postma, a duo who decided to combine food and portrait photography in a strange and creepy new way. The photos show Postma wearing his menu ingredients on his face. Postma is the chef for the cafeteria at the Dutch advertising agency J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam. After breaking down menu items into their base ingredients, the duo carefully arranged the raw, unprocessed food onto Postma’s face. Everything was carefully planned and prepared, and the full project took a full year to complete — a single shot sometimes took
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How to Turn the Sky Into Pyramids by Rotating Your Camera

My latest photo series, Pyramids In The Sky, was inspired when my wife and I visited the Mayan Ruins of Chacchoben while on a cruise in 2015. I have always been intrigued by ancient civilizations and how they were able to build these massive structures, seeing the pyramids in person was an inspiring experience. The way the sunlight was coming off the pyramids got my mind racing thinking of how I could create a similar vision using light painting techniques. The next night we were back on the ship and I was sitting on the balcony just after sunset
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These Photos Were Made by Spinning the Camera While Shooting

Natural Rotations is a photo series by Surrey, England-based photographer Simon Painter. Each of the images was created by spinning the camera while an exposure is in progress. “My technique involves moving the camera during an exposure of anything from 0.5 seconds to 10 or 15 seconds,” Painter tells PetaPixel. “It’s a bit like reverse light painting where, instead of the subject being moved across the field of view, I move the field of view and the subject remains stationary.” “As I shoot in the daylight, I use an ND filter to enable the longer shutter speeds,” Painter
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The Seven-Camera GIF Rig: Taking Wedding Photography to a New Level

In the summer of 2016, I experimented with creating animated GIFs using multiple cameras. I wanted to animate a moment, frozen in time, from several angles. It wasn’t my first experience with animated sequences of images, for years I’ve been incorporating animated GIFs in my wedding, engagement, and portrait work. They have been a big hit with my clients. I created the animations below using bursts of still shots from a single camera (other photographers are making cinemagraphs from video, but I preferred the stop-motion look of a group of still). After several years thinking of this project, I finally
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Shoot Creative Double Exposures by Cutting Out Half a Lens Cap

If you have a film or digital camera that can shoot double exposures, there’s a free do-it-yourself accessory you can use to get creative with the technique: it’s the half lens cap.

Photographer Vincent Moschetti of One Year with Film Only writes that he experimented with this technique using his $1 Smena 8M, a 1970s all-manual, scale-focus camera made during the Soviet Union.

The camera allows you to take an unlimited number of exposures on the same frame of film.

“This is possible because the shutter is independent of the film advance,” Moschetti says. “You can recock the shutter

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Shoot Creative Double Exposures by Cutting Out Half a Lens Cap

If you have a film or digital camera that can shoot double exposures, there’s a free do-it-yourself accessory you can use to get creative with the technique: it’s the half lens cap.

Photographer Vincent Moschetti of One Year with Film Only writes that he experimented with this technique using his $1 Smena 8M, a 1970s all-manual, scale-focus camera made during the Soviet Union.

The camera allows you to take an unlimited number of exposures on the same frame of film.

“This is possible because the shutter is independent of the film advance,” Moschetti says. “You can recock the shutter

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These Folding Landscape Photos Will Mess With Your Brain

Photographer Aydın Büyüktaş has published a new series of photos as part of his delightful Flatland series, which shows landscapes folding upon themselves like something out of the movie Inception.

Büyüktaş says he was originally inspired to create the series after reading the book Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbat.

His latest photos were captured in various places across the United States, including sites in Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.

Büyüktaş searches for locations using Google Earth, and planning his shots took about 2 months.

After coming up with a list of places to visit, Büyüktaş

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