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By Joseph Linaschke | Friday, May 29, 2015

Don't Buy It—Make It! With our DIY Photography Projects

DIY photography tools

The term “DIY,” or “do it yourself,”gets thrown around a lot—much like “homemade”does in the kitchen. But here’s the thing: If it came from an instant-mix box (just add water!), it’s not really homemade.

DIY photography is the same thing. True DIY requires some tools, ingenuity—and maybe a few Band-Aids. Building something from parts that were totally not intended for this purpose? Yeah, that’s DIY!

To satisfy that urge, we’ve created the new lynda.com series The DIY Photographer that shows you how you can fashion ordinary items—from plastic cups to hardware-store clamps to parchment paper—into accessories that will improve your lighting, stabilize your camera, and much more.

By Joseph Linaschke | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shoot Macro Photos — with a Pringles Can


Macro photography requires a big investment in lots of expensive gear, right? Well, maybe not. With a little creative thinking, you can save money by doing some amazing things at home.

A ring light is an expensive but incredibly useful accessory for shooting flash photography of close-up objects. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, but want to play around with one, try this:

Using nothing more than a Pringles can and a few common household items, I’ll show you how to create softly lit macro photos with a pop-up flash.

By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Stunning View of Autumn — Using the Glow Plugin

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I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.

The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!

Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.

But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer — for Under $4

Build a DIY camera stabilizer like this one

Ever find yourself needing to stabilize your camera but don’t have a tripod with you … and can’t find anywhere to rest the camera … and really just need to stay solid for that long exposure?

I’m going to show you how I built a pocket-sized DIY camera stabilizer — for less than $4 — that will work anywhere, at any time, on any camera with a tripod socket.

By Joseph Linaschke | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shoot Great Macro Photos — with a Cheap Plastic Cup


Have you ever shot really close-up hand-held macro photography and struggled with keeping your subject still, holding your camera steady, or avoiding harsh, ugly shadows?

I’m going to show you how to solve all of those problems in just a few minutes with nothing more than a plastic cup and some scissors.

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