Awesome Medium Duty DIY Lighting Tilter

medium duty DIY lighting tilter

Recently, Dennis wrote in to tell us about his extremely well-built “medium-duty” lighting tilt fixture.  This swivel solves the problem that apparently only really wimpy or really heavy flash “tilters” are available, as shown below.

tilter types available

Unlike a lot of my “custom camera gear,” his piece of kit actually looks very well-built.  It’s milled out of aluminum, and features an ingenious “tapping” method for the bottom swivel that I haven’t seen before.  Instead of actually threading the aluminum, a nut is held securely between the two outer pieces.

DIY lighting tilter assembly

Be sure to check out his site for all the details of his DIY lighting tilter (maybe you can build your own).  If you’re dying to build your own gear, but are short a milling machine, perhaps you should check out this egg timer panning fixture…  No milling required, although a lathe is helpful ;).

Paper Light Diffuser for your Camera’s Flash

Dog photo using paper light diffuser on flash

A piece of paper was used as a diffuser for this photo

As one progresses into a competent photographer, it seems that lighting is one of the most important factors to getting a great shot.  At least this is my guess; if you’re an actual competent photographer, feel free to chime in via the comments.

I’d never really thought much about it, but a camera’s flash can change an image’s color if it’s too harsh.  This can be illustrated by the difference between the first photo on this page, and the diffused image below this paragraph.

normal-flash

Non-diffused flash results from Canon T2i

Both of these photos were taken with the Canon T2i’s built-in flash, and Continue reading