Hooray for DIY! If you’re the type that would rather craft it out, spend your weekends at Home Depot, and knee deep in your garage with a drill, then this article is for you. Over the last year, we’ve posted more than a few DIY projects on SLR Lounge – from camera sliders to beauty dishes to V-flats; you name it, there is a photography hack do-it-yourself alternative.
Being that it is the end of the year, and we are wavering somewhere between reflecting, deep in thought on the past and finishing up the season of your favorite Netflix show in your pj’s on the couch, here is a look back at some of our most popular DIY projects posted in 2015. If you want to see the catalog of all the DIY posts we’ve posted on the site, click here.
For now, here are the top ten DIY posts of the year.
For only about $50, you can make a 3-light setup for portraits. Toss in a dark backdrop, some C-Stands, some gaffers tape and voila – an instant studio.
Technically this was published in 2014 and missed the 2015 mark by two weeks, but it is still one of the best DIY beauty dishes I’ve seen. It looks very professional and is only about $20 to make. It requires a little more elbow grease than some other projects you might see. The results are worth it, though.
This little shoot-through system with built-in catchlights will help you create a studio anywhere. It’s made from inexpensive foam board and tape, so it won’t cost too much more than your latte.
This DIY project is actually 10 different DIY projects (or more like hacks). These projects by Digital Rev are not pretty, but they will get the job done. Using items like toilet paper rolls and duct tape, these won’t yield the most professional looking equipment, but the results are pretty darn good.
This is another one from Digital Rev and has 5 DIY lighting setups for you to try. And again, these projects are dirt cheap and not pretty. But if you have that empty Pringles can and need a snoot, this video will teach you how to make one.
The following DIY light modifier may be deemed the coolest, but it also involves glitter – which is a really good and really bad thing all at the same time. If you have $5, you can make a project reminiscent of something you made in kindergarten art class, but now it can be useful as a glitter reflector or one of many other creative effects for your photography.
This “phenomenally bright” 1000 Watt Equivalent LED flashlight is as portable as it is powerful. For only $50, you can make this dimmable light good for indoor and outdoor use.
The Easychrome is a DIY color-infrared, LO-FI point & shoot camera that emulates the look of Aerochrome Film. Much more than a mere shift in hue or a digital manipulation, the Easychrome renders reflected infrared light in sizzurp-stained shades of purple, pink and red.
If you shoot product photography, you’ll need a specialized table that will help you control reflections and get your modifiers in really close. The build is fairly simple, inexpensive and yields a highly effective product.
For about $113, you can build a board to organize and hang all of your battery chargers in one place. No more digging through all the desk drawers and fumbling to find outlets while on location. It’s all in one, portable, stress-free location.
Have you built any of these projects? How have they worked out for you? Do you have any DIY projects you’ve created that helps you with your photography? Comment below!