Note: this site is currently being migrated to photobuilds.com. This is because most of our users are now outside the UK, so it makes sense for the site to be hosted on a .com domain.

I’ve been taking photographs ever since I got my first camera when I was 10, which was way back in the days of film. I bought my first studio lights and basic light modifiers (a pair of brollies) in the days before digital and happily shot portraits with them for years.

It wasn’t until I went digital and started experimenting with the likes of macro and general studio still life that I realised that other types of light modifier would be useful, but unfortunately they were too expensive for an amateur like myself. That’s when I found some articles online about building your own. Inspired, I made my first beauty dish for a speedlight out of a plastic bowl, a drinks coaster and some bent metal: and it worked!

Since then I’ve built all manner of photography related projects and get great satisfaction out of making stuff that actually works and serves a useful purpose. This site is an attempt at sharing some of my creations in the hope that it’ll inspire others to get building.

My builds use a wide range of technologies and materials: concrete, neoprene, cardboard, plastic … plus electronics and software. If it seems useful for a particular project, I’ll try to make something with it.