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.