PIR Camera Trigger

If you want to capture pictures of wildlife, one of the big challenges is getting close enough to your subject. This is likely to involve getting into position, camouflaging yourself or building a hide to sit in, and waiting for hours (or days) for your elusive subject to turn up. For those of us that don’t do this for a living, but still want to attempt to get a few decent wildlife pictures for our …

Speedlight Gels

If you have ever read the Strobist blog, among other sources, you’re likely to be aware of the power of gelling your portable strobes. I’ve been using a set of gels for strobes for quite a few years – the cheap solution used to be getting the free Rosco sample packs, but I missed the boat on that one and since I had to pay for mine I ended up buying a set of Lee …

Bokeh Masks for Square Filter Systems

Bokeh isn’t something I use every day, and certainly not artificially shaped bokeh, but from time to time being able to create custom bokeh shapes can add a bit of magic to a shot. Having made a pretty rudimentary set of bokeh masks in the past I decided that it would be good to do an update (or upgrade). For this version the design requirements were: No visible gaffer tape (or other sticky tapes), No …

Concrete Background Supports

The motive for this project came from a portrait session in the living room which hit all too familiar space problems. I needed a backdrop and rim lighting, and by the time I had my background set up using a pair of light stands and the two rim lights on another pair of light stands floor space was starting to get a bit tight in a room that already had sofas, TV and other living …