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Diaries of a Broke ass Photographer

We've all been there, honestly I wouldn't trade it for the world

We are a creative lot, humans in general. Musicians, Artists, Photogs, Craftsmen, so on and so forth. I have a ton of blacksmith friends and the one quote i could probably take away from that is "If you don't have a tool, make it"  That being said Photographers can easily drop hundreds of bucks on lights, filters, and whatever else. SO I figured i would talk to the DIYERS out there, or just throw out some useful knowledge to save you some $$$ 

Neutral density filter reduces the amount of light going into the lens, so you can take long exposures even when the light is bright.

Long exposures blur anything moving, like water, clouds, or people. This can be very useful for making choppy water look smooth, making clouds streak, or getting rid of people at a tourist attraction.

These types of filters usually cost up to $200 (especially on big diameter lenses), but, you can make it for only $5.

  • Welding Glass – The welding glass can be purchased online or at any welding supply store.  Most pieces of welding glass are tinted a color, mine is green, and I will explain later how to get rid of that horrible tint.
  • 3 rubber bands- I used the thick blue rubber bands from produce
  • Piece of cloth- a good size thick cloth, at least 16”x16”, depending on your camera/lens setup
  • Shutter release with bulb mode
  • Tripod or bag of rice (BAP)

1. Find something to shoot 

2. Set your camera up on your tripod and compose your shot now, because once your put on the welding glass, you will not be able to see out of your viewfinder.

3.Set the camera to bulb mode, and set your f/stop to 8 or above for a good DOF. I usually have to take a 5-6 minute exposure at f/8, iso 100. ALWAYS SHOOT IN RAW FOR THIS.

4. Put rubber bands around two sides of the welding glass, parallel to each other.

    5. Take your lens hood, put it on the lens backwards, and pull the rubber bands around the lens hood.

      6. Take your piece of cloth, and drape it over your camera, lens, and the corners of the welder’s glass, to prevent light from leaking in through the crack in between your lens and the glass. Then stretch your other rubber band over the glass so that it wraps around the lens hood and cloth. This creates a hood, like what you see on really old cameras.

        7. Take the picture, using the bulb switch on your shutter release, and use a stopwatch if you have one to keep track of the time. The picture that will appear on your screen after you take it will be slightly color tinted (mine is green), and you will have to do some major white balance correction to fix it. Don’t worry, it will turn out normal color in the end.

        To remove the tint made by the welding glass, you can either do tweaking in lightroom or photoshop. Messing with the hues, and WB can easily fix any tinting problems

        Go have fun and I think i might just keep these coming