As a product photographer, I use diffusion panels almost daily. I prefer the flexability and control I get from them over softboxes, and they’re easy to store or pack flat for taking on location. Several companies have prefab “blades” intended for holding diffusion materials and fit nicely into grip heads/knuckles, but at nearly $100 a pop, buying several of them may not fit into everyone’s budget. A friend showed me an easy way of making my own for a fraction of the cost, so I put together this video to show you the process.
Note: In the video I used a portion of Rosco #3008 diffusion material from a roll I had in the studio. This material is also available in pre-cut sheets for a few dollars each if you don’t want to pony up for an entire roll.
This video explains the steps on creating a Dolly Zoom for a timelapse and incorporating a hyperlapse.
Genustech Universal Adapter Bar System - to hold the rails for the follow focus
CAMTREE Solid Gear Follow Focus - to zoom the lens out between each shot
Manfrotto 535 Tripod legs - has a half bowl mount which is important for a good hyperlapse
Sachtler FSB-8 Tripod head - has a half ball mount which is important for a good hyperlapse
LRTimelapse - For smoothing out exposure jumps as the sun went down
Adobe Bridge CS6 - For selecting photos when there was an exposure bump
Adobe Camera Raw CS6 - For giving the photos a look and matching exposure bumps
Adobe After Effects CS6 - Makes photos into a video file and smooths out shaky video.