About Photobuilds

DIY Projects for Photography

Note : This site was started as photobuilds.co.uk in 2019. As the content has grown our site visitor base has become international. According to the last set of stats only about 20% of visitors now come from the UK. As a result I made the decision to move to a .com domain rather than a UK one. All of the site content has now been migrated from the old site, which now only contains pictures and forwarding links.

Back to the intro …

I’ve been taking photographs ever since I got my first camera when I was 10 years old, 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 macro photography and general studio still-life that I realised that other types of light modifier would be useful. Unfortunately at the time they were too expensive for an amateur like myself. That’s when I found some articles online about building your own equipment. Inspired, I made my first beauty dish for a speedlight from a plastic bowl, a drinks coaster and some bent metal: and it worked!

Since then I’ve built all manner of photography related projects. I 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 they will inspire others to get building.

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

Some of the products highlighted in my builds have affiliate links: these pay me a small commission, which to some extent offsets the cost of materials and tools used in development and prototyping.