Is DIY BS?

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  1. soul dog

    soul dog TPF Noob!

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    I'v heard diy is great for hobbyists, but not aspiring pros.
    What about po boys? lol! I want to make this: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4AwWuZ7IjQ"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4AwWuZ7IjQ [/ame]
    will it help or hinder? Dose anybody here do DIY projects, has it helped your work?
     
  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    It will certainly work better than nothing.

    I've made lots of DIY projects ... mostly just to hold me over till I got the real thing.
    And yes, I would say they did help. They got me by till I could afford to get the real thing, and once I did get it - I already knew what to do with it.


    The reason you'll see a lot of pros saying DIY things are crap is because even if they work the same or better, they don't look as nice.

    If you don't care what it looks like, as long as it works - go ahead and make one.
     
  3. Dmitri

    Dmitri No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    DIY is awesome, especially for those with small pockets. Between PVC pipes and cardboard, you can make almost anything lol.
     
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    diy is great for even stingy people who don't want to open their wallets...which is why they have money...they don't spend it...and all those "pro" tools were most likely an idea of a do-it-yourself kind of inventor...chew on that for awhile...
     
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    "Neccessity, who is the mother of invention" - Plato Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC - 347 BC)

    DIY has been around a while.

    You know those deep diver suits with the big metal helmet?

    That helmet was actuallly invented for firefighters, who basically told the inventor to insert the thing into his nether regions, because they weren't going to wear that thing into any freakin' fires.

    So in an attempt to save his investment, he got someone to try the helmet underwater.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Deane_(inventor)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus_Siebe
     
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  6. Dmitri

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    Holy god, is that true?? They wanted people to wear big metal helmets in fires?? haha wow, what an idea!
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Click on and read the links, Dimitri!

    I first read the story in Bill Bryson's popular book:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Short-History-Nearly-Everything/dp/076790818X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277862738&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: A Short History of Nearly Everything (9780767908184): Bill Bryson: Books[/ame]
     
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    I think DIY is not BS. In fact, I believe it is one of the many birthplaces of creativity and invention.
     
  9. Dmitri

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    haha that's awesomely horrible!
     
  10. soul dog

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    Indeed.
    Ok thanks guys, I may start on that reflector there in a couple days, and next a beauty dish.
     
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    DIY is fun cause you get to learn a lot along the way :)
     
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    DIY = awesome if your doing it right!
     

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