Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Make a DIY Extension Tube to Turn Your Regular Lens Into a Macro Lens

Looking for a simple weekend project that lets you experiment with photography? Makify created this 4-minute step-by-step tutorial on how you can create a DIY extension tube using some plastic piping to capture macro photos using your regular lens.
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How I Replaced the Shutter in My Canon 5D Mark II By Myself and Saved $400

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The shutter on my old Canon 5D Mark II died while on a trip to Fiji earlier this year. It happened quickly; I was shooting a panorama when horizontal black bars started appearing in some of the shots. After about 10 more photos in between turning the camera off and on again, it was dead. The shutter was stuck closed and powering the camera on yielded a helpless sounding soft ‘clunk’ and an “Error 20″ message.

I was quoted around $500 to get this fixed at a repair shop. But.. an OEM replacement shutter is only $90 on eBay. So, after about 6 months of putting it off I finally built up enough #YOLO fever to have a crack at fixing it myself, saving $400 and learning a few things along the way.
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Building a DIY Sideways Room for ‘Anti-Gravity’ Family Portraits

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One of photographer Jeff Paradiso‘s big projects this past year was to create a sideways room for “anti-gravity” photos. These are images in which the viewer is disoriented in regards to which way is up.
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This Medium Format Camera Was Made Using Parts from an Epson Scanner

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Photographer Dario Morelli is a computer aided designer and programmer by trade. Several years ago, during a period of unemployment, he began diving deeply into the world of custom-made scanner cameras. There’s an entire niche of photographers who are interested in the idea of turning flatbed scanners into digital cameras.

What you see is the result of one of Morelli’s experiments. It’s a medium format camera created by stuffing parts from an Epson scanner into a custom enclosure.
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How to Make a DIY Camera Slider for $75 In Less than 3 Hours

How do you build a quality DIY camera slider on the cheap? Who better to ask than the founder of a slider company? In the video above, Rhino Camera Gear founder Kyle Hart shows how you can build a cheaper alternative to their pricier sliders using parts from the hardware store.

His DIY slider is easy to build, costs $75 in parts, and requires less than 3 hours to create. You can also download a thorough PDF guide here.

A DIY Time-Lapse Camera That Can Shoot for a Year on 4 Alkaline D Batteries

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Want a simple battery-powered time-lapse camera that you can leave in locations for up to a year? A hacker who goes by “val3tra” is trying to build one. The goal of his project is a camera that can continuously photograph a scene for months or years on time while powered only by a handful of ordinary batteries.
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How to Make a Coffee Cup Spy Camera That Snaps a Shot When You Take a Swig

Here’s an interesting weekend photography project of moderate technical difficulty: the video above is a tutorial on how you can make a DIY coffee cup spy camera. The camera sees out of the cup’s base and has a shutter that’s triggered whenever you lift the cup and pretend to drink from it.
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6 Easy DIY Photography Projects That Make for Great Holiday Gifts

Want to make a photography gift this holiday season instead of buying one? The video above offers 6 fun ideas for easy DIY photo gifts you can try your hand at. Each product is a different way to share your photography with someone.
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Photographer Upgrades His $1 Dollar Store Camera with DIY Features and Fixes

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The “Special Moments” camera is a cheap plastic 35mm camera that you can pick up at certain dollar stores for just a buck.

Photography enthusiast Daniel Goodale-Porter wanted to make his even more “special,” so he set out to see how much he could improve the design and functionality of the camera, DIY-style.
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How to Make Your Own Moneymaker-style Leather Dual Camera Harness for Just $70

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I think the Holdfast Moneymaker is pretty awesome. Not just because it’s made of durable materials, but because it’s an elegant solution to the problem of welding two cameras without looking like a Navy Seal. My jaw did drop when I saw the $200-300 price tag though, since it’s basically TWO BELTS. The portrait sliders are extra, and will set you back another $50… if you want to be able to shoot vertically, that is.
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