Posts Tagged ‘instructables’

Photograph Sound & Heat Waves with this $9 DIY Schlieren Flow Visualization Setup

Schlieren Flow Visualization is a rather fascinating technique by which you can see and capture the differences in air pressure caused by various forces such as sound or heat.

And if the video we shared recently explaining/showing off this photographic trick had you yearning to try it for yourself, you’re in luck, because there’s a way you can create your own DIY Schlieren Flow setup for only $9. Read more…

Make Your Own DIY Steadicam for $20 and a Bit of Elbow Grease

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The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can afford one.

And so, since production models range in price from a several hundred to a several thousand, a number of tool-savvy people have set out to create their own DIY options. One such example is this extremely solid and good-looking creation by Instructables user and photographer survival434 Read more…

DIY: Use a Little Plastic and an Old Filter to Create Cinematic Lens Flares

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As 3D printing becomes more easily accessible and cheaper to work with, more and more people are experimenting to see just how the technology can be used to improve and tweak their photography. One such tweak has been created and shared by Instructables user Jan_Henrik.

By putting together an unused filter casing and a 3D printed piece of plastic, he’s able to get some extra ‘pop’ in his photos and videos in the form of cinematic JJ Abrams-like lens flares. Read more…

DIY: Impressive 3D-Printed 3-Axis Modular Time-Lapse Motion Control System

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Looking to lighten up his current load while out photographing time-lapses, photographer Doug Urquhart 3D printed and pieced (read: hacked) together a brilliant 3-axis modular time-lapse motion control rig that is 50% lighter than his previous setup. Read more…

DIY: Build Your Very Own Camera Slider in an Hour for Only $30!

Getting your own commercial camera slider can get a bit pricey, but thanks to Derek Mellott and this great Instructables tutorial, you can build your very own DIY slider in about an hour using only $30 worth of parts from IKEA and a bit of DIY know-how! Read more…

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope and Macro Photography Stand for Only $10

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If you’ve followed PetaPixel for a little while, you’ll already know that a laser pointer’s focus lens can be put to good DIY use helping you take macro photos with your smartphone.

And even though you can simply find a way to secure the lens against your phone, a new Instructable shows you how to build a microscope stand/macro photography rig that will eliminate that particular problem altogether… and for only $10! Read more…

DIY: How to Turn an Old Nikon D80 Into a Permanent IR Camera in Four Easy Steps

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Here’s a DIY project for infrared photography enthusiasts who have a few hundred dollars and some time to spend this weekend. Instead of taking the typical routes when it comes to taking IR photos — i.e. using an IR lens filter or making the magic happen in post — why not DIY a dedicated IR camera of your own? Read more…

DIY: Transform an Old Film Canister Into a Tiny Flashlight for Your Camera Bag

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Here’s a good weekend project for those of you who have some old film canisters lying around, and a bit of DIY know-how up your sleeves. Those old film canisters done need to go to waste, with a little work you can turn them into tiny portable flashlights. Read more…

DIY: How to Make a Pinhole Camera Out of Concrete

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It’s Sunday, which might mean doing your best to keep your mind off of the workweek to come, or already setting about planning next weekend. If you happen to be doing the latter, and there’s room in your schedule for an interesting photography DIY project, we’ve got something for you: a do-it-yourself concrete pinhole camera. Read more…

Build Your Own DIY Tripod from Scratch

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Are you the type of person who enjoys using things built using your own two hands? 20-year-old Croatian tinkerer CroBuilder is like that too. He recently spent 10 hours in his workshop building a camera tripod from scratch.
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