Do It Yourself

 

An Automated Slide Film Scanner Built with LEGOs

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This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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An 8-Bit Instant Camera Made with a Gun, Game Boy, Camera, and Thermal Printer

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Moscow-based artist Dmitry Morozov has created a strange DIY camera unlike any we’ve seen before. It’s an 8-bit instant photo shooter created with an old Game Boy, a camera, a thermal printer, an Arduino board, and a gun.
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Make a DIY Compact Camera Using Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi project platform PiJuice is currently raising funds for its portable module on Kickstarter. As a demo of its capabilities, the team has created a step-by-step tutorial showing how the product can be used to build a DIY Raspberry Pi compact digital camera.
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How to Transfer Your Photos Onto Wax Candles

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Here’s an idea for a fun weekend project and/or personalized gift: make some custom candles that feature your photographs. It’s actually incredibly easy, and you may already have the necessary materials lying around at home.
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Make a Pocket Portfolio for a Way to Stand Out When Out and About

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As a photographer, I’m constantly striving for new ways to stand out. While considering that some of the greatest opportunities to create a lasting impression on a potential client in my realm (motorcycle and automotive photography) are at trade shows, or highly publicized events, sometimes all you have is one shot.

But how do I set myself apart from the hundreds of other hobbyists walking the showroom floor with a DSLR, a Facebook fan page and a business card itching for work?
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Shooting Portraits with a Giant $10 Room Camera

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Photography enthusiasts Diego Veríssimo and Ana Magalhães (seen in the portrait above) recently shot a series of portraits using a gigantic camera they built using a room and about $10 in materials.
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Modifying an Old Nikon AI-S 300mm f/2.8 Lens to Give it Faux Autofocus

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If you’d like to use legacy Nikkor lenses on your modern Nikon camera, one thing you can do to improve functionality is add a CPU to them. While there are services out there that can convert your lenses for a fee, you can also buy the programmable component for $30 on eBay and do it yourself.

That’s what photographer Kalafok Vlakostnitsj recently did with his Nikon AI-S 300mm f/2.8 lens.
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How I Made Myself a 16×20-inch Bellows Camera

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Starting back in May of 2014, I finally put my first foot forward in the making of a 16×20 inch bellows camera. The idea to build a camera was nothing new to me, but I was always hesitant to begin construction since I am the type of person that prefers to work off a set of blue prints and directions. Unfortunately, since my drawing skills aren’t amazing, it was pretty difficult to visualize and plan a solid blueprint of the project – which ultimately forced me to bite the bullet and simply begin construction of the camera and problem solve along the way.
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A Medium Format Pinhole Camera Designed to Look Like the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

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The Kodak Brownie line of affordable cameras was first introduced in 1900 and cost $1, bringing photography to the masses and pioneering snapshot photography. Mexican photographer Raymundo Panduro of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco wanted to pay tribute to this iconic camera, so he spent two weeks (in his free time) building a homemade pinhole camera based on a Brownie Hawkeye that he had purchased at a flea market.
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How I Made Myself a DIY Spider Light for $40

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I recently made myself a DIY Spider Light as a thrifty alternative to the Spiderlite that costs hundreds of dollars. The entire project ended up costing $40 per light and can be built entirely with parts from a local home improvement store.

It turned out pretty well I think, with the added benefit of being bulletproof — you can stand on the body without breaking it.
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