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This Experimental, Single Pixel Digital Camera Takes Color Pictures

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A single pixel color digital camera sounds an awful lot like a camera that captures a single bright red, green or blue dot, but when scientist Ben Greer set out to build his own single pixel camera, that’s not what he was creating at all.

No, by moving a little autmatic arm in front of the sensor, scanning the scene multiple times, and then getting into a bit of math, he built something that can take actual pictures. Read more…

DIY Special Effects: A Forced Perspective Walkthrough, Back to the Future Style

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For part two of Shanks FX’s Back to the Future series, the DIY Special Effects artist decided to show you how to use forced perspective in your photography, using a model version the iconic Delorean from the cult classic films as an example.

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Interesting New ‘Donut Selfie’ Technique Makes for Cool Travel-Lapse Videos

Have you ever heard of the ‘donut selfie’? Probably not since it was just ‘debuted’ today, but it’s actually pretty neat. A donut selfie is an interesting take on the video selfie that uses a panoramic technique to create a perpetual, seamless selfie across multiple locations.

We’ve seen similar techniques before, but never anything quite like Karen X. Cheng‘s new ‘donut’ version. Plus, you can create one from start to finish using just a phone. Read more…

Photographer Buys and Saws a Broken Canon 50mm f/1.8, Creates a $27 DIY Tilt-Shift Lens

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We’ve shared in the past how a broken lens can be used for “freelensing,” or taking tilt-shift-esque photographs.

Photographer and lens hacker Witono Halim did this by buying a broken 50mm f/1.8 online for $25, sawing a piece off, and combining everything into a ugly-yet-functional lens with $2 of duct tape.
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A Custom-Built On-Location Tethering Workstation Complete with Speakers and a Place for Everything

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For years and years I’ve worked on location, slowly I’ve moved over to tethered shooting and past two years I have been trying to shoot tethered as much as possible, I’m a big fan of it and I find it can really help a shoot and improve the images overall when everyone knows what they are working towards.

For those of you who aren’t up to speed on tethering it is effective connecting your camera to your computer and shooting to the hard drive on the computer rather than the memory card on the camera. There are a variety of advantages to using this method (speed, accuracy and client feedback amongst them) but there are hundreds of articles on various blogs about tethering so if you want to start using it just give it a google search. This post will be focusing on my case rather than the principles of tethered shooting. Read more…

A Crazy Looking Macro Flash Adapter Darth Vader Would be Proud Of

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What you see above is one of the most unusual pieces of lighting gear we’ve ever chanced across. Looking a bit like a prop from the upcoming Star Wars film, this contraption is actually a macro flash adapter designed by Polish photographers Agnieszka and Ernest Lysak.

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DIY: How to Create a Simple Homemade Softbox for $20 or Less

Light modifiers don’t come cheap, especially softboxes. But, if you have enough DIY talent, some patience, and $20 bucks to spare, you’re only an hour or so away from having a custom-made softbox of your own.

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Math and Photography: How to Capture a Pellet Piercing a Water Drop

Water droplets can make for some beautiful high-speed photography, but how do photographers manage to capture such precise moments? And what if you add even more elements to the equation, such as shooting a tiny pellet through the drop as it reaches its peak?

While repetition and luck are one option, a far better approach is to use a clever triggering system called the Camera Axe.

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Video Tutorial Shows You How to Mount and Frame Your Own Photographs

While many of us leave it up to the labs to print and mount our photographs, there are those who would like to try their own hand at it. For those more adventurous folks, Tony Roslund has put together a video tutorial that walks you through the process of printing and framing your own photographs from start to finish. Read more…

Make a Beautiful DIY Camera Bag from a Pair of Jeans and an Old Laptop Bag

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When it comes to camera bags, there’s no such thing as perfect. But if you’re looking to get as close to perfect for you as possible, the best way to go about it is probably to create your own.

That’s exactly what Intructables user inspiredwood did with some help from his sewing skills, an old pair of jeans, and laptop bag he didn’t need any more. The result is a unique, functional, upcycled camera bag that looks great to boot! Read more…