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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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A Clever Card That ‘Loads’ as It’s Being Pulled Out of the Sleeve

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Here’s a clever idea we’ve never seen before: a card that “loads” as you open it. Pull the card out of the sleeve and watch as the progress bar magically “works.”
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external How to Make a Hanging Picture Frame For Your Polaroids —Photography Monthly

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A fun way to bring your photos out of cyber space and into your home or office with a few simple household items.

 
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Hack Combines Graphing Calculator and Game Boy Camera to Create a Selfie-Snapping Machine

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Christopher Mitchell recently breathed some photographic life into a pice of technology many of us probably have languishing away in some drawer. With the help of an Arduino board, he’s found a way to Frankenstein a Texas Instruments graphing calculator and Game Boy Camera into the ArTICam: a 128–128 grayscale selfie machine.

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Photographer Turns His Old Darkroom Enlarger Into a Large Format Camera

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Photographer Chuck Baker is a self-proclaimed “camera and darkroom equipment hoarder” who can’t bear to get rid of gear even when it no longer works. Having a large number of enlargers in his collection, Baker recently decided to upcycle one of them by turning it into a working camera.

The large format camera you see about is what resulted from the project.
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A Cheaper Filter Holder for the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Created with 3D Printing

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Need a piece of gear but can’t find a reasonably priced option? Perhaps 3D printing could help.

That’s what photographers Patrick Ludolph and Christian Steinkrüger. After not finding an affordable filter solution for his Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, Ludolph approached Steinkrüger — a 3D printing hobbyist — with the idea of creating a custom filter holder themselves.
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DIY Project Turns a Cheap Antique Store Camera Into the Perfect Shell for an Unused GoPro

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Have you ever bought a GoPro just to realize that your life might not be quite as extreme as you initially thought? We’ve seen it before, and that’s exactly what happened recently with Instructables user Brooklyntonia.

But rather than watching her GoPro Hero 3 collect dust on a shelf, she decided to create an unlikely pair by Frankensteining together her unused GoPro and an old AGFA Ansco Shur Shot she had lying around. Read more…

Tip: Two Strips of Velcro Can Make for a Super Simple Accessory Holder for Your Strap

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If you’re a fan of thrifty DIY substitutes for camera accessories, here’s a quick and easy one for you: you can easily carry spare batteries (and other items and accessories) on your camera or bag strap using two strips of Velcro.
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DIY Strobe Reflector Uses an IKEA Lampshade and Leaves Your Modeling Light Smelling of Coffee

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If you happen to have an old studio light sitting around, or you’ve found a set on Craigslist you’d like to pick up, we found a clever DIY hack that you should take a look at. Put together by Instructables user gmjhowe, the hack uses an IKEA lampshade and the bottom of a coffee tin to make a basic, but impressive, reflector.

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Photo Trick: Use Hydrochloric Acid and Ammonia to Create Opaque Steam for Hot Drink Photos

When it comes to food photography, particularly beverages, one of the most difficult things to capture is steam. Not only do the drinks not stay warm for very long, but the steam is often nearly transparent and hard to catch on camera.

Thankfully, photographer Phillip McCordall has a clever trick that’ll solve this problem for you — that is, if you don’t mind working with hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

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