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If you know someone who’s absolutely obsessed with Instagram, you can bake them a special cake that reveals the logo of his or her favorite photo sharing service when it’s cut into slices. In this video, Ann of howtocookthat shows how it’s made. The result is quite impressive.

 
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Eighty Dollar DIY Sound Blimp Doubles as a Poor Man’s Underwater Housing

A couple of days ago, we shared a great little DIY project by Phoenix-based photographer Dan Tabár. Since he sometimes has to shoot on quiet soundstages where camera noise is not an option, he created a makeshift sound blimp for his Nikon D800 for only about $80 — a professional sound blimp would have run him closer to $1,000.

As it turns out however, his DIY creation has another function. As you can see from the test video above, it doubles as a poor man’s underwater housing! Read more…

OpenReflex: A Fully Operational DIY 3D Printable SLR

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The magic of 3D printing has led to the creation of a few pretty cool DIY projects we’ve featured in the past. In the world of cameras, we’ve seen everything from lens adapters to flash diffusers make their way into the real world via the 3D printer and some plastic.

What we had never seen before now, however, was a fully operational 3D printed SLR camera, but freshly graduated design student Léo Marius has created just that! Read more…

This is a DIY Camera Obscura You Wear on Your Head

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Photographer Justin Quinnell is a pinhole photography master. Over the years we’ve featured his work taking six-month long pinhole exposures that show sun trails, as well as his DIY camera obscura kit that allowed you to display an upside-down version of the outside world in the room of your choice.

His latest project, however, is different from any we’ve seen before. Meant to be used as a game on the festival circuit, the I-Scura (as he calls it) is a massive DIY camera obscura you wear on your head like a helmet. Read more…

How to Build a DIY ‘Bullet Time’ Rig Using Only a Ceiling Fan and a GoPro

Creating time-slices (better known as the bullet time effect) where you freeze a moment in time and move around your subject is an expensive thing. It’s expensive mainly because it requires that you have several cameras at your disposal.

Photographer Jeremiah Warren didn’t have multiple cameras, but he did have a ceiling fan, a two-by-four and a GoPro Hero3, so he built a makeshift “bullet time” DIY rig and made do. Read more…

DIY: 35mm Film Slide Business Cards

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Want to make some business cards for your photography business that stand out from among traditional cards? Try making some in the style of 35mm film slides. Last week we shared photographer Lars Swanson’s beautiful slide cards, and this week we have a step-by-step look at how you can make something similar.
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Heartbeat: Beautiful DIY Pinhole Cameras Powered by Watch Movements

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Pinhole cameras can be easily and cheaply made using things you have lying around the house… or you can go to the opposite end of the spectrum and fashion yourself a highly intricate pinhole camera. That’s what Korean photographer Kwanghun Hyun did with his Heartbeat cameras. The two cameras created so far feature one crazy design choice: they use intricate watch movements as their internal timing mechanisms.
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Lomography Konstruktor is the World’s First Build-It-Yourself 35mm SLR

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You may have seen built-it-yourself 35mm pinhole cameras before, but have you ever seen a DIY SLR? Lomography today announced the Konstruktor, a camera it calls “the world’s first 35mm do-it-yourself” SLR camera. If you loved building model airplanes as a kid, this is one camera kit you’re going to love.
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Build a DIY Sound Blimp to Silence Your Camera for Less Than $100

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Phoenix-based photographer Dan Tabár sometimes shoots on sound stages, sets, and quiet studios — locations where a loud camera would either cause problems or cause angry glares and murderous thoughts. Needing a way to surpress the shutter sound of his Nikon D800 — he says the “quiet mode is a joke” — Tabár decided to create his own DIY sound blimp.
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$25 Space Camera: Raspberry Pi Camera Snaps Photos of Earth on a Balloon

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Raspberry Pi‘s new Camera Module is starting to hit store shelves, and we’re starting to see some interesting photo experiments being done with the simple programmable camera kit.

High altitude ballooning enthusiast Dave Akerman recently decided to send his $25 module up to the edges of space to snap photographs of Earth and beam images back during its flight.
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