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Nikon Hacker Unlocks Manual Control in LiveView for D5100 Users

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Canon owners certainly boast the most advanced custom firmware with Magic Lantern, but Nikon Hacker is making some progress. Case in point: with the release of a new hack, Nikon D5100 owners can now use manual controls while shooting in LiveView. Read more…

Incredible Light Painting Product Shots Lit Using Only an iPad and an iPhone

This is just awesome: professional-looking product photography done using nothing more than a tripod, an iPad, an iPhone and your camera of choice. Given the extremely affordable nature of the process, the results are downright epic.

The project was undertaken by photographer Laya Gerlock, who shared his work through the folks at DIYPhotography. Basically, one night, he came up with a simple challenge for himself: light paint using only the iGadgets he had on hand. What he settled on was using his iPhone to light the subject itself, while using the iPad for background patterns.

Head over to DIY Photography for the full breakdown of how you can do this yourself, as well some sample shots that show the impressive final product!

Stunning Product Shots With iPhone and iPad LightPainting [DIYPhotography via ISO 1200]

Shitty Rigs: A Site Dedicated to the Crappy Rigs Filmmakers MacGyver Together

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You might have found yourself in this situation before: you’re in the middle of a photo shoot and you find that you badly need to set up a shot or lighting that is, in fact, impossible to do ‘professionally’ given the gear you have on hand.

So what do you do? You go all MacGyver of course! You put together an off-the-top-of-your-head DIY fix that gets the job done (even if it doesn’t look all that good doing it). The Tumblr blog Shitty Rigs is dedicated to showing off those brilliant, if a bit silly, creations. Read more…

Photog Drills Through His iPhone’s Camera to Make Lanyard in Cringeworthy Fake DIY

I’m a self-described Apple fanboy, and even I found this funny, but if you’re adverse to seeing beautifully engineered tech destroyed before your very eyes you might want to skip this one. On the other hand, if you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) who harbors a deep hate for Apple, this could be therapeutic.

In the fake DIY video above, Newtography’s Andrew Newlun sets out to show you how to turn a brand new iPhone into a handy-dandy keychain lanyard by drilling a hole right through the iPhone’s camera. Read more…

Did You Know: Your Xbox Headset Can Work as a Camera Remote

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From the Dept. of “I Wonder What Will Happen If I Shove This Into There” Research comes news of handy substitute for a dedicated remote camera trigger.
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external Repurpose a Pringles Can Into a DIY Reflector —wikiHow

diypringlesWe know that an empty Pringles potato chips can can be put to good use as a DIY snoot and a cheap diffuser for macro photography, but it turns out the photographic applications don’t stop there. Check out this wikiHow DIY that shows you how to turn it into a DIY reflector as well.

 
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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…

Raspberry Pi Introduces the NoIR Infrared Camera Module for Low Light Photography

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DIY camera geeks have a new low-light option with the debut of the Raspberry Pi NoIR, a version of the popular camera module add-on for the single-board-computer that ditches the infrared filter on the image sensor. Read more…

How to Quickly & Easily Set Up a Webcam to Take Perfect Midair Shots Every Time

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Getting shots of people in midair can be a source of fun and fascination, but making them requires either a fair investment in remote triggers or a surplus of time and luck.

With a little bit of ingenuity, however, mechanical engineer Andrew Maxwell-Parish (aka Electric Slim) has made the process easy, cheap and reliable using a laptop, webcam and open-source software. Read more…

DIY: Fun Photo Fridge Magnets You Can Make in Minutes

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That’s right, it’s the weekend, and that means we can’t let you start your week off without first taking on a little DIY project. No worries if you’re not very tech savvy though, this one won’t require that you know how to solder anything. Today, we’ll show you how to make some fun little photo magnets for your refrigerator. Read more…