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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…

DIY: How to Turn an Old Nikon D80 Into a Permanent IR Camera in Four Easy Steps

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Here’s a DIY project for infrared photography enthusiasts who have a few hundred dollars and some time to spend this weekend. Instead of taking the typical routes when it comes to taking IR photos — i.e. using an IR lens filter or making the magic happen in post — why not DIY a dedicated IR camera of your own? Read more…

Making a Rotating Room Set for a Gravity Defying Shoot for Just $350

North Webster, Indiana-based photographer and videographer Justin Fredrick Clark recently shared this awesome behind-the-scenes video showing how he and some other guys at his church built a rotating room for just $350 (granted, they already had access to some pretty serious equipment) for a creative work project.
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How to Make a DIY Point-and-Shoot with a 3D Printer and Parts from RadioShack

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Hey, not everybody wants a homemade gun. So how about using that 3D printer you’ve borrowed to make your own home-brew point-and-shoot digital camera?

DIY portal Instructables now has directions to do just that, thanks to creator Randy Sarafan‘s plans — including a downloadable template to print the body — and RadioShack’s mighty JPEG Color Camera Board to go inside. The final product would make a fine companion to the OpenReflex 3D-printable film SLR for those ready to go digital. Read more…

Building a DIY Battery Pack for Capturing Time-Lapses with a Point-and-Shoot

There are advantages to shooting time-lapses using a cheap point-and-shoot camera — for example, if it gets stolen, you’re not out thousands of dollars — but there is one particular challenge that is difficult to overcome: battery life. If you want your creation to cover any significant period of time, you need a way to keep the camera running.

The video above shows you one way to get around this problem if you’re using a AA-powered camera: just build your own DIY battery pack. Read more…

DIY: How to Turn an Old SLR and Lens Into a Peephole

It wouldn’t be the weekend without some interesting (and maybe a little silly) DIY project for the tinkerers out there. Last weekend it was turning an old film canister into an LED flashlight; this week we give you: how to turn an old SLR and lens into a DIY peephole for your apartment. Read more…

High-Res DIY Film Scanner Made from a DSLR, Lumber and an Arduino

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Consumer film scanners don’t provide enough detail, and professional models require too much money and pampering. What’s a dedicated film nerd to do? For Peter De Smidt, the answer was to build his own high-res scanner using the Nikon D600 and 50mm Micro lens he already had on hand, a bit of lumber and a lot of patience. Read more…

ArnoSync: An Impressive DIY High-Speed Insect Photography Rig

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There are DIY projects that just about anybody can do — for example, turning an old film canister into a flashlight — and there are DIY projects that have a very specific “Y” in mind.

The ArnoSync High-Speed photography rig falls into the latter category. But even if you don’t have the engineering prowess to build it yourself, it’s still worth taking a look at what this home-brew rig can do. Read more…

DIY: Transform an Old Film Canister Into a Tiny Flashlight for Your Camera Bag

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Here’s a good weekend project for those of you who have some old film canisters lying around, and a bit of DIY know-how up your sleeves. Those old film canisters done need to go to waste, with a little work you can turn them into tiny portable flashlights. Read more…