DIY Hyperlapse Cable Cam Cart for Use With Syrp Genie

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One of the most versatile and useful products on the market today for time lapse and live action video motion control is the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H).

To me, the biggest capability of the Genie that separates it from other time lapse and live action motion control devices is its ability to run long distance cable cam shots – there is no other device on the market that can do this.

But, in order to run a cable cam sequence – you first need a cable cam cart.

In this article, I will share the details of my DIY hyperlapse cable cam cart that I built for use with the Syrp Genie.

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Become a camera maker on the super-cheap: DIY Pinhole Camera + Template

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Have you suffered crushing disappointment from never realizing your dreams of becoming a camera maker? I haven’t, but, hey…it’s your story; write it any way you choose.

However, if you have always wanted to construct your own camera on the cheap, Pixel Análogo has come to your rescue. They detail (in Spanish) how to construct your own pinhole camera using trash and materials around your house, AND they provide free, downloadable templates to help you along the way.

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Turn your tablet into an external monitor for more on-the-go workspace

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One problem that we photographers (and other creative pros) run into a lot is the need for additional screen real estate.  For those on the go and working from laptops, it’s really not convenient to carry around an extra LCD monitor in your bag (obviously).  But, if you have an iPad or Android tablet, you may have just found your answer neigh at hand.

Instructables user Ironman 54 recently detailed the process of easily turning his iPad into an external monitor for his computer.

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Turn an old, silk scarf into a stylish camera strap

diy-scarf-camera-strapI’m always looking to accessorize to compliment my beard, from the hats I wear to…well, that’s pretty much the extent of it. While this DIY project isn’t perhaps something I would personally dangle around my manly neck, I think it’s awesome and would make a great handmade gift for the female photographer in your life.

Photographer, camera bag designer, and semi-pro crocodile wrestler (she’s from Australia…we made assumptions) Emma Anderson recently posted a tutorial on repurposing an old, silk scarf into a stylish and gorgeous camera strap. (Just because I wouldn’t wear it doesn’t mean I can’t like it, right?)

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Build a cheap, durable leather belt camera strap

leather-belt-camera-strap-01I love cameras. I love leather (take that however you wish). And, while I don’t love camera straps, I kinda dig this DIY leather belt strap from green-liver and photo enthusiast Tyler Lloyd. (We assume he devised the idea one night as he was twirling his mustache by a crackling fireplace and sharpening his straight razor on a leather strop.)

The project itself is rather simple, requiring minimal tools and materials. So, let’s take a look at what eating raw vegetables will lead a man to build.

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Capture Every Lightning Strike with This Clever GoPro Hack

lightning-strike-gopro-result-stillIn the past, we’ve featured some great posts about making sure you capture those epic lightning strikes that frolic through the sky like hyperactive children – like this one. (It’s okay…I’ll wait while you check it out. Maybe grab some KFC on your way back?)

Photographer and photo-hacker (can we just shorten it to “phacker,” already?!) Saulius Lukse recently published a post detailing how, using a GoPro and Python script, you can not only capture a whole string of lightning strikes but isolate the individual frames as well.

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Capture and Transmit Photos Remotely with a Solar-Powered Camera and Radio

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There are few things that get me more excited than radio technology (…at least for the time being; I will probably find another obsession in a month or two). Add to that off-grid power and photography, and you’ve got my attention.

This creative setup uses a Raspberry Pi, some extra wires, a BaoFeng UHF/VHF handheld radio (have a couple of them myself and love ’em), and some scripting to capture images, convert them to radio waves, and transmit them via slow-scan television (SSTV) to a remote location…all run off solar power.

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Quickly digitize the Dark Age with this DIY Automatic Film Slide Scanner

For those alive (or with family alive) during the days of film cameras, you have probably encountered the phenomenon of film slides (considered by some to be the precursor to PowerPoint, but Bill Gates refused to comment on where he originally came up with the idea). The problem with them, however, is moving them over into the digital era.

That is where photographer and DIY-er Stefan Lindgren took it upon himself to build a more-affordable alternative to the SlideSnap Pro, which weighs in at a hefty $3,395. (Heck, I don’t even spend that much on a car!)

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Quick & Easy DIY Counter Balance For Steadier Video

Here’s a super quick and relatively uncomplicated DIY build for those of you who are in need of a camera counter balance (think Steadicam) on the cheap. Using a few pieces of pipe and some basic fittings, you can make yourself a DIY version with just a little bit of elbow grease. The team over at I Like To Make Stuff created this video, showing you exactly how to make the counter balance. [Read more…]