A Slick DIY Self Contained photobooth


Photographer John Nakatsu  of K+J Studios operates a photobooth on events. On of the challenges with these kinds of botoh is to make them portable, and easy to set up. John came up with quite a clever solution to make the entire botoh self contained and easy to port without losing quality and fun.

The pictorial below goes through all the steps, so you cna get inspired on creating your own. Here is how he did it:

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How To Build A Swiss Army Knife Style Slide / Memory Cards Holder


If you use the Light Blaster Projection system, there is a good chance you’ve amassed quite a bit of slides. I’ve seen people hack a Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket by removing the middle stitches that separate each compartment, but why settle for fabric when you can print a nifty Swiss army knife style.

This file from thingiverse is made to hold several slides in a sweet-looking wallet that kinda resembles a Swiss-army knife.

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DIY High Speed Splash Photography

We’ve shared several interesting DIY projects that revolve around an Arduino, they’re pretty nifty little boards if you have the know how or the willingness to learn. It seems like the photography tinkerers out there are coming up with some new use for them on a pretty regular basis. Take this video from Thomas Burg, Johannes Gottwald, and MAKE, for example. Using an Arduino UNO, the team has devised a way to build a high speed photography set-up, that takes the guess work out of capturing splashes of various sorts.

If you’ve been attempting this the hard way (dropping an object in the water and hoping your timing is right when you press the shutter release on your camera), you know how frustrating it can be. This setup will allow you to capture the moment repeatedly, with little effort. (And don’t be scared off by having to program an Arduino–you can download the simple program for free from Thomas Burg.)

Here’s the video:

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Budget Friendly And Super Easy DIY Bank Light Alternative

Not everyone can afford a pair of KinoFlo’s, or perhaps can’t justify dropping several thousand dollars on lighting for a simple side project. This is where this incredibly uncomplicated, incredibly quick DIY light project comes into play. It’s so simple, the only thing that requires tools is attaching the mounting brackets to the light fixture, which, it turns out, is as easy as it sounds. Plus, the entire setup will cost you about $71 a light including the bulbs.

Now, as you’re watching the video, keep in mind that this DIY project has the hobbysist in mind, as a professional shooter working on a large production may not want to show up to set with a DIY light setup–though the creator of the video, Basic Filmmaker, says he has (once) just to prove they’d work.

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This Crazy Rig Is Perfect For Shooting Airplanes


Photographer Jim Winters is shooting lots of aviation. As the way of Aviation photography, the camera/lens combo can be quite a heavy lift, and not easy to ballance. Some photographers use a lens collar or dual camera/lens bracket as a mounting point on a tripod, and while this setup is good for stabilizing the camera, is anything but portable.

Jim Winters came up with the perfect (pink solution) he built a triple axis rig which mounts both the camera, heavy/long lenses and a plethora of other goodies. He named it the TRIAXEZ.

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Shooting A Timelapse With A D4 And A 300 Microns PCB Pinhole

Sometimes taking a good pinhole timelapse just means going over the top with the gear used both for the actual shooting and creating the (pin)hole. Such was the case for Alexy Frangieh who used a Nikon D4 to record a pinhole timelapse.

Alexy also used state of the art PCB milling machine to create a 0.3mm (or 300 microns) wide hole.

To use the hole, Alexy “denikonized” a cheap body cap, creating a groove and a hole for the a CNCed and drilled PCB to go in.

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How To Build A DIY HD Video Monitor


While can buy wireless HD monitors on the market, but even the cheaper kits are not very cheap. This is why I turned to making my own DIY wireless HD field monitor.

I’m going to use the device both as a standalone, wired unit (via the hdmi-cable) when shooting video so I get all the benefit from the resolution. I’m also going to use the wireless link when I’m doing aerial and flash photography.

The idea was to find an affordable 7″ monitor with a high resolution (1280×800) and with an in-built battery. I also planned to include a video link, that I had purchased earlier, to this project so the monitor box should also have enough space for a receiver. I wanted to use a higher end IPS monitor for better view angles and use in the sun.

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How To Build A Raspberry PI Action Cam


You know how action camera like the GoPro or Yi Camera are never quite what you wanted? Connor Yamada experimented with a GoPro but wanted to build a camera that would be a tight fit for his needs –  a cheaper, open-source, and biking-centric action camera. (And to also have Long battery life; Wireless communication and a Simple, durable enclosure)

While the project is not completely off the shelf one, Connor made sure that anybody with access to a 3D printer and soldering iron, can build this project.

The camera is based on the Raspberry Pi Model A+ connected to a 5MP PI Camera and gets wireless access via an Edimax nano adapter. For power Connor added a small 2000mAh battery and a Lipo Charger board.

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How To Add Computer Cabinet Cooling


Besides your camera, your computer is probably your single most important piece of photography equipment.

Laptops and iMacs are nice, but if you’re relying on a big beefy desktop PC or Mac Pro to take care of the heavy lifting, your computer is probably tucked away in a computer cabinet somewhere under your desk.

Have you ever checked to see how hot your hard working computer is getting in that enclosed space?

If not, I suggest you check – a computer that is always running hot will not perform as well and will have a drastically shorter life span than a computer with adequate ventilation.  There is a big difference between the amount of heat generated by the average office PC running Excel and a creative professional’s PC rendering 4k video.  And although most computer desks come with a computer cabinet that isn’t totally enclosed, the available openings can be clogged with wires or ineffective if pushed up against a wall.

So, in this article I am going to share a few really easy ways to add active computer cabinet cooling with fans.

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