You Can’t Break A Window Without Making Some Glass

You Can't Break A Window Without Making Some GlassWasn’t really sure how to tag this one as far as site categories go. Ended up going in to inspiration.

It is a short flick by J. P. Morgan explaining on how to make Breakaway Glass. Breakaway glass is the glass used when you see things break in a movie, like a person going through a show window or that oh-so-common whine bottle on the head shot.

Turns out it takes very little to produce breakaway glass. The film and recipe after the jump. [Read more...]

Photographing Stars At Night Video Tutorial

If you had fun reading our Guide To Star Trails Photography and want to complement it with a guide for shooting non-moving stars, check out this video tutorial by Ben Canales.

The video covers anything you need to go out and start shooting stars, with the rule of 600 as your thumb rule for keeping them static. This rule says that if you divide 600 by your focal length you get the number of seconds you can leave your shutter open without turning the stars into trails.

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Weekend Project: Magical Plastic Fantastic

Plastic Fantastic 3Continuing with our tradition of weekend projects, here is another quick one. The nice thing about this project is that little bit of camera magic it has, so it si great to do with kids as they will absolutely go crazy after it.

If that was not good enough, this project also uses that Circular Polarizer filter that you bought a while back and never actually got to use. Here is your chance to take out of that filter case and give it a good use.

Plastic Fantastic

This is how you do it courtesy of Jon Gibbons: [Read more...]

DIY Camera Uses Xray Sheets For Film

If you’re one of those guys who can appreciate both vintage cameras and DIY projects, your jaw may drop permanently when you see this project.

Darren Samuelson, who is building a big camera, is actually building a HUGE camera. A retro style bellows camera.

The camera has a back panel of 14×36″, which is so big that it uses X-ray sheets as film.

Construction took about 6 months of work and technical issues ranged from finding film, through building a “medical grade” X-ray table, to supporting the huge bellows.

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Your Complete Guide For Photographing Star Trails

starsEver seen those pictures where the stars streak across the sky in a big arc? Or maybe the whole sky looked like it was spinning?

What you saw was star trails. The streaks were light left behind on the sensor or film from the star as it traveled across the sky in front of an open camera shutter. In fact, it only seems that way. What actually being recorded are stationary stars and the rotation of the earth that makes them spin. Kinda like you were standing on a vinyl record while it is playing. (yes, vinyl record, it is a form of ancient iPod).

For me, the images seem to have a certain magic or mystery about them. You must have heard a photographer talking about capturing that perfect moment in time. Well for capturing star trails you will need to capture the perfect hour or two in time. For such amazing looking images the technique to capture them is really quite simple. Keep reading for a complete set of instructions from start to finish. [Read more...]

Use CHDK As A Definite Lightning Rod For Your Pictures

Lightning in Sant FeliuA little while back we introduced an electric DIY which was designed to help reduce the luck factor when going on a stormy night to photograph lighting. It involved quite a bit of hardware and was aimed towards DSLRs that have an external trigger jack.

Turns out there is an easier way for most Canon P&S owners. It is called CHDK. We discussed CHDK before when we showed how to make Hi Res time lapse movies. This time CHDK comes to the rescue with a lighting catching script. [Read more...]

Six Photography Technologies That Were Sci Fi 10 Years Ago

Six Photography Technologies That Were Si Fi 10 Years AgoIn one of the last scenes of one of Schwarzenegger’s best films, The Running Man, the evil producer makes a real time video swap between the face of a stunt double and the face of the (future) Governor of California.The technology is called Digital Matte Tracking or somthing.

They want it to look as if Schwarzenegger was killed. In 1987 it was thought impossible. I think it still it.

Here are some of the video and photography editing stuff that were invented since then. Evenly impossible and evenly impressive. [Read more...]

Use A Cheapo Inflatable Wheel To Create Wonderful Camera Tossing Pictures

cyclotronWe all love a good camera toss. Yes we do. What we don’t love is broken cameras. On the floor crushed to smithereens.

You can avoid the crush in several ways. My favorite being an hydraulic system pistons with two shock absorbing cushions on each direction. Of course that system is not invented yet, and even if it was, it would probably cost a small fortune. You know hydraulic pistons are sooooo expensive.

Lucky flickr user Robert Couse came up with a cheaper alternative. I, of course, strongly recommends against using it, unless you have an old canon lying around ;)

Enter Gaffers tape, cardboard and an inflatable device. The image is self explanatory. [Read more...]

Taking Multiplicity Photographs

M&M BubbleIn this Tutorial Steve McDermott is going to show you how to take Multiplicity photographs.

Not really sure this is the right name for them, but I like it as it explains exactly what this technique does.

The setup is very simple. It uses the same principle as the computer screen project – transparent objects break light.

As simple as is is, it can give you amazing results. Definitely a fun weekend project. [Read more...]