How To Bake A Nikon Cake

A few weeks ago the blog has taken a small detour to the baking realm with camera shaped cookies. I thought that cookies were not big enough in some cases so here we go with a guide to bake a Nikon cake.

How To Bake A Nikon Cake

I must say that making this Nikon cake was not trivial, but it was not as hard as I expected and seems like everyone with a bit of baking skills can pull this off.

Please note the cake is of an un-named model (D4, maybe?). Names will be happily accepted in the comments. [Read more…]

Crowdsourcing Bullet Time

Eeeeveryboy loves Bullet Time. Bullet Time is that magical moment in a movie when everything freezes and the camera makes a circle or a semi circle around an object. I guess it is called bullet time cuz the camera moves at the speed of a bullet.

By now, you probably know that this effect is achieved with a battery of stills camera that will set you back a small house. To achieve Bullet Time, the photographers (or Bullet time specialist) places cameras in a circle and use both a green screen and clever triggering software.

The big number of cameras are used to maintain smooth motion as the point of view moves from one camera to another.

The Triggering mechanism is used to trigger the camera one after the other in very close succession, so it would seem like time is still flowing while the POV changes.

And the green screens is used to eliminate any interference and gain control over the set.

Or….. You could crowd source it all. [Read more…]

High Speed Primer – Better Trigger And Cherry Drops

High Speed Primer - Better Trigger And Cherry Drops

On our last post we built and used a sound trigger to shoot a crossbow shoots an egg, today we add a photo gate trigger and shoot things falling.

After using the original trigger circuits for quite a while, I decided to make some improvements and to amalgamate the various devices into one, and to finally “hard wire” the whole lot. My excuse was that while I was incorporating the improvements I could rationalize the kit, but to be honest this was a bit of a vanity project. The finished control box is better, and much more versatile, and has enough knobs and switches to impress the unwary, but functionally the quick-and-easy separate circuits are just as good!

So, you can treat this post as a bit of a vanity project too, and skip it completely unless you are a inveterate tinkerer yourself! [Read more…]

Stocking Stuffers Giveaway

Stocking Stuffers Giveaway

I wanted to do a quick fun thing for Christmas & Hanukah so we are giving away some awesome stocking stuffers – we are doing all holidays and shipping worldwide.

UPDATE: the giveaway is now over, scroll over to the end of the post to see who won the lens.

To celebrate the spirit of gift giving we are giving away 5 (yea, five) Bokeh Masters Kits and 5 (yea, five) Camera Cookie Cutters to one winner. With the main idea that you will give (at least some of them to your friends.

Also, our pals at MOO, chipped in with 200 Business Cards here
and 3 StickerBooks which you can
actually use as greeting cards.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is answer one simple question:

Who Are You Going To Share The Goods With?

You can enter in two ways, each will grant you one ruffle ticket

1. Leave your answer as a comment on this post (and please unmark ‘receive email notifications’ – trust me on this one :) + I am moderating comments so you’ll have a to wait a bit to see it coming.

2. Twit your answer with the following text in the tweet: http://bit.ly/diypstocking #diypstocking Feel free to be as creative as you want, as long as you have that text in the twit.

The giveaway will end on Friday, December 9th, when random.org will pick up one lucky winner, and this post will be updated with the winner’s name.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now over. Thanks for everone who entererd. The winenr, by randon.org ir comment #12 by Jeremy.

UPDATE2: Sadly no contact from Jeremy, random.org, moves the prize to comment #252 by Johnathan Nissan

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Keep Your Lens Cap Safe With A DIY Nice Clip

A while back we shared a niec little clip called the Nice Clip. It is a clip that attaches to the lens cap and make it clipabale. It really is one of those smack-me-on-the-head-for-not-thinking-about-this kinda of ideas.

Luckily, its simplicity makes it a good candidate for a DIY version. I guess photographer Sean Ragan thought the same. Using a small lapel clip and heavy duty outdoor mounting tape.

Keep Your Lens Cap Safe With A DIY Nice Clip [Read more…]

Building A Set 101

For me one of the questions when seeing a photograph in an interesting interior is often how did they find the house, how did they get permission to shoot there and how did they squeeze all the lighting gear inside.

Photographer Mark Wallace shows how it’s done. They don’t go looking for a house, they build a small set out of a few pieces of wood. Mark gives us the full walk through of a set he build for a recent book cover shoot. Everything that is not in the frame is one big don’t care, which makes the set building way easier than it sounds.

This clip is the first of two parts, so check out Mark’s channel for the follow up next week.

Set Building via iso1200

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How To Build A Slider From A Drawer Rail

When you are looking at your typical slider one of first things you’ll check is how smooth it is. Interestedly enough this is also one of the first things you check when you are in the market for a drawer system.

This coincidence did not slip Aron Anderson who used a drawer rail to build a small slider. It fascinates me how creative photographers and videographers come up with clever ways to overcome budget issues.

The slider has a range of about 22 inches and if you can find rails for deeper drawer, range will naturally increase. Aron says that this specific rail was $22 at Home depot but they come smaller and bigger in a whole range of sizes.

Slip and Slide The iPhone slider on trinityfxmg

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