DIY – Create Your Own Bokeh

create your own BokehBokeh is an adaptation from a a Japanese word meaning blur. In photography this term is used to describe the quality of the areas in the picture which are not in focus.

When referring to Bokeh, we can distinguish some of it characteristics:

– Is the light/dark gradient smooth or sharp?

– What shape will a small dot of light take what it is in the Bokeh area? (mirror lenses for example, create a bagel like Bokeh)

We can play with those two variants to create a special Bokeh.

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DIY – Universal Sound and Optical Slave Flash Trigger

diy flash triggerSee this exploding grape picture? it was taken using a method called high-speed-photography. Yup, this is the same image type as those exploding balloons, squashed tomatoes and bullet shots. The idea is to capture a tiny moment in time, so tiny in fact, that you will not see it with your bar eyes. Trying to capture a flying bullet is not trivial, you can read about the general setup here. [Read more…]

DIY – High Speed Photography at Home

High Speed Photography at HomeHow to take photos like the one you are seeing here. It’s a glass of Champaign, being shot with a BB gun. It is the same idea as posted in this gallery. You can use this technique to take picture of exploding things like tomatoes, watter balloons, watermelons, or even you Canon camera as you smash it against a wall for not understanding the menus (Sorry, could not resist…) [Read more…]

The Sigma EF-500 flash – Light duration vs. output power

The measurements in the below table help to illustrate the amount of time that the flash is emitting light in each of its various power setting. This time is crucial when taking high speed photos.

Measurements were done with a Photo-diode, oscilloscope set to 50ohm.


1/1 Output power

1/2 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-2
1/4 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-4
1/8 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-8
1/16 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-16
1/32 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-32
1/64 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-64
1/128 Output power light_duration_vs_output_power_ef500-128


contributed by Karsten Stroemvig (aka Lullaby)

DIY – Release Cable for Canon DSLRs

canon DIY release cableThis is a very simple diagram and instructions for building a shutter release cable for a canon DSLR.

Cable release is that thingamajig you use when you want to activate your camera, but you do not want to touch it. Why would you want t do this? I can think of two reasons: 1 – you do not want to move the camera by pressing the shutter release button. And 2 – you need to stand away from the camera. Compared with Cannon’s RS60 E3 this is a real nice deal. [Read more…]