How To Make A Vintage Camera Half Case

Here is an awesome entry to our How I Took It Contest from Mambastik. It’s a vintage case for vintage looking cameras. This specific one is for the Olympus Pen EP1, but the process described makes it a breeze to adopt to any camera.

How To Make A Vintage Camera Half Case

Speaking of How I Took It, the submission period is over and we are working hard an rallying up the dozens of entries and reviewing them all. Results soon.

I decided to do this build as an alternative to expensive camera cases found on various online shops. I’ve always asked myself, “why is it so expensive? I could probably make it myself!” And so I took on the challenge. I made this a while back, but have made improvements since then.

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Protect Traveling Lenses With A Beer Cozy

If your camera only has one extra lens, it sometimes makes sense to save on the number of bags on a trip by co-locating the lens in a laptop bag or a day bag.

The thing is, you wanna keep the lens protected. Dedicated camera bags have foam inserts, called dividers, that’ll keep your lens safe from bumping against hard materials, but your laptop case will most likely won’t have those dividers.

Taryn Fiol of apartment therapy came up with a smart way or protecting a lens (or a strobe for that matter) if you choose to go bag-light.

By using a beer cozy to wrap the lens Taryn was able to protect it from strap hard edges. (and won a makeshift snoot in the process).

Protect Traveling Lenses With A Beer Cozy

Of course, if you want to go all the way to the other extreme, you can, with basic sewing skills, make your own camera bag insert all together.

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Build A Bluetooth GPS Unit For Nikon Cameras

From the first time I saw the power in geotagging images I was immediately hooked. My Nikon D90 is capable of geotagging, but, unlike the S100 (for example) it has no internal GPS and requires the somewhat pricy GP-1 GPS Unit. I set out to make a better cheaper solution.

I started by doing a lot of research on this topic and it turns out that there is a fairly simple way to connect a receiver to a Nikon camera. Simple, if you don’t mind a bit of makering :)

Build A Bluetooth GPS Unit For Nikon

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The Holy Trinity Of Free Sunrise/Sunset Planning Tools For A Photographer

Great photographs involving the moon and the sun can be made by sheer coincidence, but they usually don’t. It took photographer Luke MacGregor three nights and the aid of an iPhone app to nail that wonderful Moon Through Olympic Rings photograph.

Holy Trinity of free sunrise/sunset planning tools for a photographer

Andy (A.K.A Stargazer95050 on Flickr), an experienced astronomical photographer,shares his holy trinity of free tools to assist in finding the perfect location relative to the sun and moon for taking a perfect photograph. [Read more...]

Are Pentax Cameras *That* Weather Proof?

Apparently they are.

US soldier Alex Jansen took his two Pentax Cameras, The K-7 and K-5 and tested just how weather sealed and dust proof they are.

Are Pentax Cameras *That* Wether Proof?

Although serving in Afghanistan, Alex was short of a real storm a the time of taking the video. He “compromised” by pouring a bag of sand on the poor bodies and rinsed them off in the showers. The cameras survived. Twice. [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Carabiners Quick Release Strap

We love camera straps, what we don’t love is dangling straps from the camera while it is in the bag or on a tripod.

The good folks at thought grenades share a (somewhat volumatic) tip on using key-rings and carabiners to attach a strap to a camera body. Is it all fancy looking? Not that much. Will it work, probably like a charm.

Yea, we love strap hacks, here are our guide for DIY R-strap, DIY glide strap and a DIY C-Loop. [Read more...]

Quick Tip – Use a Power Bar While Traveling Abroad

The awesome Benjamin Von Wong is here on a visit and we gave my new video setup a quick run.

Since Ben comes from Canada all his devices has weird Canadian no good plugs. The solution, use one all-in-one pongs adapter and a “bought at home country” power bar. This configuration has a small foot print and can be reused around the world.

(Side note: expect more videos here, one of the first ones will be on how to create that “white” look on a budget). [Read more...]

DIY: Make a Fashion-Passion Camera Wristlet

DIY: Make a Fasion-Passion Camera Wristlet

Elizabeth Giorgi of Being Geek Chic (God, I love this name) shares a great little tutorial that shows you how to make a fashionable camera wrist strap. The kind that is kinda like lanyard that keep cameras from finding their way to the cement pavement.

The stitching job is really easy and if you ever wanted to get into sewing (come’on I know you do) this is a great starters project, that will ease you in to the world of doubles, zig-zags and overlocks. (And you win a wonderful strap in the process). Hit the jump for a full movie tutorial. [Read more...]