Today I get to tell you the story of my latest camera creation, a digital Polaroid camera that combines a receipt printer with a Raspberry Pi. To build it I took an old Polaroid Minute Maker camera, stripped out its guts, and replaced the innards with a digital camera, an e-ink display, a receipt printer, and an SNES controller to operate the camera. If you like this project, don’t forget to follow me (@ade3) on Instagram.
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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is one of my favorite photo contests. While I don’t photograph wildlife myself, images from this contest never fail to put a smile on my face. If you’d like to put a smile on someone’s face and get some neat awards too, Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is now open for entries. But other than sharing information on how to enter the contest, they’re also giving away extra giggles with some hilarious animal images.
2020 has been a strange year. It’s been a difficult one for all of us and for some more than others. It’s been a challenge at times to look on the bright side and think of the good and fun stuff that’s happened in the world around us.
These aren’t in any particular order, but here are some of my favourite stories from this year that have made me laugh, smile, be inspired or have made me want to fire up the 3D printer or pull out the soldering iron.
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Hollyland Mars 400S Pro announcement, Vaxis has now announced their new Atom 500 SDI wireless video transmission system (which still supports HDMI, too) and on paper it looks pretty impressive, offering less than 80ms latency and a 500ft range with internal antennas. The new release is an update to the company’s previous Atom 500 HDMI wireless transmitter, which didn’t offer any SDI support.
Sometimes, you see a project that’s just so cool and so out there that you just have to find out more. That was me when I saw the photo above from Rattanak Sorn. Rattanak live streams his e-bike journeys to Facebook and it’s turned his bike into a self-sufficient multicam live streaming machine, complete with Raspberry Pi and an Atem Mini Pro.
During the recent Black Lives Matter protests, the terms “master” and “slave” seem to have suddenly become problematic. After Canon, we now find out that Nikon has changed the terminology in its products as well. Only it was actually long before Canon did it – way back in the early 2000s.
The Universal Serial Bus has come a long way as a technology; it is now a standard in today’s electronics and gadgets for work and play.
Computers and peripherals interact through USB ports. As you can see here, legacy serial and parallel ports once dominated the scene. Under this setup, a keyboard, mouse, external monitor, printer, and all other PC accessories have a corresponding custom port to communicate with the computer.
Way back when, before DSLRs, Canon had the EOS 5 (that’s the A2E to those in the USA). It was a pretty decent camera. My dad owned one. But one of the things it did which no other camera on the market could do, was eye-controlled autofocus. This wasn’t like the Eye AF we get today where the camera focuses on your subject’s eye. No, this was where the photographer used their eye to look at what they wanted the camera to focus on.
It was only ever used in a small handful of Canon’s 35mm SLRs before the idea seemed to be abandoned. But now, it looks like Canon might be reintroducing the system. Canon recently filed a patent (Japanese patent #2019-129461) for a very similar system so the folks at DPReview decided to do a little look back on the system and what it might mean for the future.
Light, the company behind the Light L16 camera which contains 16 sensors and lenses, has announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony to create the next generation of multi-camera smartphones. Well, we knew Light was working on something to do with phones, and now it looks like it’s official.
Traveling is wonderful, but it can be stressful if you’re flying with photography gear. You need to transport everything safely, plus avoid any potential misunderstandings at the airport because of the electronics you’re carrying. So, if your photography or video work takes you abroad often, Joe Edelman offers plenty of tips to make your life easier. In this video, he suggests the best bags and gear to carry, as well as packing tips to make your gear safe and make you carefree during a flight.