Okay all you makers and DIYers, here’s a little project from Jason Poel Smith, over at Make, that shows you how to build an automatic pan/tilt rig for your camera to help capture panoramic photographs.. The build is “made from three metal frames and three servo motors” and allows the rig to be mounted on your existing tripod. Smith rates the build as “Moderate” difficulty, you’ll need to be comfortable doing some basic wiring. [Read More…]
We’ve shared several interesting DIY projects that revolve around an Arduino, they’re pretty nifty little boards if you have the know how or the willingness to learn. It seems like the photography tinkerers out there are coming up with some new use for them on a pretty regular basis. Take this video from Thomas Burg, Johannes Gottwald, and MAKE, for example. Using an Arduino UNO, the team has devised a way to build a high speed photography set-up, that takes the guess work out of capturing splashes of various sorts.
If you’ve been attempting this the hard way (dropping an object in the water and hoping your timing is right when you press the shutter release on your camera), you know how frustrating it can be. This setup will allow you to capture the moment repeatedly, with little effort. (And don’t be scared off by having to program an Arduino–you can download the simple program for free from Thomas Burg.)
Here’s the video:
By routinely reading Photo-News and blogs from around the world, I came across homemade photo booths again and again. I saved images and ideas for my own project to be executed “somewhere in the future”. Future was supposed to be 2012, when I moved to Hamburg and a housewarming party was planned. Unfortunately, that did not work out with the schedule, the project has been somewhat forgotten and thus lay for a while semi-finished in the basement. 2015, a colleague celebrated his birthday on a larger scale and they have established a selfie-booth. The result was great and reminded me of the photo booth in the basement, which was finally pushed to completion.
Like always I joint all the best ideas from other projects that I had found in the meantime.
Sometimes small projects go out of control. This is what happened to youtuber val3tra. He started a small project to capture low res, low cost, low footprint but long spanning time lapse movies. And what started as a small personal project became a full open-sourced endeavor.
This fist size camera can run for an entire year capturing 48k photos once an hour. The camera itself is an easy build, it’s built around a small jpeg camera available on eBay. It is a small camera at 640×480 resolution, with a 1/3″ sensor. The relatively big sensor allows for reasonable night time shooting.
The full schematics and BOM are available on the project site, and final software should be released soon. It is pretty interesting to look at the numbers coming from the camera:
Today I want to share how I created a few huge, Gigapixel photos, using a DIYed panoramic head. Actually, it is not a panoramic head because it not only goes right and left, but also up and down.
I’ve been a big fan of panoramic photography and of landscape in general for a long time. But four years ago I was climbing a mountain and the view from the top simply took my breath away. I felt an urgent need to share the image with people don’t climb and therefore will never get access to such views.
Here is the thing though, standard photos do not have enough details. Our eyes have far more resolution that your standard digital camera, so a new project began: I wanted to build the best Gigapan Robot – an automated panoramic head for DSLR.
[editor’s note: things get highly
nerdy techy from this point on]