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Open Source Linear Bearing System. The MakeSlide Project. MakerSlide Camera Slider Control Program at Buildlog.Net Blog. December 14th, 2011 by bdring There has been a ton of interest in camera slider applications for MakerSlide.

MakerSlide Camera Slider Control Program at Buildlog.Net Blog

A while ago I decided to make a very simple reference design for a motorized slider. This design only required fabrication of one part. The rest of the parts are existing components. The part can be made on a laser cutter, router or even by hand. I don’t know much at all about this type of camera work so I did not see all this interest coming. I decided to make an Arduino based controller. MakerSlide: Camera Slider Control Program 2011 CC-A-SA 0 = Set Current Location as 0 S = Stop now! The controller uses a menu driven interface via the USB connection. It has several commands to interactively move the carriage around. At power up the motor disables. How it works (programmers only) The controller uses a timer to run an interrupt function at a regular interval. Source code (Arduino 1.0) Wiki Page on Slider Wiki Page on Software Buy one here at the MakerSlider Store Future Plans Videos.

DPTnT - Digital Photography Tips and Techniques. FocalBlade - Tutorials. Welcome to optikVerve Labs - Home of virtualPhotographer. TimeTraveler. Fotoopa's unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight. I have covered Flickr member Fotoopa and his custom made Nikon rig for capturing insects in flight in the past.

Fotoopa's unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight

He now has an improved monster machine. The main camera is a Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8D lens but there is an external shutter Uniblitz VS14 between the camera and the lens that reduces the shutter lag from 52 msec to 3.3 msec. The rig has two SB-80 flashes and a SB-29 ring flash. Focusing is done with... IR lasers that are pointed at the virtual focus point of the camera. Here is a list of used equipment and settings: The results are stunning: Do bugs get red eyes :) More photographs can be found here. All images © Fotoopa. Merlin-Style DIY Camera Stabilizer/Steadicam Build Tutorial. DIY Steadicam by StudioAmarelo.

Merlin-Style DIY Camera Stabilizer/Steadicam Build Tutorial

Tutorial on construction below. Steadicams are like handheld tripods that hold a videocamera on a swiveling base, so that almost any movement you make is isolated from the camera. The resulting shots are flowing, dreamy, and somewhat ethereal (sorta like this).The big wheel scene in The Shining is one of the classic examples, although they used a modified system (also: the notes about the way Stanley Kubrick and director of photography Garret Brown set up the shots for that film is a fascinating read) Large, Hollywood-quality steadicam rigs cost $60,000. Smaller professional units are available, with compact consumer level units like the Merlin retailing for a bit under $1000. For many hobbyists, even the consumer price is beyond their budget. The gimbal is a key part to the movement that defines steadicams–it’s basically the pivot point that allows the handle of the system to move separately from the camera it’s connected to.

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Update: I now will be co-instructing another macrophtography workshop with Alex Wild and John Abbott at the Archbold Biological Station in Lake Placid, Florida - August 23-26, 2012. More information here: Here's a photo of me getting a shot of a robberfly in August 2009 taken by abikeOdyssey Besides macrophotography, I also draw a bit - to see some of my artwork, (which I like to keep seperate from photography) go here: Also, for those interested, I'm working on a website about vintage electric guitars I have owned, which can be found here:

Drop By Drop. Cowboystudio Macro Focusing Rail Set with 4 Way, Fine Control and Camera Focusing Rail for Macro Photography: Camera & Photo. The Comprehensive Guide To Macro Photography. When we photograph something very small we call it a macro photography.

The Comprehensive Guide To Macro Photography

I would imagine we should call it Micro photography, but I don’t have control over the jargon. Shooting small things poses great challenges and comes with high rewards. In this tutorial I to get all the info that you’d need to take macro shots. starting from equipment through subjects and tip and wrap up of some of my favorite macro photographers on Flickr if you need some extra inspiration. When we talk about macro photography we tend to think about small things that we shoot from a close distance. This definition works for me as an on-the-nose definition and is probably right for just about 95% of all macro images. Ratios Way back in film days macros used to have ratios. The Ration (or Macro Ratio) is the difference in size between the “real” size of the subject and the size that subject was caught on film.

To make things non technical, let’s just say that the ratio is, the larger magnification it means. Equipment. Three Super Macro Rigs You Can Build At Home. After posting the big Macro tutorial, I thought it would be interesting to see what extreme macroists (yea, it’s a new word) use to get those super detailed shots.

Three Super Macro Rigs You Can Build At Home

I was surprised by the amount of ingenuity compared to the amount of High end gear (hint more of the first, less of the second). This just goes to show that even with what you may consider highly specialized areas like macro, you can still make some pretty darn good pictures if you accept the lack of money as a creative constraint rather than a wall of bricks. Twin Flash Macro Rig This rig by Jon Mather uses a D7000 for camera an old reversed vivitar 70-150 with an extension tube for lens and a couple of Yongnuo strobes for light. The entire construction rests on a bent aluminum bar. That’s what it’ll give you macro wise The Ultimate Macro Setup This rig from Charly is a bit more complex to create. This is the kind of macro that it creates: Macrophotography Setup See the similarity?

Off Camera Flash Reverse Lens All Manual. RED Camera Keeper. How To Build A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer. A few day ago we featured the EZ-Steady as a smart camera stabilizer.

How To Build A Beautiful Camera Stabilizer

If you follow the blog, you know that there are plenty of DIY versions for similar stabilizers, none of which are as beautiful though, as the DIY Camera Stabilizer from Pixel Artwork. The instructions come in Japanese, but Sergey Brin was kind enough to translate, see the first page here and the second one here. There is also a video if you find Google transaction to lack some <cough, cough> clarity. Thanks for the tip, Lance. Polaroid Automatic Motorized Pan Head With Wireless Remote Control For SLR Cameras & Camcorders: Camera & Photo. Polaroid Wireless Motorized Pan Tilt For SLR. Polaroid Motorized Pan Tilt Here’s an interesting product that was linked to from Venga.

Polaroid Wireless Motorized Pan Tilt For SLR

The idea was to use it on the Pico Flex Dolly. What you see above is an inexpensive motorized Pan / Tilt head with wireless remote. Previous popular inexpensive motorized pan heads were from Bescor, but this is a new version from Polaroid which says it’s designed to support a full SLR camera up to 7lbs. That’s quite a bit. Specifications Panning Angle – 120 DegreesPan Speed – 6 Degrees Per SecondTilt Angle – 30 DegreesTilt Speed – 4 Degrees Per SecondMaximum Load – 7 lbsPower Sources – Remote= 1 CR2032, Head= 5 AA or DC ConverterRemote Transmitter Distance – 30′Remote Sensor Cable – 20ftRemote Sensor Extension Cable – 20ft While the Bescor Motorized heads ran over $130-200 dollars , these Polaroid Motorized heads are listing for about $94 dollars on eBay (check prices here) Polaroid Automatic Motorized Pan Head With Wireless Remote Control For SLR Cameras & Camcorders.


Color Pouring Photography Technique. Color Pouring Photography Technique Photography tutorial video demonstrates how to create beautiful designs of color in water.

Color Pouring Photography Technique

Challenge: “Colors in Water” Create an image using Color pouring technique. The WINNER will receive Rosco Strobist Collection Gels Kit (ship worldwide). Judging is done by a secret ballot by all LMS associates and visiting artists. Image with the most points wins. Deadline: October 25th, 2011. The Winning Image Is: Title: “Robot” by Phil Hallam Congrats!! Color Pouring Photography Tutorial Observing the color to gracefully metamorphose in water is a fascinating experience.

Photo by Robert Grant Fill up the tank with water. Tools for Color Pouring: If you are looking to master Liquid Splash Photography we highly recommend: Mastering Splash Masterclass video eBook by Alex Koloskov. Challenge: “Colors in Water” Create an image using Color pouring technique. How to Submit your Image: log in to your account or sign up for a free learnmyshot account. Arduino Pan&Tilt-System.

On this page we present the Arduino Pan&Tilt-System.

Arduino Pan&Tilt-System

An Arduino controlls a Canon Ixus Camera and two servos of the camera pan&tilt system from Lynxmotion. We also designed a aluminium plate where all parts are mounted on. You can use this design to make ultra-mega- or even giga-pixel images or make time lapsed movies from single photo shots. Hardware - Arduino Duemilanove (at Ebay, around 20€/$) - Arduino Prototyping Shield (at Ebay, around 8€/$) - 7.2V racing battery pack (NiCd or NiMh) (around 15€/$) - Lynxmotion Pan&Tilt system (Link , around 45€/$) - digital camera (see our hack here) - milled 160x170mm aluminium plate (you can create and upload a design to using the Frontplatten-Designer tool, around 35€/$) You can download the plate design in the download section. - screws and other assembly material (around 8€/$) Software The software is devided into different parts: 1.)

Initialization of the driver modules of the servos, (serial interface if needed), button, … . Wall (mains) Power for an Olympus E-510. Learn how to build an AC/DC interface for an Olympus E-510. Unfortunately, Olympus didn't bother to make an AC/DC adapter for the Olympus E-510 camera. This typically isn't a problem as you can just tool around with a bag full of fresh batteries. It does become an issue if you decide to use your camera for time-lapse photos and don't want to replace batteries constantly during a long time-lapse sequence. Not only is replacing batteries a hassle, but it also shifts the position of the camera and makes the finished product not as smooth. This project assumes you have a better-than basic understanding of DC electricity and some basic wood-working skill. If you have access to a laser cutter, you can have your plywood prototype in no time! You will need an AC/DC converter that can supply at least .5 amps (1 amp if you plan on shooting more than a picture/second) at at least 10 volts.

Some things to think about before you start: This project involves hacking your potentially expensive camera. The EZ-Steady Is One Smooth Camera Stabilizer. It is no secret that I am a big fan of photography makers and tinkers. I am one myself with a few (smallish) inventions of my own. It is also no secret that Kickstarter is a great place for photo-tinkers. This is why I love sharing photography related projects on Kickstarter. My latest favorite is the EZ-Steady. A small but clever DSRL Video Stabilizer. The EZ-Steady has both a clever mounting stage for smart camera mounting, and an easy to level set of balances.

It also enables camera pointing with one hand (or actually one finger). The project is already about 400% funded in less than a week, and a pledge of $225 will get you one too. EZ-Steady- DSLR Camera Stabilizer via thedigitalvisual.