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Turn any object into a shutter button…

May 30th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Take a look at this:

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joylabs/makey-makey-an-invention-kit-for-everyone

 

It can turn any object into a mouse click or a spacebar press.  Which of course can be used to press a button in a tethering software, mine or anybody elses.

Photobooth with a banana as the shutter button?  Not just possible, but easy, using this.

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How long does battery last while doing tethered time lapse?

January 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

I thought that this was going to be a major limitation — the battery life of the camera — as while connected via USB the camera is constantly “on” and never goes into a sleep mode.

However while I was doing recent testing with the Nikon D40 time lapse I started with a full battery and took schedule shots every 5 seconds for about an hour, and at the end the battery still said 100% full.  Both via the camera icon, and via the battery meter in my script.

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Bamboo backdrop stand

November 19th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The other day I saw this nice post at diyphotography.net about a simple backdrop stand, and it made me think how I do this with bamboo.  Nothing bamboo specific about it I think, and in fact really not much to it at all.

Basically I leverage chairs , specifically any chair with straight legs (so no sofas or lazyboys or office spinners).  Why?  Because chairs are everywhere, and they tend to stay put — they are easy to weight down with a few books or you can even have someone sit on it.  So you it isn’t anything extra, it’s just using what you have.

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You know what a Justin Clamp is, right?

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you follow any of the small light shooters or “strobism” in general as I do then you’ll have come across the “Justin Clamp” quite a few times in passing.  If not, then lets just say it is an ugly beast that provides several useful ways to attach something to something else — typically a hotshoe flash to a pole, shelf, tripod leg or probably someone’s nose if they stay still long enough.

Supposedly it was invented by Justin Stailey (formerly of Bogen, now of Leica USA per Drew Gardner)  to satisfy the need of one particular photographer, but anyone can buy one if you are prepared to part with the cash.

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Folding Paper Grid Spot

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In my last post I used the folding paper grid spot — you know what a grid spot is right

?   Now there are plenty of ways of making your own — if you don’t want to buy a professionally made one

— the most effective seem to be using black drinking straws, and I have made a couple like that and they are great.

But they are a little on the bulky side — I mean I can’t slip one into my pocket — at least not without the girls saying “Is the a grid spot in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me“.   So wanting to be a little more discrete I came up with this idea.

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DIY Bamboo Light Stand

September 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Why a bamboo light stand?  Well if you are a reader of Strobist

then you know that lightstands are very handy — if not read here first.  Of course a factory built one is simple and probably the best option

, but it isn’t exactly cheap.  Particularly if you want more than one — and you will, you’ll want several.  There’s your main light, then fill, then hair and rim lights, and what about some reflectors and…  you get the picture.  Just try not to over-do the whole speedlight thing, heh?

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