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We’ve featured our fair share of pinhole photography projects here at MAKE, and it’s no wonder. As complicated as cameras have become, it seems amazing that photos can be taken with something as simple as a tiny hole in a shoe box. But if you still yearn for all the creature comforts that a modern-day DSLR affords and you want to experiment with pinhole photography, you’re not out of luck. This quick hack turns your DSLR into a rather advanced pinhole camera.
You’ll need to use a spare camera body cap, which is normally meant for protecting the camera from foreign matter entering through the lens port when there’s no lens attached. If you always keep a lens on your SLR, you can use the body cap that came with your camera. But if you store your camera without a lens, you’ll probably want to pick up a spare. Luckily, they’re quite cheap. Simply cut a hole in the center of the body cap and tape a small piece of needle-pricked aluminum foil. The larger the hole is, the more light will hit your camera’s sensor. The tradeoff is that the picture will be more blurry.
What’s great about DSLR pinhole photography is that you can combine it more easily with other photography techniques such as HDR or timelapse for an interesting effect. And if your DSLR supports video, you can even shoot pinhole video. If you shoot any cool photos with your pinhole DSLR, share them with the rest of us! Post them to the MAKE Flickr pool.
I’m continually blown away with Steve Hoefer’s work. Check out his documentation camera dolly (complete with instructions):
I know a lot of people who make lots of stuff. They even take the time to share as much as they can about their process. But documenting everything is a pain. It takes time away from the actual doing of the project. And even if you aren’t documenting to share with the world, documenting for yourself is incredibly valuable.
And let’s say you’re trying to show someone how to do something. Cook, solder, crochet, play chess… most anything with your hands. Wouldn’t it be handy to have a camera above your work, just like they have on those fancy TV shows? Yes, it turns out it would. And it also turns out to be pretty easy to make.
This overhead camera dolly holds a camera pointing straight down onto your work surface and it lets you easily move it both side-to-side and toward and away from you so it can focus on any part of your workspace.
Use it for instructional videos, live demos, time lapse videos or film your own cooking show!
• It’s cheap—I built the whole thing for less than $30.
• It’s simple to build. It only take a few common tools and a few hours.
• It’s easily customizable to the size and needs of your workspace.
• It’s versatile. It works with just about any kind of camera from a webcam or cameraphone up to a professional DSLR.
• It’s modular and can be set up and torn down quickly and easily if you want to use it at an event.
One of the great many announcements of CES 2011 was Lexar’s new pair of Class 10 SDXC memory cards, one sized at 64GB and the other touting a spectacular 128GB capacity. The two performance — minimum transfer speeds of 20MBps — and storage enhancers for DSLRs and camcorders have now started shipping, asking for a measly $200 and $330, respectively. Those are steep price hills to climb, to be sure, but they’re peanuts compared to the initial $400 and $700 MSRPs that Lexar was touting back in January. And hey, that Professional label adorning the new cards isn’t there accidentally either, Lexar’s offering a limited lifetime warranty with each storage cell. Full press release and locations where you can buy the new SDXC lovelies await after the break.
Gallery: Smithsonian Wild caught on camera
Planning on dropping $1200 for one of those gorgeous Fujifilm FinePix X100 cameras? Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your hands on the 12.3 megapixel fixed-lens beauty as early as anticipated. Turns out Fujifilm sold more on pre-order than expected and despite ramping up production, the retro shooters won’t be available to US customers until the end of March or early April — just a few more weeks, guys. Feel free to watch our hands-on video to occupy yourself whilst you wait.