Have you ever seen the movie The Secret Life of Pets? The plot is pretty much spelled out in the title, but the premise is this: Pets, when left to their own devices, lead very different lives than their owners think. They have different identities, different interests, and get into all sorts of dramatic situations. The movie is basically Toy Story, but with cats and dogs instead of toys. Like any pet owner does, I too have pondered on what sort of secret life my own pets have. Do they go ballistic the moment I turn the lock? Do they secretly cuddle all day, only to shun each other the moment I step foot through the front door? I had no idea what they did all day while I'm gone at work, but I was nosy enough to want to figure it out.
My camera is always on the go, so I need a strap to keep my it safe. Here are some of my favorite do-it yourself camera straps. These DIYs are simple, unique, and most importantly, durable. Before you go out and buy one, check out this roundup of 12 camera strap tutorials.
Along with tin robots, I have a vintage camera collection (or had--I've given many of them away to people who love them even more). I would have never, ever in a million years thought it was possible to turn them into nightlights, though. I mean, how brilliant is that??
Last week I posted 6 ways to use your digital camera for DIY, however, if you include the GREAT TIPS in the comments section of the post, it was more like 12 ways. With such a wonderful response, I thought I'd add a few more ways I use my digi for DIY.
1. You can get some wonderful design ideas from public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and, yes, even bars, where proprietors are used to camera flashes. (I'm often inspired by their...
Anecdote: When MWT and I first started dating, I assisted him in changing the brakes on one of his old beaters. I've forgotten which one. It could have been 'Herb', the 1964 Chevelle handed down from his grandfather, or the '76 Nova that he bought from his family's barber, or the rusty/orange GMC 10 pickup of an unknown year affectionately referred to as 'The Unit'. Whichever it was, when the tire was off and the parts were scattered across the garage floor, we realized we didn't pay close enough attention to how we dismantled the thing. We were in quite the pickle. We decided the only way were were going to get the job done was to disassemble the opposite tire/brakes, keeping track step by step how it came apart so we could put BOTH right again. It would have been the perfect opportunity to employ a Polaroid to shoot the dismantling process. Nowadays, of course, if we find ourselves facing a similar predicament, we whip out the old digital point and shoot.
There are other ways a digital camera can come in handy for the diy-er. Here are six tips from DIY Life that you might want to keep in mind when starting your next project:
- Use it as a reference tool. (As exhibited above.)
- Use it as a replacement part stand-in. This way you can take the pic to your local hardware store to show the folks there just what you're looking for.
- Use it as a periscope. Your hand + camera can get into tight spaces your head can't reach!
- Use it as a flashlight. If you hold down the trigger half way, the autofocus infrared signal will engage, providing you with light in emergency situations.
- Use it as a magnifying glass. The zoom function can get closer than you can.
- Use it as a label maker. Take a picture of stored items that you put in boxes and then adhere the pics to the boxes for quick and clever reference.
Did DIY Life miss a tip? If you have one to add, please post in the comments below!
The very best DIY projects feature photos of the making process...but what if the step requires two hands? Where's the tripod supposed to go. In your head?
Yes, actually. This instructable offers a design that helps your audience see what you see.A "tripod" that rests in your teeth.
Of course, this only works with the lightest of camera, but still, cool, right?
I find these handmade camera cases by Hine to be endlessly inspirational and utterly adorable. Created with felt, buttons, and handstitching, they work just as well as art as an actual camera case. Simply lovely.
Check out Hine's handmade stop motion video about the process below. Via.
Urban Outfitters SuperHeadz Plamodel DIY 35mm Camera ($28) would be a great way to see just how a camera works. Much like a model car kit, the camera comes in parts that you separate and then snap together, but unlike the scaled-down versions of cars, this kit produces a working camera--albeit without a flash. The kit includes a vinyl bag, wrist strap and screw driver. No batteries are required for opperation and it takes good old 35mm film.
Don’t you just LOVE Photojojo? No? Well, you will after this completely excellent tutorial showing us how to make our very own 3D cameras, using 2 disposable cameras and a bit of duct tape. Again, with many of jojo’s tuts, a bit of additional learnin’ is included, which makes them especially good for us!
The wealth of online stitching software should inspire any digital camera owner into creating their own panoramic photos. To ensure that these turn out as best they can, a specialty panoramic tripod head does the trick. But don't rush to the photoshop to get one for hundreds of dollars...instead, head to the hardware store with a Hamilton.
That black and yellow Nikon strap that my wife insists must stay attached to our DSLR is the most uninspiring, and perhaps downright embarassing, photo ecoutrement I can imagine.
- Fabric of your choice
- Some paper
- A pen
- Sewing machine and thread
Simply use your old strap to make a pattern, cut and sew, and slip your old strap in...
Knowing is half the battle...and not paying for it is the other half. Be sure to peep thess FREE e-books on one of Curbly's fave media, photography. These ain't no one page folded booklet pdfs, these are BOOKS, and they're FREE, and they're GOOD.
4. The Image-Space Tips and Tricks collection by Joe Barrett
"Pinhole cameras use a tiny hole instead of a lens to cast an often unpredictable image onto film. They're relatively simple to build, which makes them ideal DIY projects. To help you out, stock photo agency Corbis has commissioned a series of fanciful pinhole camera designs. Each camera comes as a pdf download that includes instructions to turn a simple sheet of paper into a real camera."
- Cereal box or other lightweight...
Tripods can shoot just about every angle but one: straight down. Its very design demands that the legs will get in the way. Attaching the tripod to the ceiling or the camera to a boom stand is an option, but the thought of dangling a camera in such a way is frightening. Plus, if you’d like to use the camera for animation, keeping the camera still is essential. Professional camera stands are great, but are quite expensive.
So, here goes: A DIY...
Photo labs have boxes of disposable cameras, waiting to be recycled. If you ask nicely, and they'll share them by the dozens. Check out the ideas below for some clever and amazing projects for the sake of art and recycling.
- Create a Ring Flash: This Instructable shows you how to make a DIY ring flash from six disposable camera flashes and a couple metal bowls. The project requires a bit of electronics knowledge, but the results look awesome. ...
Hey, sometimes it happens. You forget your camera or camcorder at home and you just need to capture something on film, so you find the nearest drug store and spend way too much money on a single-use camera, which you really don’t want to do because it’s a one use camera and you have a perfectly good–really good, actually–camera at home that you researched endlessly on the internet and spent a bundle on! Well, here’s a couple of hacks which will...
You're about to complete the ultimate Curbly How-To DIY post, and you think, "Man! Wouldn't it be sweet if I could hang my camera from the ceiling, and take a photo of me actually working on it?!"
Or, you're planning to scale Mt. Rainier, and you know you'll want a photo of you and your backpacking buddies, but there's no way you're gonna lug a tripod in your pack for 14,410 feet.
Or, if you're not totally allergic to all things furry...