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6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

by DIY Maven

6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

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...

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6 Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/07/09

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

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DIY 35mm Camera

by DIY Maven

DIY 35mm Camera

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.

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How To: Make a Crafty Camera Strap.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Crafty Camera Strap.

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.

Now THIS, on the other hand, makes me want to shoot the entire world.

Materials

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Some paper
  • A pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread

Simply use your old strap to make a pattern, cut and sew, and slip your old strap in...

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8 Free Photography eBooks

by Chris Gardner

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.

1. Tinker Tubes - Personal Lighting Systems by Dean Collins

2. Lighting 101 by David Hobby

3. JPG Magazine by 8020 Publishing

4. The Image-Space Tips and Tricks collection by Joe Barrett

5. Wedding...

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Print Your Own Free Pinhole Cameras.

by Chris Gardner

"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."

Print Your Own Free Pinhole Cameras.

Materials

  • Cereal box or other lightweight...

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How to Make a DIY Camera Stand

by Chris Gardner

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.

How to Make a DIY Camera Stand

So, here goes: A DIY...

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Awesome DIY Projects from Recycled Disposable Cameras.

by Chris Gardner

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.
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How to Turn Disposable Cameras into Permanent Ones

by DIY Maven

How to Turn Disposable Cameras into Permanent Ones

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...

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Gots to Getcha a GorillaPod.

by Chris Gardner

Imagine this: 

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...

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