Take a Photo, Get a patch! (my new monthly give away)

Some of you may have noticed that I stopped doing my famous 'Desktops of [current month]' Forum topics. 

These few days of past, I may have bought myself three cameras, so it prompted me to think.
Thus I bring you my new monthly forum topic, which I hope more people can get involved with than the Desktop wallpaper topics.

Essentially, every month I am going to post a topic with a distinct theme. The task then is for you guys to go out and take a picture along that theme, and post it as a comment.

This months theme is an introductory one - 

Camera Self Portrait

Go and take a picture of your camera using your camera.

Make the most of reflective surfaces, and interesting techniques. If you own more than one camera I want you to use your favourite, because this is the first topic, think of it as a 'hello, meet my camera'.

You do not have to be in the photo, so you can still take part if your conscious of putting your picture on the webz.

Remember, the best camera is the one you have with you. I know that one of you could easily take an amazing picture with your phone, while someone with a nice Canon 7D could struggle to find a nice shot. 

Every person who posts gets a patch! 

Here is a picture of me with my Canon just after I had got my 50mm prime lens!

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=SMART=7 years ago
My trusty Samsung NV10,
Beautiful black design with electric blue elements. Takes great photos, does macro really well too, I use it for all my instructables.

Its about 4 years old now, might get a micro4thirds soon.
I bought it in France on a trip with my dad, he left my older cybershot camera on a table and it got stolen, he claims it wasn't his fault.

yea and i'm flying in the picture :)
Photo 71.jpg

I reccomend the Pentax Q for a small, mirrorless camera. I love mine and use it more than my dslr.

gmjhowe (author)  =SMART=7 years ago
 Truth - I was expecting something a bit more creative from you!
=SMART= gmjhowe7 years ago
haha i was going to set up a load of mirrors but the only ones i could find are very securely fastened to the wall, and im supposed to be revising XD
gmjhowe (author)  =SMART=7 years ago
 I will let you off, only because of the revising. I do like that camera, I nearly bought one, but then I got my nice Canon instead!
Ike375 years ago
Vyger5 years ago
This shot may not be big enough here to show a lot of detail but you can go to the instructable and see it giant size. (click on the picture and specify Original size)

mstrfxit Vyger5 years ago
I really like the way you think out side the Box , great job
Hi all. My first post to the site.. and here's my picture of my camera taking picture of my camera.

Feed-back effect via Canon's live-feed software. I'm holding a mirror in front of the camera and removes it. Utilizing the delay transferring the live feed via USB I'm able to give it a bit of video feedback before taking the shot.
nobody uses Pentax?
sunshiine6 years ago
Don't know if this is still open but here is one of me I took of myself at an airport. I think it was Dallas but I don't remember.
all pictures 550.jpg
munky427 years ago
Im really late for the contest but im still gonna add it haha
CrLz7 years ago
Here's a strange image taken of me and reconstructed with (most of) my face removed.

Let me explain...

I work as a MRI researcher. This image is a 3D reconstruction of my head from a structural scan. The MR-image data details the entire volume of my head, not just an outside surface projection.

It is becoming standard to "strip" the facial region data thus preserving anonymity of human subjects. An automated computer program would be the best to perform this. However, it is non-trivial to automate this without loosing parts of the brain (the object we are studying).

So this was a test of the BET tool. In this case, my mouth was not removed, a potential problem.  Looks like I needed to shave also.

Thought this would be an interesting tangent to gmjhowe's original request.  I find it immensely enjoyable knowing what the back of my eyeballs look like, something I suspect few can attest to!
Fieldownage7 years ago
 I know I'm late for the contest as well but I thought I'd post mine anyways.
18-55mm & Canon 550D.jpg
scoochmaroo7 years ago
It's my camera reflected in my mixer bowl while making Twinkies!
(even though I know it's too late for the April contest - I just thought it was a neat idea and wanted to get in on it)
mark06667 years ago

My Canon EOS450D + Sigma EX 10-20mm + hotel room's bathroom mirror.
Looks like you put your eye in a magnifying glass.
NerdSquad7 years ago
 How is this Casio Exilim 'doin? (EX-Z600)

dpcosta7 years ago
here's me with my old trusty canon 10d and helios (zenith) lens (m42 adapters FTW!)
gave me a chance to try out my new homemade soft "globe" i hope to get more involved in this forum topic!

fujifilm finepix s1500,  ISO 800, 1/75 second exposure, f-stop 2.8
Nice nuts! (climber joke for anyone that didn't understand)
ndinitz Jayefuu7 years ago
I second the motion but a better pun would have been to comment on the cams...
This is my mums Nikon Coolpix L100.
The picture didn;t turn out as good as I hoped, But eh. Here are two with the light in different positions. Maybe I should have put the camera closer to one of the mirrors?

Mirrors are sucky. I cleaned these, but they still hated me.
gmjhowe (author)  thermoelectric7 years ago
 Ssshhh, don't tell anyone, but I like yours the best so far.
daniel20087 years ago
 My wonderful Canon SX1 IS!
Out of all the photos i saw in the comments section none had any form of nature in them (with the exception of the one taken in Tokyo) and so I felt that I had to bridge the gap between nature and technology.
I have owned a S1 IS which still takes pictures almost as good as my new SX1.
My favorite features about the SX1 is the full 1080p HD video and the 580mm/20X zoom.
This picture is from an instructable i made a while back on photography. Follow the link to see the instuctable with many more of my photos: www.instructables.com/id/Photography-the-guide-to-great-photos/
Jayefuu7 years ago
My Samsung PL60
rokclmb7 years ago
At Ebisu in Tokyo, Japan
Please Note:
It's not finished! Sound loops etc.
CowGuy7 years ago
Was playing around with ideas and this is really the only reflective thing I could get my camera to capture itself in besides a mirror

JoeMurphy7 years ago
Gf1 ipad goodness
csong.live7 years ago
Strange how my picture didn't come out.  Well, here it is.
csong.live7 years ago
My trusty Sony DCR-SX40 Camcorder taking a picture of the faucet.  You see the camera, right?
lemonie7 years ago
There you go.

Yes it's the centre of a speaker cone - well observed.

gmjhowe (author)  lemonie7 years ago
 haha, sweet, that is that? 
lemonie gmjhowe7 years ago
What is that? No ideas?
(Thanks for the patch)

 Is it the peephole at your front door?
xJoey Dubsx7 years ago
My and my Canon Rebel XSI with my reflection in the lense.
Ninzerbean7 years ago
Smaridge017 years ago
This is a cool-fun idea. Thanks.

Here I is on one of my walkabout photo safaris... early in the morning, snapping the graffiti on a window... with ye olde Yoga Loft across the street behind me. Love my Nikon D80 and all the thousands of fun photos it affords me!

Instuctables doesn't allow custom flash files in custom html?  Anyway, here's a link to the pictures so far.  I'll add more effects later.

gmjhowe (author)  Awesome-aniac7 years ago
 Nice, let me know when you have added the extra effects, I will make a youtube video with some crazy electro music and embed it in next months topic.
slu6alka7 years ago
This is my Canon Power Shot A580 and DVD disk reflection.
gmjhowe (author)  slu6alka7 years ago
 Haha, using the best reflective surface to hand eh?
yup :)
kcls slu6alka7 years ago
Hey, yours is the PowerShot A580, and mine is the A540! We are only 40 apart! I wonder what the difference between the cameras are. Nice pic, btw.
slu6alka kcls7 years ago
Guard130077 years ago
 Like me, my Nikon Coolpix L10 is shy about having her picture taken... So I had to blur it at her request. ^^ (bldncrmsnintn should win, that image is awesome!)
I have a Sony DSC-W230-bday present
my fav. cam and tripod :)
not my first camera but my favoriate. (due to being free and ausome macro)
mine is also a sony cyber shot DSC-W55.
Zem7 years ago
 I don't own a camera yet... But this is my Samsung Rant with a camera.

gmjhowe (author)  Zem7 years ago
 'The best camera is the one you have with you' - A phone camera is more than suitable.
Zem gmjhowe7 years ago
 =D Thanks for the patch!
Kazarelth7 years ago
 Funnily enough my earlier comment didn't show up. Anyway here is me and my Canon EOS 1000D in all her glory!
gmjhowe (author)  Kazarelth7 years ago
 That would make us camera twins then!
 Haha! Awesome! However, I'm still learning the ropes of the dSLR - which after the A430 + CHDK is waaaaay faster and better. Thanks for the patch! :)
My LG camera phone is always in my pocket.
gmjhowe (author)  sheepishlion7 years ago
 Nice, I like the Instructables sticker.
My Canon 30D and I reflected in the headlight of an antique car. I probably have a dozen cameras counting toys antiques and WebCams but I use my 30D more than all the others combined. .
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gmjhowe (author)  DigitalDaveG7 years ago
 Nice, thats a good reflection shot. I use my dSLR the most, I have recently bought myself a nice Lomo Lubitel, so looking forward to playing with that also.
Here are two I took a couple years back when I first got my Pentax K100. I love that camera to death. It has taken me to the greatest places, from underneath a football field sized chunk of bridge being slid into place, to high power model rocket launches, to the tops of the Sierras.

Also, I am new to this whole monthly patch thing. What is the deal with the patches?
gmjhowe (author)  Lentamentalisk7 years ago
 On the site we have virtual 'patches' that we give out. Its one of the perks of being pro, pro members get a set number of patches to give out to friends.

However, we also do have various forum topics where we give out loads of patches to who ever comments, or even patches for mini contests like this.
bertus52x117 years ago
nokiN  08D.
One hand and shutter speed 1/3.
Vote for me in the "Health by Design" Contest!
bauble7 years ago
This is my Canon Ixus 70 that is about three years old. When I was practising making 3D models in Blender I made this 3D model of my camera. It's not finished though. I couldn't get the text part of Blender to work to add the writing on the front.
canon ixus 70.jpg
gmjhowe (author)  bauble7 years ago
 An interesting method, not quite a photo, but you get a patch anywho.
bauble gmjhowe7 years ago
Thanks. I'll see if I can stick to the rules next month!
Xankahr7 years ago
 i tried to be, a bit artsy..i think i failed at that
instructables contest 1.jpg
gmjhowe (author)  Xankahr7 years ago
 It looks good enough to get a patch!
Xankahr gmjhowe7 years ago
 thanks ^^
bounty10127 years ago
Here's a picture of me and my PowerShot A1000LS
gmjhowe (author)  bounty10127 years ago
CameronSS7 years ago
Just this morning I was polishing the aluminum spinner of a Cessna 421C, it would have been perfect...I really should check the forums more often.
gmjhowe (author)  CameronSS7 years ago
 Haha, that would have been great. Well at least you know to keep an eye out for the contest every month.
noahh7 years ago
Alas, I can neither afford film or proccesing for my favorite camera. :(
gmjhowe (author)  noahh7 years ago
 You thought about doing it yourself at home? you can get these kits that allows you to develop your negatives, then you can scan them in!

Personally, I pay for my film to be developed only, then scan the films.
noahh gmjhowe7 years ago

That's a good idea, are there any tricks to scanning negatives?

gmjhowe (author)  noahh7 years ago
 I use my work scanner, its a normal flat bed, most modern scanners can be bought with a little light box in the lid, which shines light through the negatives.

Another option if you have a standard scanner, is to attach a strong very even light source ontop and scan as usual.
gmjhowe (author)  gmjhowe7 years ago
 PS I am actually planning an making an add on for my DSLR Camera that will allow me to photography negatives.
noahh gmjhowe7 years ago
Cool, thanks for the help.
Oh come on!

Just the day after my camera broke :(
gmjhowe (author)  MichelMoermans7 years ago
 awwww Sorry dude. My most sincere condolences for your loss.

You planning to buy a new one? or are you doomed to forever be camera less?
I'm planning on buying a new mid range camera. That's has a good price/quality ratio.

I don't know which one yet some further investigation needs to be done (I never go out and buy something without first checking prices and reviews ;) )

Any suggestions you might have are most welcome :)

For now however I'm stuck with my phone  camera for my instructables. But it takes descent pictures so not to worry ;)
gmjhowe (author)  MichelMoermans7 years ago
 Well, I would always recommend canon, but the Nikon that Thermoelectric is showing off in these comments is a pretty nice option.
kcls7 years ago
My 4 year old Canon PowerShot A540. A very trusty camera I must say. I dont know how many times I've dropped it, and yet it still works! It isn't even shockproof! Behind me is also a prime view of our living space. You've got the living room/dining room, galley, and 1 of two bedrooms. Can you find instructables robot?
gmjhowe (author)  kcls7 years ago
Haha nice, I have a compact digital a bit like that, chucked on concrete and all sorts, even dropped it in water once (thankfully it was off at the time, which I think saved).
kcls gmjhowe7 years ago
Great! Thanks for my first patch!
gmjhowe (author)  kcls7 years ago
 You are more than welcome!
kcls gmjhowe7 years ago
How about a hint of next month's contest? Hmm? Hmmm?
kcls kcls7 years ago
And yes, I know.
It's a really bad picture.
Usually it does better then that.
Bad camera. Bad camera!
tacoman14237 years ago
 Here's a photo of my Canon XTi/400D taking a photo of it and on my laptop.  1/5" f/8 18mm.
gmjhowe (author)  tacoman14237 years ago
 Nice, I like that it appears to be peaking around the edge of the photo.
Kodak Easy Share foo
gmjhowe (author)  schoonovermr7 years ago
 Red, Nice!
Here's a really cool photo, I didn't want the plain boring type and now I'm considering making a instructable on how to do this effect, (no photoshop required).
Kiteman7 years ago
This is a picture of my mother-in-law's Fuji Finepix F31fd showing a picture of my Finepix S8100fd.

It (the S8100) is the camera I use for all my Instructables, since switching from an old Dimage Z1.

gmjhowe (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
 Nice, I like your use of the other camera, in order to take a picture of your camera, with your camera. Very round the way to get a reflection!
Kiteman gmjhowe7 years ago
Thanks for the patch - nice design!
gmjhowe (author)  Kiteman7 years ago
 Your welcome, and thanks! I wanted something photographic related but that was easy to make on a profile page, as well as being able to add in the month.
Kiteman Kiteman7 years ago
(The limp on the bottom of my camera is actually a plate I acquired a few days ago for fitting the camera onto my spotting scope's tripod.)