After reading about high speed photography in a magazine I was inspired to dig through my closet and see what I could come up with. I used a home made make-screen to trigger the flash while my digital camera was waiting with the shutter wide open.
It looks like I just stuck the screwdriver into the carpet, but I dropped it onto the makescreen. The second picture is of an airsoft pellet going through the makescreen.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
aluminum foil (Thinner the better)
airsoft gun (at least thats what I used)
The great thing about this project is the low costs involved. I went to a photo finishing place and asked if they would give me the leftovers and they happily gave me three.
I wanted the thinest aluminum foil available, so I picked up the foil and the wax paper at the dollar store.
Step 2: Carefully Disassemble the Camera
Once you get the back off, take the battery out.
WARNING: THE CAPACITOR IS STILL CHARGED UP AT THIS TIME, YOU MUST SHORT IT TO BE SAFE.
carefully pry out the film holder assembly. the flash circuit will come out with it.
Use an insulated screwdriver to short the capacitor by touching both leads with the blade of the tool. You know it worked when it sparks and pops at you. do it until it stops sparking. IF YOU DON'T DO THIS YOU RUN THE RISKS OF GETTING SHOCKED BY OVER 300 VOLTS.