Photography is the next big thing.  It’s no longer obscure, and it’s certainly not just for the pros. With instragram, iPhones and other technological advances, photography is becoming more accessible to everyone.  Camera’s are becoming cheaper with better quality. 
Now, the downfall here, is the fact that everyone can do photography.  So you have to find a way to stand out.  A way to say: "Yeah, but I’m a real photography guru, or stud, or mastermind." This instructable is here to give you that street cred you need to stand apart from the masses.

Typical paths to this sort of credibility as a photographer include: putting yourself dangerously close to a wild animal to get that clutch shot, leaning precariously out of the window while driving to take a picture of that guy on a tractor working into the sunset, traveling to far away places to find the best of the best to photograph, spending hours on photoshop altering one image to make it look surreal, happening to be in the right moment at the right time.... not quite so  easy right?

But what if I told you... I have something that takes a little more innovation, but less traveling and danger. It involves dancing around and jamming in the dark to your favorite tune, blasting it as loud as possible in the name of science, and a cool photo.  That sounds feasible right?

The end result: 1 really wicked photo you can put on your wall that you can say: “Yeah I’m a photographer, and dabble in the sciences.”

It’s modern, it’s edgy, it’s chic, it involves recycling/reusing an old product so it’s green, it’s about breaking the rules by breaking things, it’s the perfect wall picture that is so good it’s almost unbelievable (science does that...) it’s about experimentation and having fun, it's....


Step 1: Materials

Before I begin here are the materials you need:

                       1. Large speaker cone
                       2. Black latex balloon 
                       3. Camera (preferably DSLR)
                       4. Dark room
                       5. Patience (Folks.... this is really key so practice counting to 10 now :) )
                       6. Syringes (not necessary but makes life about 10x easier, and who doesn't want that?)
                       7. Acrylic Paint (this is the cheapest stuff but any type of paint can work)
                       8. Cloth to soak up the paint (We're aiming for fun....not hours of cleanup)
                       9. Background of a solid color (Be that a poster board or wall or fabric)
                      10. Remote switch for camera (optional)
                      11. Tripod (or anything that will hold the camera steady)
                      12. Macro lens (optional)

Okay, some of this stuff sounds pretty "high techy" BUT don't fear please!  This instructable is meant to be accessible to anyone (from the basic casual person with a few hours and a camera, to an avid photographer!)  You really don't need anything more than a regular camera with a flash.  But the "flashier" (get it?) gear you have, the less patience you need. In other words, if you have a tripod, a remote switch, a macro lens, etc. you won't need to take as many pictures or do as many trials to hit the jackpot.  More money = less patience needed. The additional equipment buys you less time spent experimenting, or pulling your hair out, and gives you a better quality picture in less time.  If you are tech savvy or a future avid photographer then the next step applies to you!
Overall good instructable but one suggestion I can give is instead of using paint, use cornstarch mixed with water and add food coloring into it. There are videos around that show the effects of these placed on top of speakers. :)
Yep, saw that on Big Bang Theory, was thinking the same and then saw your post. Might be a little easier on the clean-up, too.
Yeah, there have been a few comments suggesting the use of cornstarch and water. Although it would certainly make less of a mess, I don't think you would get as cool of shots. The starch and water mixtures tends to stick together, so you wouldn't get any of the splatter (away from the central splatter) which I think adds a lot to the photos. Nonetheless, I think that either material will lend itself to some unique photos.
True true, I guess either will give different effects. :)
<strong>Nice ideas on colored mediums. Congrats to the author.&nbsp; :)</strong><br> <br> Perhaps corn starch, lots of extra water, and <em>soap to lessen the viscosity</em>?<br> Corn starch mixes would not be wasted in cleanup at our home, we'd put the goo in the compost pile and help the microbes along!
Couldn't you take motion pictures and then edit those to get the best pics? Or is that too, um, hairy?
Excellent! Be sure to offer their kids and readers to make a similar setup.
Congratulations on being a finalist in the DIY Audio Contest!! Good luck to you!
Something else you can try it worked for me in getting shots of Lightning Bolts that is if you have a Movie setting that way you miss nothing and taking the movie and running it frame by frame you can pick out what you want. May be worth a try. How about Black lite Paints under a black lite? Talk about going Goth!!! Digital has it all we can experiment an it don't cost us an arm and a leg. I took classes in collage this was a bit on the expensive side besides having to have the black room equipment .
To get even cooler, use your camera in continuous shooting mode and synch it to a home-made strobe made with either a L555 timer or an Arduino (or other microprocessor). Set the strobe rate to eqaul the frames/sec, click and shoot!
Yeah, that's what I was talking to furthuron about continuous shooting below. Continuous shooting could be a great way of doing this and especially because so many cameras are enabled with it (not just DSLR's). If using a 555 timer and a microprocessor to activate the camera and flash worked, you probably could get a lot more quality photos with less experimentation.
Great! I should try that.
use a sound generator for constant generic sounds, square wave sine waves sawtooth waves Jimmie hendrix wave of amber grain.....
@Geni-us; Hi! Nice! I've sent this to a frirnd who records sounds from around the world for soundscapes in virtual worlds; also tweeted. Might you also video the paint in motion in one of your next sound sculptures - would be fun to see the motion live. Cheers! Site : )
This is great... just the kind of thing to do with kids on a cold and miserable day. <br>Thanks!
love the ible, looks like a lot of fun. it reminds me of the blue man group, haha. i have taken some photo classes, 1 in HS and one in college as elective credits. i love it but still dont know a great deal. have been really wanting to get back into it. would this work with the sequence shot on cameras better? i have a 35 mm or is it 50??? hmm. i know, i said i dont know a whole lot. i normally just use digi cam or camera phone, but want to bust out the old camera, it is actually really nice, and try to start using it. so bakc to the shot after shot in a row thing. how do you think that would work? start it just before you press music button so there wouldnt be lag just maybe a shot or two before music started playing?
Thank you! Yeah, photography is a really fun hobby to get into, especially the more equipment you get. You will definitly get better shots you nice older camera, rather then just your point and shoot or phone camera (both of which would still work). As for shot after shot in a row, I think the technical term is continuous shooting, would work great. I hadn't actually thought of using that mode on my camera, but considering it is a mode that not only DSLR's have but also point and shoots, it could make the process much easier. Let me know if you end up experimenting with continuous shooting, I'm curious how well it works.
Voted!! <br> <br>How messy does it get with the paint around? Does it jump too far away to the walls? <br>:D
Thanks! It doesn't get very messy if you use just a few drops of paint, the paint mainly stays on the balloon. However, if you use a lot of paint (like in the photo on the last step), it can get really messy but still paint doesn't jump farther than a foot around the speaker.
Wonderful! And much easer than shooting drops impacting on a pool of milk and such (and then syncing the camera to the moment of impact :-s). Fav'd and voted! <br> <br>Y.
Wicked shots! i have an idea for the trigger: splice a push button switch (the kind you have to hold down) into the speaker wire, that way you can have your music running, then be able to play it for just a second while you take your shot. just a thought, and again, love the shots
also, maybe trying this with some bassnectar for the music could cause some CRAZY pictures!!
Overall good instructable but one suggestion I can give is instead of using paint, use cornstarch mixed with water and add food coloring into it. There are videos around that show the effects of these placed on top of speakers. :)
These are so nice.<br> I was flicking through and they got better and better; I really like the way in photo 6 &nbsp;the paint has mixed into stripes.<br> Splendid.

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