Shoot (almost) at Your Camera


Introduction: Shoot (almost) at Your Camera

About two years ago I shot a stray arrow and ended up hitting my (thankfully cheaper) camera. Recently I discovered this trick which will give the illusion of shooting at your camera while protecting your money.

Step 1: Set Up.... Then TAKE PICTURES

The set up is fairly simple. All you need is a mirror, a camera with decent zoom, and whatever dangerous object you intend to use (a bow in my case). You will need a marker so you can focus your camera correctly, I found wood to be helpful, then you set up your camera so you can only see the wood, not the edges of the mirror. Next you take a couple of timed photos letting you time to walk over to the wood and see if you need to adjust the camera up or down or manual focus it some more. Once you have completed that step, you are set to turn your camera on self timer, and walk over to your determined placement. Finally, enjoy showing your friends and having them freak out about the expensive mistake you could have made :).



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    I use an old tripod to mark my spot for focusing.
    I just extend it up as high as I am tall and put a ball cap on it. =)
    But actually, your camera doesn't have to be much more than arms length away from you. As long as it is out of the shot.

    I use an old tripod to mark my spot for focusing.
    I just extend it up as high as I am tall and put a ball cap on it. =)


    Nice trick, this can also be used for cameras vs vehicles: E.g. fixed camera in a pit pointing up at a 45' mirror, then the camera doesn't get run over by the car, but can see down the road at "floor level". Also out of train/vehicle windows etc -- any "wipeout" is of a replaceable mirror, not the camera.

    Mythbusters used this in their opening titles, the "don't try this at home" bit, throwing a big ball bearing/small cannon ball AT the camera ... only for the view to shatter (it was a mirror view!)

    So instead of running the risk of breaking your camera you are in danger of getting seven years bad luck, LOL.
    Nice instructable. It should be noted that you need a camera with a fairly long focal length if you want to make sure that your camera is well out of the firing line.

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    If you shield the camera with an adequate object (for archery some wood board will do) you can get it much closer.

    the fix I found to that is to just move closer with both the camera and yourself. Thanks for the feedback

    Very cool trick!

    This set-up creates a great effect. Nice work!

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