Digital SLR? Answered

1. Why is the use of a mechanical mirror that has to flip out of the way still revered in Photography circles? 2. Why do Digital Cameras still use a mechanical shutter? I have what they call a bridge camera that uses a small LCD viewer (as well as a large colour LCD screen) and as far as I can tell uses an electronic shutter.  It seems to work well and is reliable.

Question by rickharris 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


SLR Lens Bracelets

Bracelets made out of old SLR lenses obscenely expensive, but easy enough to make yourselfhttp://www.oyemodern.com/index.php?page=2&_a=viewCat&catId;=36i made 6 bracelets out of one $10 lens i picked up on eBay.

Topic by Robb 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Suggest A New Life to Give an Old Digital SLR ?

Can anyone think of some hacks I can do with an old Canon 10D SLR digital camera? It's been siting there in the closet for the last 2 years... I like to put some use to it.

Topic by mzungu 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I convert a 35mm SLR camera body into a digital camera?

I have an old 35mm SLR camera and an old digital camera.  I'd like to marry the digital camera to the SLR and take advantage of the better lens.  Is that possible?

Question by Toxictom 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I convert my 35mm Film SLR Camera to a Digital SLR camera? Answered

I Have an old SLR camera in excellant condition. It requires 35mm film. I want to convert in into a Digital camera. How Can I do that? Can I use sort of CMOS sensor at the place of film? Please help me!

Question by sarveshk 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Help! Questions about virbration absorbtion for SLR bicycle mount

Hey Guys!Firstly I just stumbled upon this site while searching for answers to my build and on 1st glance it looks great! Loads of cool stuff to try..Anyway, I'm looking at building myself a camera mount for my Canon 350D to go on the front of my bike. My main issue/worry is vibration running through the bike and the mount to the camera and damaging it. I've seen loads of instructions on how to make bike mounts on here, but am still worried about the damage that could be done to my camera (my pride and joy!) if I undertake my project without dampening any vibrations from the road.I'm going to be doing timelapse/stills photos from the front of my bike around London (not the smoothest of roads!) so want to be sure I won't be damaging my camera doing it. The front of my bike has decent suspension so should take the hit of the bigger bumps but it's the smaller, higher frequency vibrations that worry me.I've searched as well as I can at 2am but can't find any of the instructions covering the topic of vibration, so I was wondering if there are any mounts or heads out there that are designed for this purpose or if anyone has built something similar with success (or lack of camera damage anyway!)As I'm doing stills work I don't mind about it being slightly 'wobbly' it's more the vibrations that worry me.I've found websites selling anti vibration materials (http://www.farrat.com/anti_vibration_materials.html) so I wonder if that could be incorporated into a more general design.Thanks in advance for any tips or links! And sorry if this has already been covered but I've not found it!Ian.

Topic by flying_giraffe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone still use 35MM film?

Does anyone still use 35mm film, or is it dead? I find shooting with film is enjoyable. I was out today photographing what insects i could find with my 35MM SLRs. I used both a Minolta MAXXUM SPxi and a Canon EOS Rebel G, both with 80MM lenses. Used 400 speed film. Coencidentaly, while looking through a local bookstore today, i found a copy of "pocket guide to 35MM photography" By kodak for 50 cents.

Topic by ScubaSteve 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can I fit a film SLR lens on a DSLR camera?

I have many old 35mm film cameras with some really nice telephoto and zoom lens. Can any be fitted on to Digital cameras? Is there a crossover guide any where on the web.?

Question by HVTXX 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I attach a SLR lens (35mm) to a point and shoot?

Warning: not scared of breaking open things.

Question by shadowpwner 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Either my lens or mirror on my SLR had scratches on it. How can I "fix" pictures in Photoshop?

I'd like to keep the quality high so I can make poster-sized prints.

Question by PiecesBoss 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Lomography Konstructor - World's First 35mm DIY SLR

Analogue photographers rejoice! Today, Lomography is proud to announce the world's first 35mm do-it-yourself SLR camera, the Konstructor. Demystify the inner workings of a SLR camera by building the Konstructor yourself. Assembly takes about an hour, and can be customized with fun stickers after to personalize your new camera. Not just a simple kit, the Konstructor boasts different shooting modes, a tripod, and an uncoupled shutter release to easily produce multiple exposures. The Konstruktor produces wonderfully sharp and vibrant photos which capture the joyful essence of photography. "Through the fantastically fun process of assembling this beautiful machine, you’ll learn the essence of photography and be able to shoot wonderfully sharp and vibrant analogue photos. It’s time to take the next step on your exciting photographic adventure and boost your creativity to the max." TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 35mm (135) Film Detachable 50mm f/10 Lens Shutter Speed: 1/80s with multiple exposures Focus Distance: 0.5m – Infinity Dimensions: 121 × 33 × 65mm Ready to get your own and start building? Head over to Lomography!

Topic by lomography 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I HAVE A CANON 50D SLR CAMERA.WANT TO USE MY CAMERA TO CATCH THE MOVEMENT OF WILD LIFE OBJECT AUTOMATICALLY TRACK MOTION

I am a wild life photographer.i want to trigger my digital slr camera(canon 50d) through pir motion sensor.when any subject will move within the range my camera will sense the motion and take the photo automaticaly.but how will it be possible?how will i attach the pir sensor with my camera?please help.give me the total detail to make this in my home.with this sensor can i controll external flash from my camera?

Question by joydip.maiti 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What is the best way to photograph lightning storms using an EOS400D SLR?

I want to get some good lightning shots but cant seem to get camera setting right?

Question by mrwriter 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to repair a small metal joint? Polaroid SLR 680 camera.

I recently bought a £200 polaroid camera off e-bay for only £20. It was sold cheap due to a break on a hinge. I knew it was something I could fix, or that the camera might work with anyway. I am asking if anyone has any better suggestions for fixing this joint? So far my best plan is to cut out a small metal bridge, and attach it using epoxy resin. I have attached 3 pictures, an overall shot, a close up, and a comparison shot to the other side which is in one piece. They are all high res, so you can click on the images and view them larger for more detail.

Question by gmjhowe 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Lomography on the hay-penny?

Does anyone have an ideas or instructables about lomography on the cheap side? Or techniques for creating artsy, interesting, experimental photographs with a 35mm film or a digital slr?

Topic by iamthemargerineman 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Olympus camera question? Answered

I have several Olympus lenses for my old SLR camera. If I buy an Olympus DSLR will the lenses fit it? (unless anyone can direct me to a way to fit the lenses to my Fuji finepix S5500

Question by rickharris 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I turn my digital SLR into a large format grid scanner?

I am an artist and want to make prints of my large paintings. I have been using a flat bed scanner to scan artwork in multiple chunks and "stich" them together in photoshop thus far with success. However, using over 2 separate chunks, it is hard to get lines and shapes to line up. Also, the larger the image, the more akward it is to try to get the work on the scanner. So i was thinking of some way to use a digital camera to create the same affect. Ideally, the camera would be mounted to a rig floating over the painting and scan it into chunks. I can manually do the "stitching" but it would be sweet if some software would do it for me ;) Anyone know of anything like this? I have a very low tech version in mind, but would love a sort of automated plotter setup.

Question by blainegarrett 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Nikon D3000- Is it any good?

Hello All i wanna get my lil sis a SLR camera forher birthday, dont wanna drop too much. Has any one got a Nikon D3000? If so what does everyone think about it? Are there any better ones at that price point?

Topic by drctsdctn 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What is the best way to generate and store power from short bursts of a spinning wheel?

I have a wheel that spins up to 508RPM for a period of approx 20 seconds. It does this every 2 minutes for approx 20 mins then it stays motionless for up to one hour. How can I generate and store enough power to power a wireless router and slr digital camera charger? The budget is up to $1000 USD.

Question by olfgwalk 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How could I convert a physical book into an ebook?

I have some books that I would like to make into ebooks so that i can carry them around and read them more conveniently. I would prefer not to use a scanner, partly because mine is not very good and also because a few of my books are somewhat fragile and I do not want to damage the spines on them. I do have a very nice digital SLR camera if there is something I could do with that. thanks for the help

Question by AnOverdoseofZac 8 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Hacking a 1-sec accurate timer

Hey all, For my digital SLR camera, I've hacked together a cable relase using a three-way switch. This works a treat, and now it's time to graduate to full automation to help with night time navigation. For this I need to build a timer that keeps a switch in the 'on' position for a certain number of seconds. The timer needs to be accurate to the nearest second, so nothing fancy. Ideally it would be a number pad I can type into the number of seconds. So any ideas? I'm putting together a short instructable to make the cable release. Cheers, Pierre

Topic by eKstreme 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


boke with small digital cameras?

I assume the answer is no, because I can't find any examples of it, but my question is - is it possible to get the boke effects such as stars and hearts using a small lensed digital camera? I've tried a scaled down version to the lens cap cut-outs used on SLRs but no luck; even with a big star or a very, very small star. I put the camera on a tripod and use the candle light setting and manual focus or macro to get the blur but no stars. I just want to know if it is physically possible before I waste any more time on it. The lens is the size of a penny. Thank you.

Question by FriendOfHumanity 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I use a digital camera to obtain DSLR looking footage?

I recently bought a new video camera, the Panasonic HC-V750. Don't get me wrong, its an amazing camera and I love it, but I made the mistake of spending 500 bucks on this instead of a DSLR. I am trying to make a short film and want it to look professional. However, I know that this is almost always achieved using a DSLR and nifty editing/lighting techniques. I have the editing and lighting techniques down, but is there any way to adjust my video camera so that I can get DSLR-like quality? Like adjusting shutter or something? I know that the advantages of a DSLR are their large sensors and supreme ability to capture light using these sensors. Can I achieve this, at least a little, with my video camera? I can adjust the white balance, shutter, iris, and focus, on my camera. Any links and/or help is greatly appreciated!

Question by Adum24 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


knex guns that have not been done

Hi there have been a few knex guns witch have not been done before and their are knex guns witch have been done many times before e.g the ak47. here are some knex guns witch have not been done before. l1a1 slr , gpmg , m249 saw ,sa809has been done but not the most acurate ) colt 45(m1911) , bren gun and the g36c the list is almost endless. these are just a few sugestions im not saying the knex guns witch have been done before are bad i just think people should put their minds to difrent guns.

Topic by KNEXFRANTIC 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


filming the view finder (ground glass)

Hello all, I'm finishing up a project that I've been siting on for a while. I have always been intrigued by the strange dimensional space provided throuhg the old TLR viewfinders. I wanted to be able to film with that quality so I have built my own simple slr with a large view finder and am about to mount my 5d to it with a bellows in-between. I wanted to know if anyone on the message board had seen this done before or seen footage from a set up like this. I'll post pics and a link to vid footage once it the project is complete.

Topic by talentfalcon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How Can I make money fast....ish?

For my 8th grade class trip Im going to cedar point. I want a digital (preferably a Digital slr) camera to take pictures of my friends so that i can remember them if i never get to see them again. (My school is from kindergarden to 8th grade and at least 30% of my class has been with me from kindergarden and 60 from 1st grade) Im only 13 years old and the camera is almost 2000 dollars. My parents said they would think about giving me an allowance but that would be no more than 5 dollars a week --if im luucky:( Right now its cold out and its going to be winter in a month so i could shovel snow and thats about the only thing i can think of. thanks in advance.

Topic by listoman 10 years ago


I Just Got an Old Camera! (Now what?)

I'm not sure what to do with it... Should I try to restore it, clean it up a bit, find some film on eBay, and use it?Or should I polish it up a bit and see how much I can sell it for?I like film cameras and all, but this one's a bit bulky... And I already have a really good Canon SLR that takes 35mm film, so I don't need another film camera, and I got a nice Polaroid too (what you think of first when someone says "Polaroid", not a camera made by Polaroid that isn't a Polaroid but is a Polaroid because it's made by them).So, here's some pics, taken with my Kodak. What do you think?BTW, Let me know if you want me to post more... I've opened it up already, I can do it again.

Topic by Labot2001 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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Topic by globalphones1999 12 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Portable Storage Drive

I have a Nikon D200 Digital SLR that uses a CompactFlash (Type I/II) MicroDrive and when I'm in the field I take lots of high resolution images that takes a long time to download through the USB port of a laptop. I would like to be able to just carry a self-contained portable hard drive (i.e. 2.5" hard drive in an enclosure) with it's own battery source and just be able to insert the MicroDrive to a card reader connected to the enclosure and download all the images of the MicroDrive without the use of a laptop. A commercial version already exist but they are very pricey like the Epson P-2000. Basically I want the same functionality of the Epson P-2000 but I want the option to use whatever size drive I choose. How much battery would I need to power a hard drive? Would I have to use some sort of circuitry to transfer the images from the MicroDrive to the hard drive with a push of a button? Does anybody already have any instructions on how to build this?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Topic by DickDastardly71 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


How to use a 555 timer to switch a switch? Answered

I was thinking about making an intervalometer circuit for time lapse use on cameras. I was thinking of using this link https://www.instructables.com/id/Time-Lapse-Intervalometer-for-SLRs-with-555-timer-/ . I was thinking of adding a 22uf cap, as well as the normal 220uf cap, and then adding a 2200 uf cap, for a highly flexible range of time (ranging from a few seconds to about an hour), choosable by switch. I am starting to run into trouble at the camera connection itself. While i am fine with a cable, i would rather go with a wired remote, and using it to do the equivalent of pushing the remote buttons (instead of going through the cable itself). So i need a way to connect the two switch points electronically, rather than mechanically. Also is there a way to have it focus first, then take the photo? This circuit would also be good for cameras that do not have remote connectors, just go in to the camera and solder the switch points up, then hook them to this circuit. Would also work with a wireless remote. Hook it to the remotes switch and go from there. Just need a little help finding out what to do to get it to work the way i want to :) Thanks

Question by astroboy907 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Remote shutter - Transistor madness (or some other sort)

Hi all, I'm trying to build remote shutter for my camera. Intervalometer to be exact. That doesn't really matter. I have this page http://www.robotroom.com/Macro-Photography-2.html describing how to make a simple remote shutter. The schema is simple - trivial. However, instead of 2 physical switches, I'd like to control it using audio signal from my smart phone. I'm a programmer and I can make an app that will output signal of any volume and frequency. I'd like to control these two switches using this signal. Those switches provide 4 positions, however only 3 are needed - nothing, focus, shutter. Can anyone adjust that schema, add (probably) transistors or some other parts if needed to make this happen? Remote shutters for other cameras (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, ...) work in similar way, so similar schemas can be derived to serve whole range of digital SLRs. Motivation: I don't want to buy costly and redundant intervalometer, I can create nice app for Android which can work together with just small DIY piece of analog circuit to create wonderful timelapse videos.

Topic by skrat 7 years ago


Is this a capacitor? What kind? (Sunpak flash/speedlight circuit for Nikon cameras)

UPDATE: I received one response (on the Strobist forum) saying this _is_ a capacitor, and I must desolder to measure capacitance.  I hope someone here can confirm this, and, if true, also help me figure out _what type_ and its likely _voltage rating_. ========================== This circuit board is from a Sunpak NE-2D dedicated module for Nikon cameras.  Can anyone help me identify the rectangular component with blue sides?   I can't find any markings on it. High res. pictures of the part and the board are linked below.  The capacitance tested around 47nF (still soldered in place).  I'm fairly new to electronics, so I don't know if I did the test right or even the right test.  If it is a capacitor, I'd like to know what type. (FYI: A dedicated module is a removable foot that attaches to various Sunpak flash units. The foot/module connects to the hot shoe connector of specific cameras.  This particular module is dedicated to older Nikon SLR cameras. It allows compatible Sunpak flash units to provide Nikon-specific TTL flash functions (Fire/X-sync, Quench, Ready light, etc.). ) Any assistance greatly appreciated.

Question by macmcb 7 years ago


DSLR camera raspberry pi help

I was looking to build a raspberry pi canon battery grip (basically this thing: www.davidhunt.ie/raspberry-pi-in-a-dslr-camera/) I have some basic knowledge of the Pi and a reasonable amount of electronics experience, I was just wondering if you guys could help me out with a couple of questions as well as any other details that you think would help me build this: 1) How do you get the image data off the camera using the Pi/ get control of the shutter over USB 2) Is it possible to set up an ad hoc network to monitor and control the camera as well as download the pictures from an android phone or laptop (and how would I do that) 3) Any other ideas for cool things to do if i attach a pi to my camera? 4)The ideal powersource would be one of the canon LP-E8 7.2V batteries, anyone have any insight into a genius DIY connector for one? 5) Could it be used for recording/controling audio to videos? i.e. (http://beachtek.com/dxa-slr-pro/) but obviously more simplified 6) as an additional note, would it be possible to use the camera buttons and screen as the interface for the Pi computer (or at least the screen, so that I dont have to double to effective size by including a screen) for reference: the camera I have is a canon 600D and the battery grip is the generic type for 500/600D

Question by guy coop72 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


i have a question:

Unfortunately, this question is completely unrelated to instructables and it's DIY nature. i am turning 16 in april and was wondering about getting a job over the summer. if possible i wanted to get a job at the apple store near where i live (is it true you get a free iphone/laptop if you work there?) i would never pay for an iphone or macbook or anything expensive for that matter (i have no money) but seeing as it would be free, a job there would be awesome. anyway, i was wondering what kind of experience you would need in order to work there. i was assuming that they'd want me to have some sort of experience around apple gadgets and mac software. the only one im familiar wiht is the ipod. :-) the apple store iw ant to work at is in the mall. i was wondering if i'd be able to be a stock boy at least or something (if they even have one) anyway, i was just curious....oh and best buy too. there's one coming in and was wondering what kind of experience i'd need. it's a big store so i assumed id just stock things all day. if anyone knows about working at the apple store or best b uy, thanks for answering my question if you do. other (funny) comments are welcome, too. and for all you photographers out there: i want to buy a cheap slr and buy a nice lense for it. i want a canon rebel xti then later on buy a super awesome lense for it (seeing as the lense is much more important) is this a good idea? i'm really fond of canon and like the xti becuase it's decent and it's fairly cheap. what wouild be a good lense? i'd be using it for everyday camera taking and occasional art picturizing. am i making the right decision in doing this?

Topic by alvincredible 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Instrucables that don't actually give instructions...

So I assumed that the purpose of this site was to provide guides and instructions for people to be able to do/make the things that the Instructables are about.  Am I wrong in this assumption?  If I go to an Instructable for "make your own SLR camera from scraps around your home", I expect to find instructions on how to make what the post is about, not a video of some guy saying "I'm not going to give you any instructions, tips, or hints, but I've posted a video of me making one myself without any explanation, and you can watch that." A video of someone making something with absolutely no explanation, tips, hints, help, or instructions isn't really an Instructable, is it? I'm asking because of this post: https://www.instructables.com/id/7FT-Gundam-Ultimate-Papercraft-1/ The author of the post has posted a few pictures and a few videos that don't show anything besides him talking about why he made the project, and time-lapse videos of him putting it together.  In the videos, it actually shows him using the computer generated, printable files necessary to put the project together, which he didn't bother posting in the Instructable.  The entire post seems more like a brag posting of "Look what I can do" instead of being an actual Instructable, because there were no files provided to make your own, no instructions provided on how to do it yourself, no tips or anything. I'm asking here because, when asked about it, the author of the post said (and I quote):           visualspicer (author) says:           Please forward your complaints to the staff of Instructables.com who personally invited me to post this project here in its current format. So my question is: Is the staff of this website inviting people to come post Instructables without actually giving instructions for how to make the things they're posting about?  If this is the case, is this site going to degrade into just a bunch of bragging photos and video of people saying "look at the cool stuff that I made, but don't bother trying to make it yourself, because I'm not giving you the instructions."?

Topic by chefguru 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Using modern UV active pigments for indirect lighting?

I am still living from boxes after moving house but I came to a small batch of very impressive UV active powder. This new kind glows in the dark for at least a full night with good visability and usally it sold with the color name "auqa blue" - just don't be fooled by the old style pigments that only lasted for a fe minutes, I am taking about hours here.... The images and videos I tried with my SLR and phone are all terrible, seems they don't really like UV light :( My thought was something like this: Having a sufficient amount of pigment in the top coat of the wall or ceiling paint to allow for a nice glow. Either on floor or ceiling level a row of UV LED's to allow for a quick charge of the pigments, or as an alternative once technology has caught up EL panels in the UV range with a pigment coating. An area of 5x2cm is already enough as a "reading light" for several hours or to illuminate a map during night time hiking trips. Also with the long after glow it would be quite possible to use "light transmission". Here you have acrylic sheets on the outside walls or roof catching the light and transporting it to the inside. So you could use natural light during the day that would also charge the pigments on wall or ceiling. Of course this is not really feasable for home use unless you don't require any sleep but tunnels, bunkers, mines and such could benefit especially if using fibre optics to "transport" the light to where it is needed. Another great idea (at least I think it is) would be to use these pigments on footpaths and sporting grounds. Imagine a footpath that glows at night and illuminates where you go! Or imagine a big factory during a power outage at night having clear walkways to direct the workers showing up all of a sudden on the floor... Some quality pigments still allow for over 200 lumens after 60 minutes of recharge - this is in the region of a low power LED of modern technology. I don't think a topic like this will qualify for a best answer but I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on the topic of these modern after glow pigments.....

Question by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Use it Again! Contest Winners

Wow, there were some fantastic entries in the Use it Again! contest! Congratulations to everyone who entered- the quality and range of projects was quite astonishing.Have a pile of spring cleaning junk to repurpose? For inspiration just check out the winners below, then wander over to the PopSci group to see the other fantastic entries. We're planning to use some scrap bamboo to build trebuchet03's Pot Lid Organizer for the Instructables kitchen next week- what do you plan to make?Grand PrizeWinner will receive a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT 8.0-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, a brief profile in the How 2.0 section of Popular Science magazine, and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Wireless home router with analogue utilisation meter by radiorentalFirst PrizeFive winners will each receive a laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2 multi-tool and a 1 year subscription to Popular Science magazine.Bookshelf of Encyclopedias by jessyratfinkHow to Make Your Own Prototypes : How to make your own Plastic Vacuum Former by sheekgeekRepurposed - Clock into Kinetic Wall Art by Tool Using AnimalTake Infrared Pictures With Your Digital Camera by sam noyounWallet made from a computer keyboard by zieakHonorable MentionTen winners will each receive Instructables stickers and a patch. UPDATE: Honorable Mention winners will also receive a year's subscription to PopSci!Build a Nintendo NES PC by hatsuliGreen Garbage Grabber, Trash Tongs, pick up tool by ToxictomLaterally driven speakers by J_HodgieMacpack by imanalchemistNaff Movie into DVD Spectra by DoWattReuse old printer ribbons by lennybScanner Parts Desk Lamp by jpitz31The Flying Scrooge: Ornithopter of Household Items by royalestelThumb Piano by BobsDogHouseVan de Graaff Generator made from junk by Sedgewick17Please give a big hand to our judges, who carefully read through over 80 projects before casting their votes. Thanks to randofo, jeffreyf, evy-wevy, trebuchet03, daenris, Maddhatter3, kiteman, technick29, Herrozerro, T3h_Muffinator, sam, ewilhelm, noahw, and John and Mike from PopSci.Winners, keep an eye on your inboxes- we'll contact you by personal message with instructions for claiming your prize.Original contest instructions are here.

Topic by canida 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


DIY Vanilla Extract, $50 Laser Cutter, Bullet Time...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Jan. 3, 2008 Happy new year! We're kicking off our new year with the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge. Enter photos of your yarn-based creations to win Lion Brand yarn, patches, and stickers! Don't forget to enter the Homemade Holidays Contest! There's a little over a week left to win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! The Laser Cutter Contest has just closed. Stay tuned to find out who the finalists are. Check out these cool instructables! Make DIY Vanilla Extract Quality vanilla is a tasty and essential cooking ingredient. By making our own extraction we get the highest quality product from the best beans. posted by ian on Jan 1, 2008 Hack mac laptop to be a mac tablet in 15 minutes Combine an old mac laptop and a Wacom tablet to get your own mac tablet. It may not be pretty, but it works and is easy to put together.posted by c4l3b on Jan 2, 2008 Laser cutter for under 50 dollars With a couple of broken scanners and $30 of materials you can be cutting stencils with your own laser cutter. posted by lamedust on Jan 1, 2008 How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) A tutorial on how to build your own cheap, portable and hood-style bullet time camera rig on the cheap and the fly. posted by fi5e on Dec 31, 2007 Dollar Store Parabolic Mic This is a ridiculously easy way to build a very functional parabolic microphone using mostly items purchased from a dollar store. posted by jurtle on Jan 2, 2008 Show off your project and win Lion Brand yarn!Win great prizes from CRAFT magazine! Solid Wood Digital Clock How to build a wooden digital clock powered by an atmega168 (arduino) with a built-in alarm and games.posted by J_Hodgie on Dec 28, 2007 Build your own t-shirt printing press Have a great idea for a t-shirt? Here's how to make a press for making shirts similar to rubber stamping. posted by zieak on Jan 2, 2008 Time Lapse Intervalometer for SLRsCreate your own magical time lapse effect with a DIY timer.posted by eagleapex on Dec 30, 2007 Add INTERNAL Bluetooth Capability To Your iPod With a steady hand and some soldering skills you can be listening to music off your iPod without any dongles or wires. posted by fstedie on Dec 31, 2007 Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft How to design and create a wirelessly controlled modular hovercraft, that can be controlled with an RC controller, or made completely autonomous. posted by bradpowers on Dec 31, 2007   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago


September 2014 Build Night with Sugru

125 SPACES AVAILABLE Deadline to sign up: Monday, August 4. Accepted spaces will be notified by August 6. SEPTEMBER BUILD NIGHT We are partnering with Sugru, the amazing self setting rubber, for our September 2014 build night. This is our 2nd build night with Sugru and we couldn’t be more excited! Sign up and we will ship you a package that includes: (8) packs of sugru (1 pack = 8 mini packs) HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Host a Build Night: pick a night in September (any night) to host a project build night using Sugru. You can host multiple build nights during September and October to work on your projects. Post 3 Instructables: post 3 Instructables using Sugru. We are looking for these projects to showcase unique uses for Sugru. (Not posting these Instructables will affect your chances to participate in future build nights). Check here for some inspiration. 5 creative ways to improve your kitchen 5 ideas for sugru in your garden 11 ways to sugruify your keys 8 ways to make your GoPro even more amazing 10 ways to refresh vintage finds 12 musicians get creative with sugru 7 clever ideas sugru + velcro 20 sugru holiday hacks 20 ways sugru can improve your crafting kit Brownie Points (not required): after the build night post a forum topic on Instructables about your event. Include pictures, stories, etc... Here are two examples from past build nights: Noisebridge and Makers Local 256. We may even feature your photos on the homepage. CHALLENGE The two spaces that submit the Instructables with the most unique use of sugru will receive a copy of the Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate (first prize) and a Nikon D5200 Digital SLR Camera (second prize). Grand Prize (Autodesk Design Suite): Dynamic Motor Balancing with Sugru and an iPhone by Phoenix Asylum First Prize (DSLR Camera): Poor Mans Fire Works by ShakeTheFuture Honorary Mentions (Instructables t-shirts): Sugru Raspberry Pi Corners by Geekspace Gwinnett Stop Motion Puppetry with Sugru by Hitchin Hackspace SIGN UP - Please only sign up if you are able to complete the requirements listed above This is a 2-step sign up process.  YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH TO FULLY SIGN UP. Fill out this google form. You will then receive a private message in your Instructables inbox by August 6 asking for your shipping information. You cannot receive the Sugru materials without completing this step. Selection Process: This is NOT first come first serve. We look at past build night participation, past project quality, and project proposals for the current build night. If you haven't participated in a build night OR haven't submitted Instructables for build nights you signed up for we suggest your space create Instructables over the next few months and submit them in future applications. RESOURCES: Sugru Website Instructables App (for documentation during the build night): iOS and Android JOIN OUR ANNOUNCEMENT LIST If you are interested in being directly notified about future build nights fill out this form. You will receive an e-mail when new events are announced in the forums. Please only sign up if you are not already on the build night mailing list. ABOUT BUILD NIGHTS Instructables is sponsoring monthly build nights at makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world. Each month we partner with a different company to send you materials and/or tools to run a workshop at your space. In return your space posts Instructables from your build night.

Topic by Carleyy 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Trying to make a arduino based photo booth, and need help with my code for the countdown to be triggered by a button?

I am new to Arduino and am trying to make an Arduino based Photo Booth which will have a button that is pressed and triggers a countdown on an 8x8 SPI matrix and at the end of the countdown it triggers a SLR Camera (Nikon D5500) (i still need to work out how to trigger the camera and write the camera trigger code). at the moment i have managed to create code that starts the countdown when a button is pressed however it seems to only want to listen to the button randomly and triggers whenever it seems to feel like it. Here is the code i have so far...Have i written it correctly? #include "LedControl.h" const int buttonPin = 2;     // the number of the pushbutton pin int buttonState = 0;         // variable for reading the pushbutton status LedControl lc=LedControl(12,11,10,1);  // Pins: DIN,CLK,CS, # of Display connected unsigned long delayTime=1000;  // Delay between Frames // Put values in arrays byte invader1a[] = {   B01111110, // #9   B11111111,   B11100111,   B11111111,   B01111111,   B00000111,   B11111111,   B01111110 }; byte invader1b[] = {   B01111110, // #8   B11111111,   B11100111,   B01111110,   B01111110,   B11100111,   B11111111,   B01111110 }; byte invader1c[] = {   B11111111, // #7   B11111111,   B00000111,   B00001110,   B00011100,   B00111000,   B00111000,   B00111000 }; byte invader1d[] = {   B01111110, // #6   B11111111,   B11100000,   B11111110,   B11111111,   B11100111,   B11111111,   B01111110 }; byte invader1e[] = {   B11111111, // #5   B11111111,   B11100000,   B11111110,   B11111111,   B00000111,   B11111111,   B01111110 }; byte invader1f[] = {   B11101110, // #4   B11101110,   B11101110,   B11111111,   B11111111,   B00001110,   B00001110,   B00001110 }; byte invader1g[] = {   B11111110, // #3   B11111111,   B00000111,   B11111110,   B11111110,   B00000111,   B11111111,   B11111110 }; byte invader1h[] = {   B01111110, // #2   B11111111,   B11100111,   B00001110,   B00111000,   B11100000,   B11111111,   B11111111 }; byte invader1i[] = {   B00011100, // #1   B00111100,   B01111100,   B00011100,   B00011100,   B00011100,   B00011100,   B00011100 }; byte invader1j[] = {   B00000000, // #smile   B00000000,   B00100100,   B00000000,   B10000001,   B01000010,   B00111100,   B00000000 }; byte invader1k[] = {   B00000000, // #blank   B00000000,   B00000000,   B00000000,   B00000000,   B00000000,   B00000000,   B00000000 }; void setup() {   lc.shutdown(0,false);  // Wake up displays   lc.shutdown(1,false);   lc.setIntensity(0,5);  // Set intensity levels   lc.setIntensity(1,5);   lc.clearDisplay(0);  // Clear Displays   lc.clearDisplay(1);   pinMode(buttonPin, INPUT); } //  Take values in Arrays and Display them void sinvader1a() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)    {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1a[i]);   } } void sinvader1b() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1b[i]);   } } void sinvader1c() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1c[i]);   } } void sinvader1d() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1d[i]);   } } void sinvader1e() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1e[i]);   } } void sinvader1f() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1f[i]);   } } void sinvader1g() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1g[i]);   } } void sinvader1h() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1h[i]);   } } void sinvader1i() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1i[i]);   } } void sinvader1j() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1j[i]);   } } void sinvader1k() {   for (int i = 0; i < 8; i++)   {     lc.setRow(0,i,invader1k[i]);   } } void loop() {// read the state of the pushbutton value:   buttonState = digitalRead(buttonPin);   // check if the pushbutton is pressed.   // if it is, the buttonState is HIGH:   if (buttonState == HIGH) {     sinvader1a();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1b();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1c();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1d();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1e();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1f();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1g();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1h();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1i();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1j();     delay(delayTime);     sinvader1k();   } if (buttonState == LOW) {    buttonState = digitalRead(buttonPin);   }   }

Question by DanielB118 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


should I give up on entering contests/posting detailed unique ideas?

Disheartened by contest results, I really feel like pulling some of my instructables and not publishing any further ones (I am taking some time right now to work on another project I was documenting for instructables but I feel like there isn't a point to the extra time involved in pausing to take pictures of every little thing).  It probably seems silly, but I did end up shoving a whole bunch of my priorities aside to make sure it was in before the deadline. My original idea was not among the top 5%, some of which were things I could buy derivatives of in a store or have definitely seen before.  I guess I am just looking for affirmation that this is a pretty commonplace occurrence, and as a first time contest entrant that eventually something will pan out and I'll wind up with a tshirt (I mean that's pretty much all I want out of the deal, the prizes are nice but the tshirts are cooler. not that anyone would really ask about them, but maybe when I visit geek-saturated areas...) if I keep trying.   Perhaps I was too confident and it takes way more than 50 hours to make a winning instructable (through all my trials and errors, it might have been more than 50) You could tell me that my pictures or use of language were not as good as the others, but I am pretty sure I have a decent command of the English language and most of my photos were ok, with the exception of having a few from a cellphone, in the dimly lit space I had to work in.  Granted, those steps were so self-explanatory others would've just added them as a sentence i.e. "Cut the chain".  I also went through the other entries, also from last year, and was pretty certain I'd place. Could ascribing it as "NoDerivs" possibly have anything to do with how the sponsor judged it?  I just don't want someone using their modified idea for an NGO without considering consulting me, I am only partially employed and am looking for that kind of employment, even being consulted without pay would be a CV boost at this point.  I could care less how many people make it for themselves or other groups in their backyards, as long as they aren't selling the idea or trying to one-up me.  Perhaps I should consider a different license attribute and just write in plain text what I mean by it? How does everyone else network to get people to vote for their entries? When your instructable is complicated, how do you shorten it enough to make sure people of all levels can understand?   Do a few cellphone pictures in an instructable of many photos ruin it (I don't always have a camera on hand and until super recently I didn't have an SLR as mine was stolen in Peru - I had to borrow one for some of my photos)?  Not as many people seem to like my most complicated instructable, so I wonder if length or complexity factors in... Do you think length factors into contest decisions?  Because my next project is also long, as unique ideas often are.  And I don't want to skip describing details and just say "put the capacitor in" or "build a rectifier circuit" when, since I started building circuits this Fall (partially thanks to instructables), I would have wanted to know details like to bend legs of a capacitor if I was following an instructable, and I was super confused by an instructable (a featured one at that) that said simply "build a rectifier circuit".   Sigh, I guess I am just bitter that I won't get one of those awesome tshirts. should I post the next idea on instructables once it is completed or not?  Or are ideas like that generally not appreciated in this community?  (hint: it is similar to the light up swing powered by a bicycle dynamo I posted, but implements another piece of playground equipment instead).  Perhaps I should just keep them to myself until I've built them beyond working prototypes?   Sorry for all the questions and being a Debbie Downer, I am just reflecting on what could have factored into my entry not having been selected as one of the top 25.  I was pretty sure it was at least in the top 10 or so.  If I am going to improve on future projects, I want to know what I should consider focusing on, and if complex projects don't really belong here (or if others have good ideas on how to shorten them).  Thanks all.

Topic by danja.mewes 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago