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Stands for "Do it yourself", and refers to the creating or improvising equipment out of materials on hand, as opposed to purchasing a pre-made product.

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How can I avoid star trails without an expensive tracking mount?

I want to take pictures of the Milky Way or a lunar eclipse or earth glow on the moon, but I don't have an equatorial tracking mount, and don't want to spend that much money on one. How can I get ...
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How do I 'break' a film camera in order to get double exposures?

Film cameras typically refuse to double expose on the same frame of film. Let's take the Olympus trip 35 as the example. They're cheap as chips and don't expose unless you wind on the film. What part ...
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How do I build my own soft-box light for illuminating still or stop-motion scenes?

I am working on a small stop-motion video project, although I am sure this kind of lighting will work for individual still shots as well. I need some kind of broad, bright, continuous lighting that ...
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Is there an easy way to force chromatic aberration?

A couple of months ago I was playing with my camera and a magnifying glass and I noticed that this glass produced a very soft chromatic aberration. Here's an example: (Here is the full size, 18mp ...
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How could one make a DIY Gray card for exposure/color correction?

I know that there are "gray cards" sold that help with exposure/color correction, but as I'm on a tight budget I'd like to make my own. Is this possible? Also, are there other objects (paint sample ...
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How do welder's glass shades translate to stops when used as an ND filter?

I've been inspired by this to try using Welder's glass as an ND filter. For welders' glass, they use values of "shade" from about 4 up to 11 or so. I know 11 is really dark. Does anybody know if ...
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Are infrared DSLR conversion companies safe? What about DIY infrared conversion?

I'm investigating the possibility of converting a DSLR (Canon T2i) to a infrared-only body. I've seen several websites that offer this service, but man, considering they are tearing your camera apart ...
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What tools and spare parts are needed to repair Canon 200mm f/1.8 USM prime lens?

The focus of Canon 200mm f/1.8 L seems to be entirely USM driven. Manually rotating the black ring has no impact at all on mine, as it is broken. What tool set would be the best I could buy (from ...
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which brand ecosystem is more open for hacking?

I'm a seasoned photographer who used to have a nikon until recently and I am now thinking of buying a new camera and want to experiment more with it. The types of things I want to do is: control the ...
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What good DIY projects (which involve a digital camera) do you know?

Recently I found my old digital 3.2 MPix point & shoot camera which has been mainly just sitting on my shelf for the last few years. I'd like to get it back to use, but since it is rather bulky ...
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How can I make my own film scanner using a DSLR camera?

How can I make my own film scanner (35mm) using a 16MP DSLR camera? For using the camera, I understand that I basically need a soft and even light source and a macro lens to focus on the films from ...
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How do I to clean prime lenses' internals? Or should I even try?

I have some very old primes (grandfather's 1950s Exakta Varex lenses, ranging from 28mm to 85mm) that I've been really enjoying on my Sony NEX with an adapter. It's partially sentimental, but I've ...
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DIY gear successfully made and used?

I am looking around for a DIY project to work on over Christmas. I have seen lots of suggestions at DIY Photography and a few at The Strobist. (In particular, there are lots of light modifiers ...
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How do I develop black and white film myself? [duplicate]

I have recently got a film SLR and I have shot a lot of pictures (say like 6 rolls in a weeks time). To develop these pictures in my area takes up to a week or two.... so what struck my head was to ...
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How can I fix the flash in a Nikon D80 camera?

How do I remove and replace the built-in flash in a Nikon D80?
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Can I make my own Expodisc?

I've been contemplating the purchase of an Expodisc to finally be rid of most white balance corrections. The price is a little steep for me, however. I was wondering, is there a way to make something ...
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What size hole do I use to make differently shaped bokeh?

This is my question in one huge breath: What would be the correct size of an elliptic bokeh filter be to create a fake anamorphic distorted bokeh effect with a regular Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens with a ...
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Is it possible to DIY adjust the focus ring distance scale of a lens?

I have a particular lens in mind, but is it generally possible to do this adjustment? Of course there are a lot of lenses that don't have any distance scale to begin with. Many lenses have the scale ...
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How to do DIY repair of rubber grips on Nikon cameras?

The rubber grip is peeling away from my D700, just near the autofocus mode selection switch. That whole (tiny) section of the grib is pretty much coming away. How can I do a DIY repair? What ...
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Can I polish a scratch off of lens contacts?

I have a Canon lens (ultrasonic 17-85mm) and the biggest of the contacts is scratched slighty. It is now showing a connection error. It works only from time to time. Is there a way to polish the ...
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How to shoot water spilled on the floor?

I am planning a scene with water spilled on a floor or desk. The floor and desks have designs which will be distracting for my shot. I am thinking of placing a paper sheet as a back drop. Which ...
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How does this TLR camera expose properly?

I found a DIY TLR camera kit that lets you build the camera from parts, then use it to take photos. What I don't understand, is that the specs list: 1/150s shutter speed; f/11 aperture From that ...