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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 to calculate the optimal pinhole size?

As far as I've understood, optimal diameter for pinhole size is calculated by formula where d - the optimal diameter for pinhole c - constant f - focal length (distance between pinhole and ...
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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 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 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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How can I fix a Canon lens with sand in the aperture diaphragm?

I have a 17-85mm Canon lens which I was using at the beach the other day. A sudden hard blow of wind caused sand to be thrown on me and my camera. Afterwards, the camera would give the Error 01 code ...
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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. Although the effect was pretty cool, I couldn't ...
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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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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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Where can I get replacement parts for Canon cameras?

My son accidentally cracked a glass on the back of the camera. It is not an LCD itself, but rather a protective cover over the LCD. I took the camera to photo store and they said they can order the ...
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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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What good DIY projects (which involve a digital camera) do you know? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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 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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DIY motion trigger for use in High Speed Photography?

I am looking to get started in high speed photography and have been looking around at the different motion/sound detectors that are available on the market. I have come to the conclusion that I do not ...
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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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Can I make a panorama mount for occasional panorama shooting?

I sometimes (about 5 times per year) decide to shoot a panorama, just for me, with no intentions to sell or use the photo outside my family and close relatives. Currently I use my Pentax DAL 18-55 ...
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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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Is it possible to develop cyanotypes with an LCD projector, given the need for UV?

Cyanotype's are developed with exposure to UV. I'm thinking of playing around with very large cyanotype, starting with a digital image. At first thought I wanted to use a LCD projector to fix the ...
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How do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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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 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 ...
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Can I use a beam splitter to record two images using the same lens?

How's the best way to record two images coming through a single lens. One being a infrared and the other being visible. My plan was to use a beam splitter between the lens and the sensor to reflect ...
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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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Using a camera as Lux-meter

For a project I want to use a USB-camera (https://www.e-consystems.com/ar0330-lowlight-usb-cameraboard.asp) as a Lux-meter. I control the camera using v4l2 on Linux. I have a real lux-meter (https://...
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Is a DSLR required for making a DIY 3D scanner?

I've been looking into this- making my own 3d scanner for my 3d printer- and all the DIY instructions require a DSLR... but they don't explain why- exactly. Maybe it has something to do with "seeing" ...