Archive for the ‘Camera’ Category

OpenMoco strikes again: the DollyShield

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Some time ago I headed in one of the most complete DIY photo/cinema solutions for low-budget productions, the OpenMoco. It seems they spent some time in prototyping a brand new shield:

The DollyShield is an adaptation of the Arduino Motor Shield v3 that provides directional PWM control of two DC motors, at up to 1A of current each.  In addition to the motor drivers, it also provides a stereo plug with dual opto-coupled outputs for direct camera control, a 2×16 LCD, five user input buttons, and four auxilliary inputs or outputs through two stereo jacks.  It is designed to provide an inexpensive and easy-to-use interface for two-axis motion control integrated with a camera.

more info after the break


Surveillance Cameras: they are alive!!!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

(c) 2010 Surveillance Cameras, by Ricardo Iglesias

wonderful project bringing the Big Brother thoery one step beyond!

This project by the Spanish artist Ricardo Iglesias, is the result of a one and a half years long research process where he developed a series of robots with the ability of not just filming people with their embedded cameras, but to intelligently follow them increasing the creepyness level of the whole thing. The robot’s controller was prototyped with an Arduino board and took a long time to make the final design because it needs three switching power sources to feed the different parts of the design from a single battery (as Miguel, Hangar’s engineer reported).

You can check SonarMática’s official description here, and the official project website here.

via [Arduino Blog] source [here]

Digital camera control using Arduino USB Host Shield

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

nice (and deep) intro to Arduino driving Cameras via USB.

I’m starting new series of articles describing exciting field of digital camera control. In modern cameras, USB port can be used not only for transferring images to a PC, but also for sending control commands to the camera. It is often possible to send commands which “press” the shutter button, modify shutter and aperture values, some cameras are even capable of doing focus control. At the same time, new shooting techniques, such as HDR and stacked focus, require that a photographer makes several shots, slightly modifying one or several shooting parameters from shot to shot. Even age-old time lapse technique could use some automation. Since camera manufacturers are, as always slow to implement there cool features, Arduino comes to the rescue.

via [CircuitAtHome]

Intervaluino, time-lapse lovers tool

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

If you have to chance to test it, give it a try. One of the most useful uses of arduino turning a common camera in a cinema tool.

I call it Intervaluino, and it does exactly what I want him to do: Tell my Canon EOS 400D to take pictures at regular intervals. Wanna build one yourself? Please follow me.

you’ll  need:

  • 1 Arduino (I used the Diecimila model) –
  • 3x 100 ohm resistors
  • 1x 10k ohm resistor
  • 2 x 5V reed relays (NO = normally open)
  • 1 x push button of your choosing
  • 1 x 2.5mm male stereo jack
  • 1 x 80 x 50 mm strip board
    (alternatively: bread board or Arduino protoshield)
  • Assorted wires
  • Arduino USB cable
  • Arduino AC adapter OR Arduino 9V battery pack
  • Basic electronic tools to cut and de-isolate wires and to solder components (if you use a strip board), maybe a multimeter to test connections
  • A nice box
  • 20 cm of thin steel cable (used as a loop to attach the Intervaluino to the tripod)

via [theHoneyJar]

OpenMoco [Open-Source Photographic Motion-Control]

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

[drone] about OpenMoco

It may not be obvious from the surface, but the project has really taken off.  If you pick up this month’s copy of Wired, the fetish photo was shot using the OpenMoco system, I have worked directly with that photographer to help him build a system based around OpenMoco to solve many of his studio needs.  Jay Burlage (of HDR and ‘milapse’ notoriety) joined me in the project a few months back, and has really helped increase the traction of the project with both pro and amateur shooters.

OpenMoco is one of the more complete solutions of DIY cinema/photography. A lot of informations can be found on the site (video after the break)


PanoDuino, 360° automated panohead

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Incredible 360 photos from Flickr user philwarner who built this PanoDuino automated panohead. It’s amazing how different photographers ([…[ 2 of these in the Netherlands, 1 in France, 2 in Texas and another in Singapore[…]) are all leading to a common project. [Greg] in Canada is designing his own mechanics in CAD and fabricating them in his machine shop. I think it will be operated using the Papywizard software. He’s getting close to having a working rig.


Build a High-Speed Laser-Triggered Photography Rig to Capture Split Second Exposures

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Interesting photo rig from belgian photographer fotoopa (which, we hear, as “foto opa,” means something like “photo grandpa” in Dutch).

Those tho arms have infrared lasers which act as a trigger for the shutter. With such a rig wou can’t miss the right moment to tak ethe picture. You can visit this link below to see his technical schematics and diagrams, along with photos of him constructing the rig. If you have no intention of building such an elaborate rig, we’d still suggest taking a peek at his galleries.

 You can view his insect gallery here and his water droplets gallery here.

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SkyDuino – Webcam Pan/tilt via Skype

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Nice use of Arduino and Skype API to control a webcam wirelessly. (Windows-only)
[HARI] provides all the sourcecode as well.

Building a laser trigger for your camera

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Another Camera-Related (jack-input oriented) Arduino Trigger. Nice Images. ++

You can tell it has been written by a photograph: very good pictures!

Via []

Laser trigger for camera via Arduino

Arduino + Canon DSLRs = TimeLapse Photography and Video Shoot

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Wow. Two nice posts on how to use & control your Canon 5D Mark II both for shooting and triggering photos. Via InfraRed!

Automatically resume video shooting on a Canon 5D Mark II
Infrared Controlled TimeLapse Photography with Canon DSLRs

both Circuit & Codes ready!
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