Category: Photography

dSLR External Zoom & Focus Driver

The dSLR External Zoom & Focus Driver project will provide a simple and effective way to externally control zoom or focus of dSLR lenses.  The primary intent of this is for use with time-lapse photography, where small increments of zoom or focus are made before or after each frame.  This device could be used for videography as…

By Rob March 13, 2017 0

DIY Dew Heater

In addition to the dew heater controller, an electric heating element is needed.  The heating element is wrapped around a camera lens and gently warms it to prevent moisture from condensing on the lens. Nichrome wire will be used as the heating element.  This wire is very effective at converting electric current to heat, and is…

By Rob March 4, 2017 0

DSLR Pan & Tilt Rig for Timelapse Photography

Overview Adding motion to timelapse photography or video can really add an extra dimension of interest.  Unfortunately, most commercially available systems cost as much as the camera gear, or more.  The goal of this project is to develop a simple pan/tilt rig capable of carrying a digital SLR camera. This rig will be controlled by…

By Rob February 13, 2017 0

Dew Heater Controller

Ever spend all night shooting a Milky Way time-lapse only to discover the next morning that your lens got fogged up and ruined most of you shots?  No?  Just me?  Ok well just in case you’re ever in such a situation, you might find this DIY dew heater project useful. The goal of this project is…

By Rob February 13, 2017 0

Motion Controller

This motion controller can control up to three stepper motor axes for pan, tilt, dolly, etc. motion.  The design consists of a motor control and driver board, and a handheld user interface with LCD display. Motion Controller The brain of the motion rig controller is an Arduino microcontroller.  Arduinos are simple to program, are cheap, and are…

By Rob February 12, 2017 0