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LED Light Panel

I made a super bright LED light panel for video work using high CRI LEDs and a video-safe dimmer. The panel is tiltable and the lights dim without flickering.

Supplies (following these Amazon links and buying anything helps fund this channel):
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LED Light Strip – http://amzn.to/2dNjDI3
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DC-DC Converter – http://amzn.to/2cYtjRq
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Velcro Pad – http://amzn.to/2dNiNei
Power Cord (optional) – http://amzn.to/2dnzgYC

Download Free template here.

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DIY Macro Extension Tubes

I really like macro (close-up) photography but macro lenses are expensive. There are a number of cheaper ways to get nice macro shots and one of them is by moving the lens away from the camera via an extension tube. I came up with a cheap and easy way to make extension tubes from ABS or PVC pipe, a camera body cap, a rear lens cap, and some JB Weld KwikWeld (Amazon link).

This simple style of extension tube doesn’t have electrical contacts between the lens and camera so you might lose aperture and focus control but you can repurpose old manual focus lenses and give them new life this way!

Here’s how I do it.

The link to the online calculator mentioned in the video is here.DIY Extension Tube

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35mm SLR Body Cap Pinhole Conversion

I have made and used a few pinhole cameras that used photo paper as “film” but I wanted to try m hand at using real, negative film.  Recently, someone gave me a 35mm film developing jar and so I decided now was the time to try my hand at negative film.  I have several old Canon 35mm SLR cameras which all take FD lenses so I decided to make a pinhole “lens” for them.  Read on…

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Quart Can Pinhole Camera

quart can pinhole cameraI got into pinhole photography recently because I like the idea of building my own camera, taking photographs with that camera, and developing my own film and prints.  I was wandering the aisles at Ax-Man and came across some 1 quart metal cans.  They looked like an ideal shape, material, and price to be made into pinhole cameras so, I bought half a dozen.  It was quite easy to turn these cans into very usable pinhole cameras.  Read on…

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Solar Cell Light Meter

solar cell light meterI recently got into pinhole photography and needed a light meter to calculate exposure times.  Light meter are ridiculously expensive and I figured there had to be a way to make one myself and it turns out, I was right.  I will walk you through how to make a light meter from a cheap battery tester and a solar cell ripped from a calculator.  You should be able to make one yourself for significantly less than $10.  Read on…

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