The Original Handle by GoWorx GoPro Mount Initial Review

The Original Handle by GoWorx Review

GoWorx, a manufacturer of GoPro acessories and DIYTripods newest sponsor, was nice enough to send over “The Original Handle by GoWorx” (pictured above) to review. I should note that even though I have a “floatie backdoor” attached, it’s unlikely it would float the whole assembly.

The mount is made out of a sturdy plastic material, and, as seen above, doubles as a good static mount, or “tripod” if you use the term very loosely. This use reminds me of the hockey puck GoPro mount featured on DIYTripods, but with a convenient carry handle.

This brings us to the main feature of this device, to help hand-carry your GoPro camera. It seems most natural to use this handle in a similar manner to how one would carry a suitcase for low shots. The camera could also be tilted down to hold in a pistol-grip. The velcro strap that you see is to hold a WiFi remote, which makes sense from an ergonomic standpoint, though the battery drain usually makes me avoid this control method.

Although there are certainly all kinds of ways to use this mount, using it while on some sort of smooth moving surface like a skateboard (as seen in the second video after the “read more” link) would be ideal. I tried the Original Mount out in the first video walking our family’s dog Evie. The video turned out much better than I expected; apparently even something as mundane as walking the dog can look exciting with the proper camera angles and 5x speed video! Continue reading

DIY Camera Gimbal for Handheld or Quadcopter

DIY Camera Gimbal, Brushless with GoPro mounted

Levi Burner, who has written several article for DIYTripods, wrote in with an excellent DIY Camera Gimbal setup, shown above with a GoPro. Although it could be used with a quadcopter, it should work equally well as a handheld device.

Details of the build can be found here. Below is (part of) a rough sketch diagramming how this setup will fit together. Although it reminds me of sketches I sometimes do before building something, my artistic ability isn’t quite up to Oscar’s standards. Fortunately, I’m pretty good with AutoCAD (or Draftsight for my home projects).

DIY camera gimbal design sketch (cropped)

If you’re wondering how it stacks up to an unstabilized camera, check out around 0:35 in the video after the “read more” thing. There still seems to be some movement, but the results are much better.

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Splash Photography Arduino Timing Rig

splash photography arduino timed dice in water

Have you ever wondered how a picture like the splashing dice above was taken? Maybe you assumed the photographer had excellent timing (which is possible), but with this howto article from Make, you don’t have to rely on timing or luck, you can actually predict when the splashdown will happen and trigger the camera appropriately.

If you remember back to high school physics class, distance (d) traveled by a falling object is predicted by: d = 1/2gt^2 or you can just guess, as they do in the howto. The Make setup shown below starts a falling object with a solenoid, meaning that there will be a set time until the object hits the water. Whether you guess or calculate, things should be consistent once calibrated. Quite clever.

splash photography arduino rig setup diagram

When I saw this splash photography rig, I thought that they were going to use a sensor to predict when the falling object was about to hit the water. If you could find an appropriate sensor for this, I think that would be a good way to do it. On the other hand, those kind of sensors can be expensive, and there would still need to be some guesswork, since you might have to offset it to not get in the way of the shot…

I’ll add this to the list of projects that I probably won’t get to. Anyone try something like this? Let me know in the comments!