Lego Camera Stabilizer AKA Steadicam

lego-camera-stabilizerIf you have a lot of Legos lying around, and perhaps a few hard drive platters, this Lego Camera Stabilizer might be a good option for taking steady video.

This stabilizer features 2 axes in the middle of the handle assembly, as well as a rotational axis just below the camera mount.  Weights on the bottom keep the camera upright, while additional weights on either side of the camera keep it pointed in the right direction.  Check out the video after the “read more” to see it in action.  It does an impressive job of keeping things steady. Continue reading

Hose Clamp Camera Mount for Handlebars

hose clamp camera mount for handlebars or other use

If you want a handlebar mount for your bicycle or motorcycle, here’s an interesting solution: a hose clamp with a 1/4 – 20 flat head screw through it.  This should work with point-and-shoot cameras, or with a GoPro using a Tripod Mount (Amazon).

Besides handlebars, the video after the “read more” lists a snowblower, stroller, cat, and car as mounting possibilities.  I’m not sure how the “cat mount” works, but the others shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. Continue reading

Paper Light Diffuser for your Camera’s Flash

Dog photo using paper light diffuser on flash

A piece of paper was used as a diffuser for this photo

As one progresses into a competent photographer, it seems that lighting is one of the most important factors to getting a great shot.  At least this is my guess; if you’re an actual competent photographer, feel free to chime in via the comments.

I’d never really thought much about it, but a camera’s flash can change an image’s color if it’s too harsh.  This can be illustrated by the difference between the first photo on this page, and the diffused image below this paragraph.

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Non-diffused flash results from Canon T2i

Both of these photos were taken with the Canon T2i’s built-in flash, and Continue reading