Tools, Tools, Tools: Electronics

If you’re tempted to build electronics projects similar to some of the ones I’ve described in this blog, there’s no escaping the fact that you’re going to need some tools. Not necessarily a lot of tools, but there are a few things you can’t do without and a few others that will just make your life as a builder a whole lot easier. For building and modifying electronics, the main tools I use are listed …

LEDs: The Colour of Light

In my previous post I was trying to order my thoughts on how much power I needed for the LED lights I’m about to build. This post is going to look at the quality of that light. For LED lights this is mostly quoted as the CRI, or colour rendering index. This is effectively a measure of colour accuracy and is measured on a scale from 0 to 100. To get a score of 100, …

LEDs: The Power of Light

I’m about to start work on a slight overhaul of my lighting equipment, firstly because I hardly have any continuous lighting at the moment and secondly because my studio flashes are a bit big and unwieldy for lighting small subjects. I do have a bunch of portable shoe-mount strobes, which are quite versatile, especially when they’re used with the flexible strobe trigger I built a while ago, but I’m feeling the need for some revamped …

Arduino Basics

Several of my photography builds are based on the Arduino, as it provides a very versatile and low-cost platform that mostly avoids having to design discrete electronics for basic sensing and timing functions. Getting set up to build with an Arduino is very simple and doesn’t need a background in electronics or computing. However, starting out can be a bit daunting if you’ve never used one before, so this is a quick guide to what …