Photogate Camera/Flash Trigger

If you’ve ever tried to capture splash shots of objects dropping into a glass tank of water you’ll know that catching the action at the right moment is very hit or miss (mostly miss in my case). While it’s something that you probably get better at with practice the hit ratio is still likely to be pretty low, meaning lots of mopping up and tank glass cleaning between shots with nothing useful captured. To increase …

Arduino Drop Controller

I did a 365 photo project a few years ago in a bid to improve my photography by actually taking more pictures. As the first and last quarters of the project covered the times of year when the hours of daylight are limited at these latitudes and the weather (even in the summer) is often not conducive to trying to shoot outside, I spent a lot of time doing indoor shots. One of the recurring …

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 …

PIR Camera Trigger

If you want to capture pictures of wildlife, one of the big challenges is getting close enough to your subject. This is likely to involve getting into position, camouflaging yourself or building a hide to sit in, and waiting for hours (or days) for your elusive subject to turn up. For those of us that don’t do this for a living, but still want to attempt to get a few decent wildlife pictures for our …