We recently took a look at some of the best camera hacks that will save you tons of money. Today we’ve decided to turn things up a notch and progress to the next level! If you’re the kind of person who loves to take things apart to find out how they work, you’ll love the ingenious camera hacks below.
1. Repurpose an old digital camera macro for photography
2. Create your own DIY webcam
Many computers already have a built in camera, but if yours doesn’t, you can easily create one yourself! If you have an old digital camera that has video capture and video output capability, a computer with video input, and an adjustable grip tripod (which are available to buy at around ?20), you’ll easily be able to make your own webcam without breaking a sweat.
3. Build your own infrared camera
In this post, Pieter Albertyn goes into great detail about how to create an infrared camera from your old point-and-shoot digital camera. It can get quite fiddly, so be prepared to set aside a couple of hours for this hack!
4. Create your own (affordable) thermal imaging camera
If you’ve ever considered buying a thermal imaging camera, but you don’t own one, there’s probably a reason why not. They’re incredibly expensive. But fret not as buying one isn’t your only option if you have your heart set on owning one — you can make your own, and the kit you’ll need to make one is much more affordable!
Max Justicz is the genius behind creating the DIY thermal imaging camera. With some RGB LED flashlights, an infrared thermometer, and some patience, you too could be light painting with temperature. Read Max’s guide to making the kit .
5. Give an old lens a new lease of life
We love this camera hack by photographer and film maker Jason Bognacki, which gives a new lease of life to beautiful old camera gear. In this case, Jason combined his 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folding camera with his Canon 5D for some stunning results. He says, «It is truly a magical thing to hold something so old in your hand and see it come back to life and produce images again.»
6. Lumix G1 working with an ancient lens
Jason isn’t the only person to have a passion for bringing old and cameras lenses back to life. Yuji Takahasi attached an old lens from the early 1900s to his Lumix G1 using leather and velcro among a couple of other materials. And voila! Here are the results.
7. Stunning aerial photography using drones
Aerial photography could well be the next big trend in photography. Photographer Eric Cheng has done some extensive work and testing with quadcopters and cameras in order to try and capture the best results from his aerial photography. You can see all about his work on his new website Skypixel. and you can also take a look at photographs from his entire build process on Google Plus .
8. Aerial shots using a hacked Lumix GH2 and hexacopter
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