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How to Turn Your Phone Into a DIY Photo Projector for $1

31 Jan

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Slide projectors are great but outdated. And digital projectors cost a bundle. What’s a photographer to do when they’re looking for a bigger picture?

We’ll show you how to turn your phone into a photo projector for just $ 1.

Yep, for a buck you can have Instagram on overdrive and Flickr living large.

The project is so easy, you might even have time to sneak in a cat video or two.

Make a DIY Projector for $ 1

Why it’s Cool:

paint-smA phone based projector is a great way to show off your mobile photos and your phone hack savvy.

Just picture laying in bed browsing your feed or watching a movie on a ginormous screen.

A projector provides a new way of looking at your shots, and for $ 1, who can afford not to try this project?

The Ingredients:


  • Shoebox
  • Paperclip
  • Smartphone
  • Magnifying glass (get it for $ 1 at Dollar Tree), or a large aperture lens
  • X-acto knife or similar
  • Electrical or black duct tape


  • Matte black spray paint or black paper


Step 1: Trace a Hole on the Box

paint-smA shoebox or similar will work great for your new projector.

If the inside walls of your box are a bright color, you may want to spray paint them black or tape up some black paper for best image quality.

Once your box is ready, trace the outer edge of your lens or magnifying glass onto one of the short sides of the box.

Step 2: Cut a Hole in That Box

paint-smCut out the inside of the circle you just traced.

You don’t want light leaking around your lens so try not to cut too much.

At the back of your box, cut a small hole for your phone’s power cord.

Step 3: Attach Your Lens

paint-smNow you’ve got a porthole cut in your shoebox its time to stick on that lens.

If your magnifying glass has a handle, you may want to remove it first.

Line up your lens with the hole and apply tape around the entire edge of your lens.

Make sure your lens is held securely and there are no holes between the tape for light to escape.

Step 4: Take a Stand

paint-smWe used this very helpful tutorial to make a stand for our phone out of a paper clip.

Other stand ideas include this ultra-portable Tiltpod, this hand dandy Gorillapod, or this super creative lego stand from this cool tutorial.

Step 5: Flip Your Screen

paint-sm When light passes though a lens (including the lenses in your eyes), it gets flipped, which means the picture from your projector will come out upsidown.

No fear though, we have a fix!

For the iPhone go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on AssistiveTouch.

Once activated, a little white orb will pop that you can drag around the screen.

Click on the orb and go to Device > Rotate Screen.

This will allow you to flip applications like the Photos app which would normally rotate itself right side up.

Andriod users can download the app Ultimate Rotation Control.

Or if all else fails you can just stand on your head.

Step 6: Finding Focus

paint-smIf your walls are plastered with pics you will need to clear out a little space for your projection.

For a screen you could use a white bed sheet, turn a poster around, project onto a shower or window curtain, or just use the bare wall.

Without a focus ring on your magnifying glass you’re going to have to foot focus.

Position your phone in its stand near the back of the box and walk forwards or backwards until your image starts to come into focus.

Once you’ve found a good range you can fine tune focus by moving your phone forwards or backwards in the box.

If you used a camera lens for your projector, you get the bonus of a focus ring that gives you some extra flexibility in terms of screen size and focus distance.

Step 7: Don’t Fight the Light

paint-smIt’s not the power of your projector. It’s how you use it!

For best viewing, turn the screen brightness of your phone all the way up and turn the room lights down.

Set your phone’s photo app to slide show mode for a hands free experience.

Your power cord can go through the hole you cut in the back of the box and a little tape will seal the deal.

Taking it Further

  • Use your magnifying glass to get an up-close perspective on your phones pixels.
  • Try using your computer screen instead of your phone as the display in a new projector project.
  • Check out this crazy sophisticated DIY digital projector that can create a 120″ HD screen!
  • This mini film projector fits in the palm of your hand and was made from an Altoids tin!
  • Leave it to the Japanese to do something this awesome with a projector. Hint: Samurai swords, shadow battles.

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Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses

31 Jan


LensRentals’ Roger Cicala has published an interesting article comparing 24-70mm F2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon and Tamron, using both an optical test bench and Imatest results from Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800E bodies. This provides some insights about the interaction between the sharpness of the lens and resolution of the camera’s sensor, and under what practical circumstances you might see any difference. It’s worth reading for anyone interested in the long-running question: what provides more detail, a higher resolution sensor with a good lens, or a lower resolution sensor with a great lens?   

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Fujifilm updates firmware for X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF 35mm F1.4 R lens

31 Jan


Fujifilm has released firmware updates for both its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras, and the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. The camera updates introduce compatibility with the XF 14mm F2.8 R wideangle lens, and promise improved autofocus performance. Version 1.04 for the X-E1 also includes tweaks for users of external remote releases or the MIC-ST1 stereo microphone. Meanwhile v2.02 for the XF 35mm lens promises better autofocus accuracy, and requires the latest camera firmware to be fully effective. Click through for more details and download links.  

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Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM | Lens Review

31 Jan

A test of a Canon EF 135 mm f/2 L USM lens on a Canon 550D (T2i). These clips are unedited and straight out of the camera using stock settings and the standard color profile. My friend let me borrow this lens for an afternoon and I must say, I’m VERY impressed. Sorry about the shaky movements while focusing, my tripod is terrible. The first thing I noticed was the extremely thin DOF at f/2. As you get closer to MFD, the background simply melts away; something that’s quite desirable among filmmakers. The other thing that struck me was how sharp this lens was at f/2. I didn’t notice any softness wide open. I also didn’t notice and CA. Autofocus on this lens is quick as well. Focusing manually is extremely easy as the focusing ring is large and moves smoothly. It’s tough to find a lens this fast and sharp. At a very reasonable price of around 0 used (0 new), this is a must-buy. Thanks for watching, please let me know how I can improve and what lenses you’d like to see next. Song: The T2i produces the same video as the T3i. (and similar video and FOV with this lens on the 7D, Ti1, 50D, 60D, and various Nikons and other cameras with 1.5x & 1.6x crop factors.)
Video Rating: 4 / 5

This clip for pro camera, how to use dial as multi-selector.
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Studio Lighting Basics

31 Jan Everyone wants to learn studio lighting! It can be the pinnacle of photography: being able to control every nuance of a photograph from the quality of light to the person’s pose. Control also requires the experience to create a good image. My video today I go over how to get started in studio photography with building your own lighting kit and some basic posing techniques I use on a regular basis.


Episode 370 – 29-08-2004

31 Jan

Manas assures Abhimanyu that she should be fine and they will have to wait till she regains her consciousness. An upset Abhimanyu pleads with Simran to come around at least for the sake of their daughter. Nagma tells Manu that she will go away but he asks her not to. Saurabh returns to India. Pranay and Rashmi inform him about Simran. The doctor says that there sa possibility of Simran going into a coma. Mrs. Saxena informs Neha about Simran s accident. Abhimanyu is about to leave Simran s side but she holds him back and regains consciousness. Simran asks her father where her mother and Kavita are. Everyone is shocked.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Gauri pacifies Simran by asking her whether Manu would be happy hurting her. Simran replies that Manu is all alone, so Gauri must stay with her. Manas informs Urmila about Simran and says that Simran must have been worked up before the accident too. Saurabh suggests to Abhimanyu to go home and rest. Rashmi tells Simran that Abhimanyu hasn t gone home from the time she s been unwell. Simran asks him to go home and give some time to Neha and Radha. Neha phones Mrs. Saxena to say that Abhimanyu is at her place and is asleep. Radha watches Neha gently massaging Abhimanyu s forehead. When the maid does not turn up, Nagma volunteers to cook so that Manu and Gauri can go to the hospital. Simran wakes up and starts getting violent.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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Nikon D3100 – Street Night Time lapse

31 Jan

Time lapse of a suburban street at night around dusk with examples of various edits of the same time lapse sequence to illustrate how you can make things a little more interesting. I used my Nikon D3100 with a Hahnel Giga T Pro intervalometer remote. ISO=800, Shutter Speed= 1.6s and Aperture= F5.6
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Short Film – Tomato 1.0

31 Jan

133. And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2). 134. Those who spend [in Allah’s Cause – deeds of charity, alms, etc.] in prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men; verily, Allah loves Al-Muhsinun (the good-doers). 135. And those who, when they have committed Fahishah or wronged themselves with evil, remember Allah and ask forgiveness for their sins; – and none can forgive sins but Allah – And do not persist in what (wrong) they have done, while they know. 136. For such, the reward is Forgiveness from their Lord, and Gardens with rivers flowing underneath (Paradise), wherein they shall abide forever. How excellent is this reward for the doers (who do righteous deeds according to Allah’s Orders). Ali-Imran:3:133-136 ___________________________________________________________ This film was all shot by the Nikon D7000 with Rode VideoMic attached on top. Most of the shots were done with the Nikkor 16-85mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G, Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.4D, Nikkor 35mm ƒ/1.8G and Samyang 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye. The smooth shots were done with a Glidecam HD-2000. All footages were edited and composed in Adobe After Effects & Adobe Premiere Pro. Filmed in Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China. Iklan penaja: REAL Nutrition Only Comes From REAL Food


Episode 657 – 29-12-2005

31 Jan

Simran assures Sia that she will not let her engagement with Siddhant be broken. Saurabh explains to Simran that Abhimanyu will accept Siddhant only if the latter is proved innocent. Sia asks Saroj whether she can present papers of another hospital in court as proof of her abdominal treatment. A flustered Saroj agrees. Saurabh taunts Abhimanyu that no matter how much a man changes, his basic thoughts and class do not. Yash proposes marriage to Sakshi. Yash later suggests to Simran that they give Sakshi a surprise birthday party the next day. Hearing Yash, Simran gets nostalgic about Abhimanyu.

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CP+ 2013 – Micro Four Thirds lenses from Tamron and Olympus

31 Jan


CP+ 2013: Tamron is showing off it newly-announced 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III VC, stabilized superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, while Olympus has a revised version of its 75-300mm F4.8-6.7. While Tamron hasn’t yet announced the price or availability of the 14-150mm, the prototype it has on display is working and the company gave us a hint about how much it will charge.

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