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$25,000 Holga

Posted October 22, 2009 in Camera Hacking & DIY

Holga-Cam of the Apocalypse by RoFi Mike. Made without any cutting, the “Holga-Cam of the Apocalypse” is the product of my love for low-tech experimentation and obsession with cutting edge technology. There are more descriptions and photos of the camera itself in this set, and photos from the camera in the Holgapocalyptiphotos set. The camera [...]

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Filmtagger: free tagging software for film scans

Posted January 3, 2009 in Random

The description for Sverrir Valgeirsson‘s free Filmtagger software says it all: Filmtagger is an application for those of us that still like to shoot film but use the computer to manage our photo collection. Filmtagger makes it easy to embed EXIF, XMP or IPTC information in the scanned images about camera used, film, ISO, lens, [...]

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Insane new image colorization interface & algorithm

Posted November 7, 2007 in Extra Geeky

Here’s the abstract of a paper by Anat Levin, Dani Lischinski, and Yair Weiss: Colorization is a computer-assisted process of adding color to a monochrome image or movie. The process typically involves segmenting images into regions and tracking these regions across image sequences. Neither of these tasks can be performed reliably in practice; consequently, colorization [...]

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"Digital Alternatives" digital/alt process workshop, NYC

Posted January 26, 2007 in Workshops

This 10 week class at ICP in New York City, meets on Fridays from 10am to 1pm starting on February 2nd. It is called Digital Alternatives, but we will be going back and forth between the digital lab and the alternative lab, using all aspects of photography to create work. Paper negatives, digital negatives, historical [...]

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DSLRs and pinholes made from film: a match made in heaven

Posted January 25, 2007 in Camera Hacking & DIY + Pinhole

I posted the other day about Roger Cline‘s instructions for making perfect pinholes and zone plates using graphic arts film, which is totally sweet on its own. Repeatable and perfect pinholes? YES! But wait! There’s more! I just realized that Cline’s method is a huge boon for people who shoot digital. It’s easy and cheap [...]

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Film is digital and digital is analog

Posted January 12, 2007 in Op-Ed

Think you’re cutting edge and cool because you lead an up-to-the-minute digital lifestyle and shoot digital because film is old? Fuck you! Think you’re more virtuous than the unwashed infidel masses because you shoot film and only listen to music on vinyl? Fuck you, too! Of course if you’re in either of these groups, you’re [...]

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Leica digital lens code database

Posted December 5, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

There’s now a growing database of Leica’s lens codes for use on the M8. Why pay $120 and wait 6–8 weeks to have Leica code your lenses when you can do it yourself with a marker? Check out this how-to by Mike Prevette on the Leica user forums for details. Previous posts on the subject: [...]

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Digital discontent, or, I bitch about Canon

Posted September 24, 2006 in Op-Ed

A friend and I went shooting yesterday at a local park. The group behind the park are applying for a grant and wanted some photos for the application, so we grabbed a Canon 20D and a few lenses and set off, thinking that digital’s convenience would be a clear win in terms of delivery speed, [...]

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How to make a cable release and serial port cable for the Canon Digital Rebel & Rebel XT

Posted June 12, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

"How to make an (electrical) cable release for the Canon Digital Rebel and how to trip the camera’s shutter with your computer’s serial port. Applicable also to some other Canons (e.g., Digital Rebel XT)." Read instructions at Covington Innovations Via MAKE Blog

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Leica M lenses coding for digital

Posted June 10, 2006 in Kit/Equipment

Digital Photography Review write: Leica has announced that all new M system lenses will carry a new 6-bit code (painted in black/white dots) which will allow the upcoming digital M camera to identify which len is being used (up to 64 in 6-bit coding) and also to store this information in image metadata. As well [...]

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