Books on camera/photography are a dime a dozen, but nothing teaches you the basic principles of photography better than a book that’s literally a camera. This Book Is A Camera, published by Museum of Modern Art, is exactly that. It is a book on camera and it is also a camera. In other words, this is a working camera that resides in a pop-up book. Novel! In addition to providing the hardware, AKA a pinhole camera, this book also explains how photographs are made possible through the intrinsic properties of light. Now, we all know the theory, but there isn’t a better way to demonstrate that well-known theory through practical demonstration. Continue reading What Can Teach You The Basics Of Camera Better Than A Book That’s Literally A Camera?
Gigabyte ESSENCE mini-ITX Chassis For Small Form Factor DIY Enthusiasts
Gigabyte new mini-ITX chassis is all about sliding. the chassis boasts a unique frame that lets you slide the motherboard, storage, and power pack into it. it has a power button on the front panel, while the base houses the audio and USB ports. slated for release in Japan starting August 9 for 13,400 Yen. LEARN MORE [via].
LG G Watch Charging Cradle Appears On Google Play
you’d be right to think that this is nothing new; every LG G Watch comes with its own charging cradle, but in the event you need another one or a replacement, there is no need to fumble around cos’ it is available for your taking for just $19.99 over at Google Play store. it’s good to know they have it there. BUY. [via]
Paper Shoot Is A Digital Camera Made Out Of Heavy Paper
this one falls into the lo-fi photography domain, so don’t expect anything spectacular from its 5MP CMOS sensor. mainly made of heavy paper, it measures 12mm thin and weighs just 80g. the fun part is the ‘blank canvas’ which provides a space for you to doodle, put stickers or whatever. 7,560 Yen. BUY. [via]
ROCCAT Skeltr Keyboard Features Smartphone ‘Integration’
ROCCAT has just introduced a gaming keyboard with smartphone ‘integration’, named Skeltr. basically it means, it has a holster to fit any size smartphone so you can use it as a second screen for games that support it, while the rest of keyboard has “most every other function that ROCCAT keyboard has.” $tba. LEARN MORE.
Samsung VR9000H Robovac Will Chase After Laser Pointers
somewhere between a traditional vacuum cleaner and a robotic vacuum cleaner, there is the VR9000H Robovac, which has the ability to follow a laser (think: cat). just use the special laser pointer, point to a spot you want it to clean and it will carry out its task. of course, automatic robot mode is also in order. LEARN MORE.
Wash It Wants You To Ditch Laundry Detergent
yup. go detergent-free. that’s what Wash It wants you to do. just attached it your washing machine and it will turn tap water into a powerful cleaning agent by oxidizing the water to produce activated oxygen and hydroxyl radicals. when the two mixes with water, they react to break up soil and stains. $397. BUY.
we have, at one point in time, been exposed to the fundamental of imaging through DIY pinhole camera, but those examples your school teacher once taught you, were merely child’s play. with the VIDDY DIY Cardboard Pinhole Camera Kit, you will have another chance to do it right and this time, you will get to immortalize the images the pinhole camera captures on medium format or 35mm film. made from recycled cardboard, the VIDDY DIY Cardboard Pinhole Camera Kit comes flatpack with the required parts die-cut and ready to be popped out for assembly. except for a teeny weeny bit of glue required to fix the film advance knobs, the rest of the build is virtually glue-free, held together by split pins, and can be put together in under 30 minutes. Continue reading VIDDY Is A Working, Flatpack Pinhole Camera That You Can Put Together In 30 Minutes
until now, instant photography and lo-fi photography remains as two largely separate worlds, but with Lomography’s latest venture, The Lomo’Instant Camera, it merges the two, offering you the instant gratification with doses of lo-fi photography that Lomography has carved a name for itself. expect to add color filters, take brilliant multiple exposures and long exposures, add Fisheye effects and more, and seeing your work of art appear almost instantly on standard Fujifilm Instax mini film. the camera comes with a built-in wide angle lens boosting 0.4m closest focusing distance, but there are also Fisheye and Portrait lens attachment to further expand your creativity. it has a built-in flash, allowing for auto-flash, as well as manual shooting modes with flash or without flash. Continue reading This Instant Camera Lets You Take Multiple Exposures And Infinite Long Exposures
making animated GIF is the ‘in’ thing today and though the concept of animated GIF is simple, the process of making it is anything but. that’s no biggie cos’ it’s not like you can’t live without it, but what if there is a fun and easy way to animate GIF your life’s images? if ‘why not’ is at the back of your mind, then the OTTO Raspberry Pi-powered Customizable Camera is the imaging device for you. apart from its, funky, almost toy-life design, it is a pretty capable camera which is also hackable (we will come to that later). the star feature, or at least one of the star feature, is obviously the ability to let you create animated GIF and you do so by rotating a hand-crank that resembles the film rewind crank found on an analog camera and, well, that’s about it. Continue reading With This OTTO Camera, Making Animated GIFs Has Never Been Easier
there are three worlds in photography. the first is the digital world, where you get instant gratification in the form of previews. then there is the instant print realm, where you get instant print for instant gratification, and last but not the least, there’s the anti-instant gratification photography in the form of analog photography. among the three worlds, there exists a few in-betweens and the BELAIR X 6-12 Instant Camera Kit is one of them. what it does is as straightforward as the product name is: it turns your BELAIR X 6-12 camera into an instant camera, compatible with Fuji Instax Wide Film. Continue reading The BELAIR X 6-12 Instant Camera Kit
artistic lo-fi style images don’t quite seem to mix with modern digital photography. even with the myriad of photo manipulation apps and software-based creative filters, they somehow still feels, well, too digital and that’s not to mention that some effects like multiple exposures, cannot be fully replicated by a digital camera without some heavy photoshopping, but… that was then. with the Lomography Experimental Lens Kit, which consists of three micro 4/3 digital camera-compatible lenses, it lets you dive in and experience the art of lomo-photography with the instant gratification that modern people craves for. Continue reading Lomography Experimental Lens Kit
while lomography and today’s photoshop prowess can recreate most awesome effects of the past, but there is one truly old school style that we can’t replicate and that is the effect when using the 19th century Petzval lens, as developed by mathematician Professor Joseph Petzval (1807-1891) in 1840. the Petzval lens that Prof Petzval developed has spun off a totally unique photography art form, featuring sharp and crisp center, strong color saturation, swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes, along with narrow depth of field. if you are into analog photography, you must agree that this awesome effect cannot be repeated again using modern equipment – until now. Lomography, the all-thing-analog imaging company, is reviving the Petzval lens with modern day 21st century touches and they are calling it the Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens. Continue reading Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
no self-respecting photographers can call themselves a true photographer without knowing the principle behind photography. for that, you can scour through tons of scholarly books to learn it all, or you could have a little more fun in your learning process with the Lomography Konstrucktor 35mm DIY SLR Camera. nothing beats a hands-on, do-it-yourself session that will definitely let you have a more in depth understanding of how analog photography works. the kit contains everything you need to build a your very own full-functional 35mm SLR camera and all it takes is about 20 minutes of your time. so how much did you say you spent trying to understand the theory? we bet it won’t be in minutes. Continue reading Lomography Konstruktor 35mm DIY SLR Camera
pinhole photography is perhaps the epitome of lo-fi photography, but most pinhole cameras that money can buy are either downright unsightly, or not as solidly built as one might have liked. however, that’s not the case with the ONDU Pinhole Cameras. each of this super analog camera is handcrafted from locally-sourced (in this case, it’s in Slovenia) chestnut and maple wood, and features a basic but elegant form, complete with near-perfect rounded corners. lo-fi photography is just one aspect of these cameras, the other being its design: it is virtually void of screws, with the exception of a lone example that’s use to hinge the shutter. the rest of the camera, including the film winder, are held in place with super strong magnets embedded into the camera. Continue reading ONDU Pinhole Cameras