for photography - links
DHZ voor fotografie - links
update sept 14
page was written in a mix of english and dutch. New entries of sites
in english will get an english comment from now on. I hope this will
be more convenient for the growing amount of foreign visitors. (90+
nationalities, according to my stats)
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Deze pagina is geschreven in een mix van in ieder geval engels en
nederlands. Toevoegingen van engelse sites zal ik voorzien van een
And please mail me if some link
does not link (anymore). Or when you have a link that I should include.
can be serious DIY too ;-)
- so in this column there are some links to my artwork -
simplest DIY photo project is pinhole photography. Kids,
adults, artists (combining the two), all love it.
Building your own camera (or adapting an existing one) is VERY simple.
Some pinhole camera builders move on to things even greater and bigger.
Another World - van Eric Renner en Nancy Spencer. They started
the pinhole revival single-handedly. The introduction in taking pictures
through a hole. classic
Photography - History, Images, Cameras, Formulas. - Jon Grepstad.
(see below also for his camera builders faq etc etc.) classic
Photographic Images -George L Smyth. Infrared, pinhole, and alternative
process photographic images and articles. Includes:
Pinhole FAQ - Larry Bullis, Tom Lindsay, Guillermo Peñate.
- Clint O'Connor. Pinhole's, Holga modifications, Holga pinhole, 6x16
pano pinhole, zone-plate.
Making pinhole cameras
and exposure guides - Byron James Bignell. He maintains a large pinhole
gallery on his site.
Can pinhole camera - Ed Buffaloe. Simple camera.
Beyond the hole: the lens. Large Format camera's etc.
x 5", 8" x 10" and other cameras - Doug Bardell.
Projects that I have plans for, $ 10/ $ 15 each :
Bracket panoramic (vertical) 35mm Nikon; enlarger 12x12 Field camera;
4x5 double extension, triple extension; field camera 6x9 double extension,
field camera 8x10 double extension w/slide; film loader 35mm bulk; film
washer 35 - 120; film washer 4x5; monorail 6x9; 6x17; mounting press;
panoramic camera 6x12; 6x17; pinhole camera 6x7 90' internal shutter;
pinhole camera 6x7 120'; pinhole camera 6x9 65'; 6x9 80'; 6x9 100';
6x9 120'; 6x17 120'; 6x17 135'; 6x17 140'; pinhole camera 4x10 paper
negative 100'; 8x10 paper negative 100'; 8x20 paper negative 100'; print
easel for 8x10 and 8x20"(panoramic); print washer 8x10"; roll
film back (removable insert); safe light test; shutter mechanical B
- 1/25; tripod head double axis 4x5-8x10. - How to grind ground glass.
DIY bellows! DHZ balgen! Hoe maak je matglas.
Interesting Distance Meter - Edward J. Ramaley: a simple distance
meter, or rangefinder. As stated in the article, "It costs nothing,
and may be made in half an hour, but when used with due care, it transforms
a fine pair of eyes into a good distance gage that needs no apology."
[Originally published in "American Photography", February
1939. Now at the site of Don Fleming.
Also at Don Fleming's site: the DofMaster. Depth of field scales are
elegant tools for quickly and easily calculating depth of field and
hyperfocal distance. Unfortunately, lens manufacturers don't engrave
scales on lenses anymore. Now you can use DOFMaster to make your own
your own lens. Claudio Bonavolta. It's
possible to build a simple lens with very few elements.
He also has a films dryer. Unfortunately he made the same mistake I
did: he built it with the heater on top instead of at bottom. A good
light table and a nice sink in a well laid out darkroom, all with some
good equipment. Note the filter unit. And check his paper
formicula 18x24 - Rudolf Mittelmann. Large-Format Camera Construction.
This is my home-built view camera, a monorail construction with full
adjustment capability. It is rock solid, but not too heavy to be carried
Monorail Large Format Camera
- Phil McCourt. - I have found that making a camera is a process of
failures to get to an end product that will do what you want it to do.
If you try to make the perfect camera the first
time, chances are it will never get done.
4x5 Cameras - Daniel Rhoades. This site is to show how I built my
4X5 camera and hopefully help you to build one as well. I built everything
on this system, from the body to the ground glass to the bellows. I
am currently working on my second camera and have plans for a 4X5 enlarger.
The future may even hold a hand built tripod. - He has a good bellows
Wooden 4x5 View Camera - Mikko Oksalahti. - My obsession to achieve
razor sharp black and white images with grainless tones finally got
to me and I decided to get myself a 4x5 view camera. Browsing the web
for new and used view cameras made me realize I was soon to part with
a considerable amount of money.- So he built one himself.
Camera Construction Plans - James Vail (see also the ultimate diy
project near the bottom of this page)
An 8x10 and a refurbished Speed, with lots of drawings. Also: pages
absolutely packed with data on film; filters; b&w; paper; exposure
Hobo - the Hobo started out as a diy project, but is now selling
at $ 600 and up.
4x 5 inch,
scale focusing, millennium proof, point
& shoot camera. - Julian Oliver Bell. More or less inspired by the
Hobo. Without the expense of buying a rack and pinion system, a helix
or a lathe, I have made a scale focusing system (and the rest of the
camera) out of stuff bought basically out of the local hardware store
or hobby shop.
Check out his pinhole camera's made from a scanner box and a hp deskjet
- Georg Holderied. Large Format the cheap way. I have built a large
format camera out of a cardboard box as a means to assess coverage of
some lenses I had bought. The resulting images are better than I expected.
Check out his SX70 hackers guide (see below)
view camera and enlarger - Fabio Quadarella. Two 4"x5"
view cameras and one camera-enlarger system, completely handbuilt by
myself. My favourite hobbies are desining and making wooden field cameras.
Building a View Camera - John Grepstadt is the web nestor of the
view camera builders. he maintains the View Camera Builders FAQ and
the Large Format Mailing List, among others. Also on his site: a doorviewer
180 degree fish-eye 110 camera. A lightbox
Photographic - The Bender DIY view camera FAQ.
612 wide camera - just a picture
G. Carboni built himself a very nice swing
lens panorama camera using a 75mm Tessar from a Rolleiflex. Extensive
Built 360 Degree Field of View Panorama Cameras - Lars Larsen. Why
spend thousands of dollars to buy a panorama camera when you can build
one at home?
Motor - David Grenewetzki. To automate the panorama process with
the DC20 camera, I designed and built a small machine The camera turns
45 degrees and takes a photo. This is repeated until eight pictures
have been taken to cover the full 360 degrees.
Not a Roundshot
but it cost a lot less.
- Graham Brown. Nikon 20mm lens, gears from a dead processing machine,
motor from a toy truck.(Earlier attempts.) Recent one: roller drive
camera with 40mm & 80mm Hasselblad lenses.
enlarger - Alan Zinn van de Lookaround
diy 360 panorama camera a $600 kit.
of the alternative processes are DIY by nature.
A hilarious one:
Your Own Shroud of Turin - Fake? Fact? Photograph? - Joe Nickell,
Popular Photography,November 1979, Volume 85, Number 5, p. 97.) This
one is easy!
(Cyanotypes) - Wendy Mukluk. Part of a good site with some pinhole
and more. The Turin Shroud article is on her site too.
Alternative Photographic Process FAQ - Gordon J. Holtslander. The
purpose of this FAQ is to introduce the novice to the field of alternative
photographic processes. Alternative photographic processes are usually
considered to be any photographic process that does not use the methods
and technology of current silver -gelatin materials.
maken - Jeannette Schols.
digital camera's a lot of the old tricks are easier than ever.
What you see is what you get!
But also a lot of things we take for granted on a conventional camera,
like a thread to screw your filter in or a connector for your cable
release, are missing on the small digitals.
Projects - Gene F. Rhodes. On his site he shows a wide range of
diy projects: White LED Ring Light; Macro Ring Light; 3D Microscope
ring light; Ring Flash Substitute ; Fluorescent Ring Light; Light
Box; Flash/Fisheye; iridoscope; Pinhole; several 35 mm panorama cameras.
Macro-projects; panorama projects; orthographic projects.
Lots of adapters and supports for the Coolpix 900/950; a cable release;
a rotating plate panorama adapter; panorama bracket; swing flash bracket;
lcd-viewer, cut from a Rubbermaid drawer organizer;
The Gadget Meister
- Al Jacobson. "I never met a gadget I didn't like. And I never
had one I didn't try to change". (I know it sounds like me, but
it is not me.) The Improved Jacobs Battery Pack; chargers; brackets.
mogelijkheden met de digitale camera - Monte Gardenier. Gebruik
een telescoop, verrekijker, vergrootglas en spiegels om andere foto's
met je digitale camera te maken.
950 Accessories - Denny Cannon. Astro pictures using Nikon CP
950/C-8: mount the coolpix on a telescope. A cable release. A simple
but effective way to copy slides and negatives with the CP 950. Build
a lcd viewer from a Titralac Antacid bottle and a travel-size Johnson's
Baby Powder bottle. Yea, I know it looks like a Klingon Starship.
;-) Nice and simple stuff, all adaptable to other camera's.
deflectors for the CP950 - Bryan D. K. Biggers. They are very
light, and press fit to the CP950. Moderate the effects of the CP950
flash, the overexposure problem on close shots, and the red eye problem.
Adaptable to other camera's. Also: tips on how to use an external
(or internal) flash.
+ Metz - Juri Munkki (from Cameraid)
- Coolpix 950 connected to a Metz Mecablitz 40 MZ-3i with an AS-E900
and a modified Stitz bracket.
Release Bracket - David
Coles. Made for the Coolpix, this fits most digitals.
release connector for digital camera - Many times when you using
tripod you need to push shutter without shaking the camera. In professional
cameras there is a mechanical or electrical connector for plug-in
cable release. Unfortunately many digital cameras (even they cost
as much as the 35 mm Pro) have no way to add such remote shutter.
decided to build a simple add-on device for the cable release for
Canon S10. Using the same idea you can build similar one for almost
Tricks - Bob Reurink. Het touwtjesstatief komt hier weer op voor.
Verder fish-eye via een kerstbal; het bonenzakje; de verrekijker;
ademen op je lens als softfocus; en je kan ook vaseline op je lens
smeren voor hetzelfde. Hm, terechte naam.
webcam cookbook - Webcasting is easy. The Webcam Cookbook will
show you how. All you need is a camera and a computer. We'll explain
how to set up a webcam for stills or video, how to teleconference
and how to connect your webcam to a cellphone. Broadband wireless,
panoramics and 3D are also covered. Think of the possibilities. You
could mount a web cam on a bike, transmitting images via cell phone.
- Airborne Photoreconnaisance on a Budget - Dr. Bradford B. Behr.
Ever got an Airtek Pencam for a present? They are not worthless at
all: you can make it fly! Nice movies.
a site in french and english totally devoted to hack webcams to hook
them up to telescopes. Digital camera's for pennies! I went that route
myself within a day of buying my first webcam. The result is still
Wandel used a flatbed scanner for a camera. He also builds Lego
or marble machines! Have a look on a rainy afternoon! Beware of cannon
experiments. He started in 1985: Primitive Commodore 64 drum
scanner and a -pin dot matrix printer (1986).
has a brother:
Markus... Who built his own shutter tester. - No schematics, as
it's a pretty trivial circuit, I just made it up as I went. That sort
of guy ;-)
story about the saw mills is pretty impressive as well. And the story
about the tunnels at Matthias' site, I can totally relate to that!
- many articles and projects of the Rochester Institute of Technology
in Kodak City. Famous for their experiments with everything with a lens.
They hack scanners, camera's, copiers. Everything about making pictures
- vele artikelen en beschrijvingen van cursussen en projecten van het
Rochester Institute of Technology in Kodak City. Vooral beroemd om de
experimenten met alles waar een lens op zit. Ze hacken scanners en camera's.
Alles over flitsen om kogels e.d. te fotograferen. Classic.
Flash Photography For Amateur Photographers - Loren M. Winters.
Here also the technique for firing your flash with a tape recorder.
- Hier is ook te vinden hoe je een recorder gebruikt om je flits te
Speed Photography - Andrew Davidhazy. classic
Info Center - Don Klipstein. Lots of information related to many
forms of lighting.
Basic and advanced theory, and other wisdom including troubleshooting
and repair hints. Info on incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, compact-fluorescent,
and also HID lamps such as mercury, metal halide, high pressure sodium,
and short arc lamps; neon, low-pressure-sodium, oddballs such as green
neon lamps; various UV lamps and carbon arcs. Build or hack your strobes.
Lots of circuitry. On the same site is:
Sam's Strobe FAQ - Samuel M. Goldwasser. Notes on the Troubleshooting
and Repair of Electronic Flash Units and Strobe Lights.
- Sebastian Laiblin. Wie man mit einer Soundkarte und einer 5,-DM-Schaltung
Verschlusszeiten misst. How to measur shutter-speed with your soundcard
and a $3-wiring. duits en engels.
of Camera Shutter Speeds Using Household* Equipment. Another one.
(*) Note: "household" is defined herein to include a computer
with a sound card and a Radio Shack nearby. J. Cunningham. (Off line?)
Trade secrets of
camera repair -
Ed Romney. Manuals and repair manuals, mostly reprints. Courses in camera
repair. Some tips online.
Foam Installation Guide - What is the state of the foam in your
classical camera? Has the light trap foam undergone that unique transmutation
to black goo? Here is some more advice.
Repair Faq - begun by Michael Covington, now by R. Lee Hawkins,
it deals mainly with Olympus, but it has general chapters also. Renew
back foam; remove fungus. How can I modify my camera to use 1.55-volt
silver oxide batteries instead of 1.35-volt mercury batteries?
and fixing light leaks - Q.-Tuan Luong for the Large Format Page.
Some photographers (like me) are plagued by these problems, which are
among the worse frustrations of LF. Some have never experienced them.
There are zillions of different sources of light leaks. How to find
them and what to do about them.
a DOF calculator for your camera -
Masayoshi Hayashi for The Large Format Page. How to make a Sinar-style
DOF calculator for your large format camera. One actual example for
a geared focus knob on the Arca Swiss F-line Classic 4x5 is worked out
for your reference. The step-by-step instructions which follow can be
applied to any camera.
Hacker's Guide to the Polaroid SX70 - Georg Holderied. The SX-70
is one of the most sophisticated consumer articles ever made. It is
the down to earth equivalent of the Hubble space-telescope.The SX-70
is not a Leica, it is neither expensive nor rare. Pinhole with polaroid;
aperture control with studio strobes; double exposures.
- John Yeo. Tripod mount. Bulb/Time shutter.
Where is John?
Quack - Diverse Tutorials - Duits en engels. Pagina over het gebruik
van de bouwlamp in de studio. The use of tungsten halogen in the studio.
the Pizza Wheels - The Stock Solution. Removing the Ejection Rollers
(Pizza Wheels) on Epson Printers.
How to build a simple/less simple telescope
- G. Carboni. The fun science site - home of the amateur scientist.
Further: a stereoscope; a stereo microscope using an old zoom lens and
an old pair of binoculars: a stereo-zoom
microscope is a stereoscopic microscope in which the variation of
magnification is continuous.
Kite Aerial Photography they all tinker a lot. All grandchildren
Batut, the french inventor from Labruguière.
KAP Kite Aerial Photography - van Charles C. Benton. Kite aerial
photography involves an interesting blend of mechanical and electrical
components ranging from kites to cameras and remote-control radios.
It is definitely an activity suited to those that like to "putter"
with things. On the other hand, a KAP rig can be designed using components
purchased off the shelf and assembled with a minimum of fuss. Aangeraden
Nasa Kite Project - Brooks Leffler. Low cost DIY rig with good manual
and sample pictures.
Aerial Photography - Simon Harbord. A micro KAP system; 3D; robotic
KAP, using Lego mindstorms. He used to fly a helium blimp and has some
good notes about that.
System - David Grenewetzki. Not a Kite. But an A.R.F. almost ready
to fly Thunder Tiger Windstar glider with a Cox .049 engine mounted
in a pod above the wing. I selected the unused throttle channel of my
radio to control the camera while two other channels were used to control
rudder and elevator. The picture taking process is all electronic -
no mechanical servos were kludged to "press" the shutter release.
This site also features a photo gallery showcasing the best in remote
controlled photography from airplanes, gliders, helicopters, rockets,
robots, hovercraft, and kites.
de OM4 synchro
is dedicated to photography darkrooms, with over 100 articles about
building darkrooms and accessories, and darkroom techniques. Classic.
Wat is er nodig
om thuis af te drukken? - Wim Wiskerke. Een badkamer, een ruim
toilet, de logeerkamer of een kelderkast: een donkere kamer kan bijna
overal ingericht worden. Een lijstje met alle basics.
Aligning your enlarger - lijn je vergroter uit met behulp van
- Is your Darkroom Safe. Gezondheid en veiligheid in de doka.
Bulk Loading FAQ by Josh Wand. Wat is bulk loading? Kopen en verwerken
van film per meter.
MF Film Using 35mm Scanners - Helmut Dersch - Middenformaat scannen
in 35mm scanners.
a Course - Basisregel voor een cursus of lezing. Philip Greenspun
Davidhazy - Course Evaluation Summary Report 1998-1999 - Een mooi
voorbeeld van een docent die zijn beroep serieus neemt. Hij onderhoudt
de enorme site van het RIT.
Where to buy lenses and stuff:
is more a toys; novelties and gadgets store, but has some nice things.
A bit like Nature et Découverte or Discovery World
American Science &
Surplus Warehouse looks promising. Has lots of lenses.
Conrad is more about
everything electric, and has some nice stuff in kits. Lots of batteries.
It is in german or dutch.
(They used to have some shops in Holland.) Conrad is like Radio Shack,
but german i.e. more; bigger; better!
/ Micro-Tools - for all camera tools, spanners, tweezers, lens suction
cups; leather; adhesives; batteries, but even lathes. They also have
a german branch.
And now seem to accept orders in about 7 languages.
Steve K Grimes
- Twenty-five years experience with cameras, lenses and shutters: Steve
Grimes & Co. provide specific solutions: Accessories, Repairs, Custom
machining and Modifications. We enjoy a challenge!
If you just look
at the men and their
machines, you know it's true!
Inc. manufactures the Shutter-Beam and the ADDjust A Sec., photographic
equipment that uses infra-red beam and sound triggering to photograph
high speed subjects. They are also in the beginning stages of producing
High Speed Strobes. They have a nice how to page about IR and sound
ultimate DIY project: How to Open and Operate a Photography Business
- James Vail. It's a book in pdf format.
- I have written a sizable book on running a photography business that
is to be a stand alone guide to the photographic professional at any
level. A tremendous amount of research has gone into this 90 page manuscript
but if anyone is helped by it, my effort is repaid. I tried to include
all facets of the business from taxes and finance to invoice forms.
The lighting setup for this one consists of two slide projectors.
Slide mounts with small scraps of Lee filter produce every color you ever
of page .
iedereen nu maar zijn eenmaal gepubliceerde document liet staan
op de plaats waarheen de oorspronkelijke url wees, dan zou het leven
een stuk eenvoudiger zijn ;-).
Philip Greenspun schrijft voor: never change a location on the web.
Iedereen die een link heeft bijgedragen: bedankt!
To every contributor: thanks!