Makerbot Replicator Mini

Decision Made – Time To Buy A 3D Printer!

After starting starting the CNC machine build & having redesigned the gantry several times, the project has stalled & will be stalled for the foreseeable future. So I need something else in my life to scratch that itch – it has to be a 3D printer!

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Box - geeky visual trickery

Box – Amazing visual trickery

An amazing display of technology using real time projection mapping, robot arms & 3D computer graphics…what else could you possibly want?

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MDF DIY CNC Router

DIY CNC Router – Birth of a new project

A few years ago I built a DIY CNC router using MDF & other cheap, easily available materials. I intended to post info on that machine, but in reality I was never truly happy with the machine even after numerous mods, upgrades and improvements…bring on the new project.

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Coral Fungi

Autumn Magic – Mushrooms in the Woods

With the change in season, Autumn brings one of my favorite photography subjects – Fungi. I made myself get out for a Saturday morning to go rumaging through the forest to photograph whatever fungi I could find.

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Canon 450D - Digital SLR Camera

A beginners guide to digital SLR camera exposure settings

So you’ve bought yourself a shiny new digital SLR, its covered in buttons, gizmos & a screen full of menus which all have their uses….but what about the basic settings & what effect do they actually have in the real world?

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Visaton Clou Speaker

Monacor spikes installed on the Visaton Clou loudspeakers

After a bit of a wait, I finally found the time to install the Monacor spikes onto the Visaton Clou loudspeakers…so was it worth while, did it make a difference? You bet yer sweet daddio it did!

Before I bit the bullet & installed the Monacor loudspeaker spikes, I did a quick trawl on the interweb to do a little research to make sure that speaker spikes are actually a worth while upgrade. It seems that there are a few contradicting thought processes behind what they actually achieve…regardless of the theory, most people see them as a positive addition.

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Photography Gel Swatches

How to make a simple strobe gel holder

If you’ve done any reading on the net about strobe photography, you will have seen mention of the use of gels to change the colour of the light that your strobe or flash emits. Most websites say to use tape or velcro to hold the gel onto your strobe (see more on strobist or diy photography) – this seems a tad unnecessary to me, and if you’re like me & want to use the free gel sample packs that you can get from most photography shops, this isn’t really an option…..another method is required, bring on the Simple gel holder.

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DIY Lighting Modifiers

Lighting Modifiers, an introduction

If you do any googling around the interweb reading about photography, you’re likely to see talk or mention of lighting modifiers. The next logical step from seeing a mention on a piece of must have equipment is to trawl a couple of online photography shops to look at prices, or to scan through ebay – your next reaction is normally one of shock horror as the prices are more than you would perhaps expect….but does it really need to be this expensive?…I don’t think so – enter the DIY photography lighting modifiers.

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