Open Source Camera Fun with the Photoduino
Have you ever tried doing some creative photography only to get frustrated because the end product didn’t turn out quite as well as the wonderful concept you thought of? Then you’ll be interested in the Photoduino.
Photoduino is the open source camera controller which is based on the Arduino platform and allows you to automatically take pictures with your DSLR camera.
Its main purpose is to serve as technical support for shooting high-speed photos, but you can use as intervalometer, which is a device which counts intervals of time. (Other names include interval meter and interval timer). Such devices commonly are used to signal, in correct time intervals, the operation of some other device. For instance, an intervalometer might activate something every 30 seconds, to make ”Timelapse” videos or for taking photographs of animals or insects.
Photoduino is an electronic circuit that is placed on an Arduino board as a “shield” taking all inputs, outputs and power pins. It has all the necessary electronic components and connectors for connecting the camera, flashes and sensors.
It allows you to control the shutter and camera autofocus and can trigger two flashes if you have them connected. It also features a sound sensor, a shock/impact sensor and a laser or infra-red barrier that can be used to take pictures when an event is registered in the sensor. With the additional Solenoid Valve Interface you can generate droplets directly from Photoduino.
The configuration is done entirely through a small LCD screen using only two buttons, so it works independently without the need for a computer, except for firmware updates.
This is something I want to try and shall probably invest in this. Be warned though, as is most often the case when it comes to photography accessories, the Photoduino isn’t cheap! If you go for the full kit you could be looking at a price somewhere in the region of £160, though this is actually relatively cheap. You do need to solder it all together yourself though. If it’s something you fancy trying make sure you check that it’s compatible with your camera first, most major brands and models are though.
Check out the Photoduino, where you can find all sorts of goodies including a shop to buy the kit from and a gallery of photographs taken while using it!
Source: PhotoDuino Homepage