do it yourself

Find here some projects you can try (at your on risk) in order to build up some accessories for your lab, for your shooting or fixing photographic equipment. All posts report actual experiences that worked fine for me. I hope you find something useful for you too.

Contact printer

Tutorial with video for building up a photography contact printer. That can be used for large format photographs and also for UV alternative/historical processes like Van Dyke Brown, Cyanotype, Gum Dichromate, Salted Paper, Platinum/Palladium among others.

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Build your 4×5″ camera back

Tutorial shows step-by-step and constructive details to make a large format camera back to work with standard film holders, sizes 4x5" and 9x12 cm.

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Bellows project tailor-made for you

Application creates a .pdf for a bellows used on photo cameras of any size. The drawing indicates the cut-and-fold lines in life size. You indicate the measures, pay via Pay Pal and receive the project by email within a few minutes.

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Enlarger head using LEDs

Article presents project to build a black and white photo enlarger head, with timer, using LEDs and Arduino platform. The result is high power and excellent contrast control for black and white work.

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Ground glass loupe, easy and useful

Quite often we want to check focus more carefully in a view camera . To do that, the obvious idea, goes about using something that enlarges the projected image allowing for more precision than with bare eyes to inspect image’s sharpness. Three problems generally arise when using common loupes...

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Measuring lens aperture

  Only at the beginning of the 20th century that all the important makers consistently started to engrave or print the maximum aperture and focal length on their photographic lenses. But the fact is that there are still many interesting vintage glasses from the 19th century that can be used...

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Ground Glass – do it yourself

If you ever gave up about a camera because of missing or broken ground-glass you will regret about it after reading this post. It is very easy to produce a high quality ground-glass for replacement or for a new project for a large-format camera. Nowadays when old processes, old lenses and cameras...

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Flash powder, light a lot with just a little

Everyone has seen a photographer, in movies, burning something that seems to make more smoke than light. That was the flash powder. It consists of a metal part and an oxidant. A mixture that resembles gunpowder. This was used for photography from its very first decades up to nearly mid of the...

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Making new roller-blind shutter cloth

Many old large format lenses, which are very interesting to use, have no built in shutter. They are called lenses in barrel. For a long time the most popular shutter used with them, normally in front of the lens, was the roller-blind type. The system of having a light proof cloth with a window that...

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