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Making Use of All That School Work

Journal Entry: Tue May 12, 2009, 6:09 PM

I have a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Yeah, I'm one of those people...  Anyway, a couple of years ago I made a basic remote shutter for my camera using two buttons and a switch, then stuffed it all into an empty film canister.  It works great for my needs and is small enough I can always keep it in my camera bag.

However, a couple of weeks ago I was browsing online and came across Canon's digital remote.  You know, the one where you can set interval times, number of exposures, and all that other stuff.  I looked at the price and was stunned.  I thought to myself, I bet I could make the exact same thing for 30 bucks!  So, that's just what I'm doing.  I had most of what I needed already, so after buying a small lcd display and one night of programming, I'm just about done with the prototype (I'm still waiting for a couple of parts I ordered to finish it completely).  Then I'll have to solder it all together and stuff it into some sort of box.  I'm still not quite sure how much I'll use it.  I probably won't be taking it everywhere since it won't be as compact as my simple one.  I might find some use for it one day though.

Yeah, I'm a nerd.  Haha...

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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Oh wow. Even if you don't use it, you can still laugh at your accomplishment, as in "Bwahaha evil camera giant!" and so forth ;)
futureplug Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Who told you my plan :paranoid:
Frank-Beer Featured By Owner May 18, 2009   Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature :glomp:
austinboothphoto Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats awesome, nerdy isn't a bad thing. I need to get one of those remote switches but even the basic one without the timer is $50 and I'd rather put that cash towards lenses.
futureplug Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Wow, I didn't realize even the basic ones were so much! It's seriously simple to make one. If you're interested I can give you details, or I'm sure you could find them online.
deylac Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks for featuring Don't Go Away. Really appreciated.
I added you in the artist's comment. I hope you don't mind.

jva3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks for the feature :)
ElegantAndrogyne Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That's great. I'm also keen on electricity and electronics, and I've been planning to make a simmilar device myself using some CMOS chips etc., but came to a conclusion that a microprocessor would be much easier to apply - despite the fact that I don't know anything at all about programming. But hey, everything can be learned :).
futureplug Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Good luck with your project then! And yes, I think using a microprocessor would be much easier.

If you're looking for a great place to start, check out one of the arduino boards. They're cheap, easy to work with, and there are lots of tutorials/sample projects around. Let me know if you want more info.
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature, much appreciated!!
liquiddarkers Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Student Photographer
thanks for the feature and good luck with your remote :D
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