Hacking Digital Cameras

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Why waste a thousand words?

Photos tell stories. And the more you can do with your digital camera, the better the story you can tell. So build a remote control and sneak up on that picture that keeps eluding you. Create an adapter that lets you use SLR-type lenses on your point-and-shoot. Play with lens magnification or create a pinhole lens. Beef up flash memory. And that's ...

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Overview

Why waste a thousand words?

Photos tell stories. And the more you can do with your digital camera, the better the story you can tell. So build a remote control and sneak up on that picture that keeps eluding you. Create an adapter that lets you use SLR-type lenses on your point-and-shoot. Play with lens magnification or create a pinhole lens. Beef up flash memory. And that's just where the tale begins. The ending is up to you.

Hack any digital camera

Illustrated step-by-step directions for more than 20 hacks, including:

  • Building triggers
  • Accessing raw sensor data
  • Making accessory lens adapters
  • Eliminating the infrared blocking filter
  • Extending lenses
  • Making reverse macro adapters
  • Building a monopod
  • Creating bicycle and car mounts
  • Hacking microdrives from other devices
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764596513
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/29/2005
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #18
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 519
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chieh Cheng has a Computer Science degree and is currently a Senior Software Engineer developing radiation medicine control systems for cancer treatment. He is an avid photographer who has won photo contests and had pictures published in magazines. Hacking cameras is one of his many long-term hobbies. He created and has maintained the Camera Hacker web site (www.CameraHacker.com) since its inception in 1998. The web site includes forums and articles on camera hacking projects, practical photography tips, and photographic equipment reviews.

Auri Rahimzadeh has been tinkering with computers ever since he was six years old and loves all technology. Auri collects computers and has been involved with many computer projects, including teaching computers alongside Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. Auri is the author of the book Geek My Ride, also published by Wiley in their ExtremeTech series. He has written hundreds of articles on various computer technologies, and has contributed to many standards, including HDTV, DVD, and interactive television. Auri contributes to computer education for students across the country and has promoted technology awareness through the Indianapolis Computer Society, where he has served as president for three years. Currently, Auri runs his own IT consulting firm, The Auri Group (TAG), and spends his free time programming, chatting in Starbucks, and going to Pacers games (Go Pacers!).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Hacking Cameras.

Chapter 1: Building Triggers.

Chapter 2: Adding a Tripod Socket to Your Camera.

Chapter 3: Accessing Raw Sensor Data.

Chapter 4: Hacking Power.

Chapter 5: Controlling Your Digital Camera from Afar.

Chapter 6: Improving Your Canon EOS Digital Rebel.

Part II: Hacking Lenses.

Chapter 7: Using Accessory Lenses.

Chapter 8: Making an Accessory Lens Adapter.

Chapter 9: Changing the Lens Magnification.

Chapter 10: Making Your Own Pinhole Lens.

Chapter 11: Extending the Lens on Canon EOS Cameras.

Chapter 12: Making Reverse Macro Adapters.

Chapter 13: Modifying the Canon EF-S Lens for Use on Canon EF Mounts.

Part III: Creative Photography Hacks.

Chapter 14: Hacking with Filters.

Chapter 15: Shooting Infrared Pictures with Your Digital Camera.

Chapter 16: Eliminating the IR Blocking Filter from Your Digital Camera.

Part IV: Building Fun Camera Tools.

Chapter 17: Building a Car Camera Mount.

Chapter 18: Building a Headrest Camera Mount.

Chapter 19: Building a Spycam Mount for Your Bicycle.

Chapter 20: Building a Camera Stabilizer.

Chapter 21: Building a Flash Bracket.

Chapter 22: Building a Monopod.

Chapter 23: Making a 500-Watt Home Studio Light.

Part V: Flash Memory Hacks.

Chapter 24: Modifying the CF Type I to PC Card Type II Adapter.

Chapter 25: Removing the 4GB Microdrive from the Creative Nomad MuVo2 MP3 Player.

Chapter 26: Removing the Microdrive from the Rio Carbon 5GB MP3 Player.

Chapter 27: Removing the 4GB Microdrive from the Apple iPod mini.

Appendix A: Soldering Basics.

Appendix B: Circuit Symbols.

Appendix C: Glass Cutting Basics.

Appendix D: Photographer’s Glossary.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    Wow! An eye opener!

    This book contains so many interesting things I can do with my camera that I never thought possible. It's even got a whole section on building camera accessories, such as monopod, car mounts, and flash brackets. Worth every penny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    tinker away

    Here is another benign use of the word 'Hack'. Meaning to tinker with, or experiment. The authors indulge fully in this meaning of the word, as applied to digital cameras. The activities described are almost all hardware related. That is, hands on, manual tinkering. Such as making triggers. An entire chapter is devoted to this. You can see that the issues here are not so different from building triggers for analog cameras. A trigger is a basic and important extended functionality for many camera users. There is much other experimental functionality given. The most interesting seems to be taking infrared photographs. Many digital cameras do respond in the IR. Unlike standard photographic film, which favours the visible spectrum. So whereas with an analog camera, you would need special IR film, if you have a digital camera, it should already have a decent IR sensitivity. For some of you, this may be an unexpected bonus of using a digital camera. Two chapters do deal mostly with software. One involves getting raw sensor data from Casio or Nikon cameras, and then using some publicly available software to decode these into a more standard graphics format. While the other chapter is about programming a remote control for the camera.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2005

    chezmiko

    Easy to understand, thorough. Really makes your digital camera work for you. I know how to make my pictures come out clearer and with better lighting, what lenses to use when hiking or at night, etc...definitely a sound investment.

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