TPB #63 – Hummingbird Photos

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In this video I walk through the Camera Axe and camera settings I used to automatically capture hummingbird.

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TPB #56 – Four Valves

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In this video I show how to connect four valve sensors to the Camera Axe. It requires new software and a new cable. The software is linked below. The new cable is in the store below, but it is also very easy to make. I forgot to mention this in the video, but all you need to make the cable is a stereo splitter 3.5 mm cable. Then in one ...

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TPB #54 – Hotshoe and a Tripod

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In this video I over using a flash hotshoe with the Camera Axe and and connecting it to small tabletop tripod.

Check out the Camera Axe store where there is more info about these devices.

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TPB #50 – Multi-Flash Plus Overview

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In this video I talk about the Multi-Flash Plus. I go over the basic hardware and software design and then demonstrate using it triggering a bunch of flashes in rapid squence. Some of the use cases for this device would be bullet time videos or multiple flash exposure sequences.

You can get the schematics, pcb files, and bill of materials from this site.

You can get the source code from this site.

You ...

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TPB #49 – Mt Washington Sunset Timelapse

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In this video I show a timelapse of sunset from the side of Mt Washington and talk about the settings I used on the camera and the Camera Axe.

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TPB #48 – Flash Duration Verification

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This video goes over the Flash Test Menu and finds why it hasn’t been reporting correct flash durations. The problem turned out to be the light sensor being used is not fast enough. To make this mode work reliably we’ll need a new light sensor that quickly transitions from <1V to >4V. I estimate a responce time of less then 5 us would be good for standard flashes and less than 0.1 ...

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TPB #36 – Camera Axe Intervalometer and Timelapse

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This video shows how to use the Intervalometer menu on the Camera Axe to take timelapse photos. The Camera Axe has start delay, interval time, number of shots, bulb time, HDR support, and mirror lockup. This is one of the most powerful intervalometers I’ve seen. If people have ideas about ways to make the intervalometer better let me know.

I use Quicktime Pro to turn the photos into a movie. I’ll probably ...

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TPB #28 – Hardware Improvements for Camera Axe 5

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This week I highlight the hardware improvements from the Camera Axe 4 to the Camera Axe 5.

  • The Camera Axe 5 no longer needs a special cable to reprogram it. It uses a standard USB cable and that cable is included. Reprogramming to the latest software is a huge selling point and many of the improvements from Camera Axe 4 to Camera Axe 5 are in the software so they aren’t mentioned on this ...
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TPB #27 – Flash Powder Photography

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This week I compare a modern electric photography flash to flash powder. Flash powder was an advanced lighting technique 150 years ago that photographers used similarly to how photographers use a flash today. In this video there are various tests with flash powder. One of the tests is a simple scene that was lighted with a modern flash and then flash powder so we can compare the images. Overall I was ...

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TPB #20 – Hacking a Yongnuo RF-603 Wireless Flash Transceiver

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The goal of this weeks video was to modify a Yongnuo RF-603 wireless flash system to work with the Camera Axe. I describe the process I go through to hack the device. In the end I find it doesn’t work with the Camera Axe because it’s trigger voltage is too low. If anyone has ideas on how to improve it or a different wireless flash system to try let me know.

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