Monthly Archives: March 2010

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iPad Shipping Notification shipment

Well, I did receive a nice little email from Apple today. The elusive Apple iPad is on it's way! Oh yeah!! As you can tell i've opted in for the 64GB version $699.00 + the nice leather cover + Apple Care warranty + tax = Just shy of $1,000 US.

Wow i'm so excited! You know I jumped on the pre-order as soon as they announced it so I can use it for.....Umm...Err...Uhhh....Well, you know because compared to the iPhone I already have it does.......Umm..Err....Uhh..., well I guess I could always use it for....hmm....uhh....Crap! What the heck did I order this thing for? Damn you Steve Jobs!! Damn you!!! You've charmed your ways into my wallet once again!! Well, I'll throw up a video of 'unboxing' as soon as I get it...then throw it back on eBay or something. Who knows...


This is a quick post, i'll get more photos and information up soon:

This was something I designed a long time ago, but haven't shared it with the DIY community. It was still a work in progress and has been through many different phases. I've tried different types of materials, but feel if you want best results, you'll need to go with solid aluminum. The base plate is cut from 1/4" solid aluminum. The axles are also solid aluminum rods which were carefully set on a drill press to get exactly centered. If you're slightly off on this part it will ruin the whole tracking motion. The ends of the rods are tapped with threads, so it's a nice clean mount for the wheels and bearings. I've tried different types of wheels, but the cheap ones you find aren't cast true. They might look fine, but really they are warped plastic that wobbles as you roll. In the end I just bit the bullet and purchased an awesome set of Urethane wheels and high end Bones Red Skate Bearings..

A group of friends helped through the entire process and through their kindness is offering to manufacture the parts for anyone who can't DIY one for themselves. We realize there are many of us who live in apartments and don't have time or access to such tools for cutting, grinding, precision drilling, tapping, or powder coating aluminum. You can get in contact with them about the DIY Skater Dolly at

I hope you enjoy the DIY projects I create, leave some feedback and please link back to my website.


It's quite a hassle to keep track of charged and uncharged batteries if you're relying on the power to get you through your next Project. I’ve been using these Sanyo Eneloops for years, and they are by far the best Rechargeable batteries i've ever used. Normally rechargeable batteries aren't recommended in certain devices, and if left for just a short period of time, they lose power. Sure you can wait 4-8 hours recharging them to use them again, but in a few weeks (without using them) they will still lose power.

The Sanyo Eneloops are designed to be a different type of rechargeable and can even maintain up to 90% of their charge if sitting for up to 1 Year!. I've never tried that claim, but i've never had a problem with dead batteries either. They can run a bit high in retail stores, but Amazon and B&H both have some of the cheapest prices for these Eneloops.

find-price-button Eneloop Power Pack Kit

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Video Details from Fabio Cunha:
A time-lapse experiment. 4020 shots used from more than 8000 shots. 1 shot for every 2 seconds interval. Canon 7D with Tamron 17-50mm 2.8. Cheap intervalometer and a crappy tripod.

I'm going to start doing this more often and share videos I like on my blog. Vimeo user Fabio Cunha created this Timelapse video of Los Angeles. Fabio messaged me back on my question and provides me with the exact Timelapse Intervalometer (Timelapse Remote) that was used in the video above for the Canon 7D. You can find the Intervalometer model below.


Me running with my Hybrid Steadicam Vest + Glidecam HD 4000

So even though i'm a DIY guy and make some really (bad) and Cheesy stuff, i'm still a buyer of expensive video and photography equipment. I had this tour set to private, but recently just made it public. You can see what i'm rockin' in one of the Videos, just so you know, i'm not all broomsticks and duct tape....

This was a test with the GoPro HD mounted onto my rig. The extreme fisheye shot simultaneously helped me get a better view of the smaller rooms. So basically I was flying two cameras at one time with two different perceptions. For the audio we used a wireless Sennheisser Lav + Body Pack transmitting into a Zoom H4n.

Here's a quick result of that tour


As some of you might have read, I purchased the GoPro HD Video Camera specifically for underwater use during my vacation (coming in a few weeks). Hopefully i'll do an underwater review video while i'm out there.

Being the gadget geek that I am, I just realized i'm going to need a better camera case to fly with. It's definitely got to be a carry on roller case, i'm not crazy enough to 'Check in' any of my camera gear! Pelican is a top brand for camera cases. This Pelican 1510 case seems awesome, and at the price it's pretty much a no brainer for me. Why did I always associate Pelican as $500 + company? This roller I think will do the job for my travels, and while working gigs around the city.


Above DIY project from

Spring is here, weather is awesome, time to get back to Photography. I've been checking out a bunch of DIY beauty dish articles on the web, and boy do they look really good. If you're not familiar, a beauty dish better diffuses a flash output to wrap your subject in nice soft even lighting. This is especially very flattering with Portraits and headshots. Check around and you'll find a bunch of DIY beauty dish tutorials, and i've been considering it myself. If you're not the DIY type you can find some very affordable Beauty Dishes that's probably turning my idea for a D.I.Y into a B.U.Y.

find-price-button Beauty Dish for Speedlites


Before this video will make any sense, you should know about my DIY BodyPod project found at

A BodyPod is not a tripod. It's basically a cut up monopod that supports the camera by use of a strap attached to the body.

These stick things are used to take a picture of yourself by mounting a point-and-shoot camera at the end of it. Well, this is what i’m running around with now for extra camera stability It's much more compact, lightweight, and much more discreet than a cut monopod. I can't speak on other versions of these little stick things, but the model i'm using has some real strength to it to be used as my new 'BodyPod'. This is the little monopod thing i'm using now, found on eBay.

Here are a bunch of other versions of this type of Monopod.


I was bored, collected a few parts from Home Depot and decided to hack up a quick DIY Offset Shoulder rig. Since DSLR's don't have the flip out LCD option, placement of the ViewFinder needs to be offset. I also added some weights to the rear to help balance things out and it won't feel so heavy on the hands. With the 5D and that Lens it takes a few weights, but for a Canon 550D or T2i you'd probably need a lot less.

Too bad I didn't have time to grab some rubber bike handles. It's no RedRock and yes some say Cheesy (hence the name CheesyRig), but all metal construction, it's pretty solid for something around $20.00 dollars. Hope this gives some ideas on how to make a DIY offset DSLR shoulder rig for us low budget guys. Enjoy and leave comments.

A few bolts are too long, I need to replace them or cut them down. Shown is the Canon 5D Mark II with LCDVF and 85mm F/1.2 . I was using the Canon 7D with Tamron 18-270mm to record this video.

Hey if you're not a DIY guy, check out the cheap Shoulder Rig from eBay.
Here's the product.
You can find the shoulder support from eBay by clicking this link, or the image below.

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