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Lightstick for photography and parties

After my last photoshoot with a model I realized that it’d be pretty convenient to have an RGB lightstick for various scenes. Same could be accomplished with an off-camera flash plus color gels, but it seems that it’s simpler with a lightstick and using an off-camera flash has it’s other uses and nuances compared.

Additionally I also wanted to use the lightstick as a sort of mood light for parties with friends and maybe at home, so the LED strip should be addressable to support various effects just for that extra coolness :)

For just photography there are dozens of commercial products available, of course, if you are ready to pay 200+€ for something PRO which is as simple and I didn’t want to order cheap-o sticks from China either in fear that they would actually suck and be very basic.

Having that in mind, I set out to gather ideas how this could be done without spending too many hours on the software side. I figured that this should be a common project… however like I learned with the airsoft bomb project – common doesn’t mean usable. There were many projects related but all the code I found was so horrible that ultimately I wrote my own in a few months period.

I found a couple of examples how to approach this and found an awesome project called WLED which is just what I wanted.
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Photos with Minolta XG2

Minolta XG2

Oh hello. So this month I received another antique photocamera from a friend to try it out since he doesn’t need it anymore. This time it was “Minolta XG2“. The Minolta XG cameras are 35mm SLRs of the Minolta SR system, sold from 1977 to 1984.
So I went out again in different times to snap some cool pictures of around where I live. Tried not to do the same shots as I did with previous cameras, so I went the other direction.
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Photos with ZENIT ET, part 2

Greetings! a few weeks ago I took my Zenit ET for a spin again. I decided it’d be cool to have some images from around where I live in winter time. I did the same in summer, but it was with FED-2. It was great taking pics with FED-2, but it was also not comfortable because of no built-in exponometer.
With Zenit it’s better, and images turn out nicer. So I tried to take some shots at the same spot I did in summer time, I’ll post comparison below :)
Also it looks like the development screwed some of the shots yet again… smeared the film with an ugly white stripe :/
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Photos with FED-2 photo camera

I am fascinated by old stuff, you probably knew that already. Very long time ago I found my grandfather’s FED-2 photo camera that he brought home from the army. Made in 1955 It still is in a very good shape and makes excellent pictures. Only recently I thought I could still take it for a spin, so I went out and bought a “Fujifilm 200” photo film, 36 shots. Took a “Soligor UF-2” exponometer from a friend and went out to take pictures.
The quality was great, but it’s a bit hard to get the right reading and be damn sure about it, otherwise the image would turn out too dim or too bright. Once you get the aperture and the exposure time just right, the image comes out great.
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