If you’re an electronics tinker and photographer, here’s a DIY project right up your alley: a DIY flash bulb with built in optical slave.
At DIY Photography they share a straight forward guide to building your own camera flash, including parts lists and schematics. The build itself is a pretty easy one if you have a few electronics projects under your belt. The only caution we’d throw out is that, because you’re working with flash bulbs, you’re also working with high voltage capacitors. This project includes a 450v capacitor which, under the really unfortunate circumstances, can accidentally discharge into your body and give you a heart attack–such is the nature of working with high-voltage electronics.
Hit up the link below for additional photos, more warnings, the schematics and parts list.
How To Build A Flash (With An Optical Slave) [DIY Photography]
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 12/29/11