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DIY Photo Rig Takes Laser-Triggered 3D Insect Photos

How do you catch a butterfly in flight and in 3D? You do it with this laser triggered photo rig.

This it yourself monster is an absolute beauty of at-home engineering. It has dual focus planes, dual flashes, a laser trigger, and enough machined aluminum to make us wish we had a CNC out in the garage.

If you’re one part photographer, one part electronics tinker, and one part machinist, this is the kind of weekend project that will cement you into neighborhood DIY lore. Hit up the link below for a full build guide and sample photos.

High-Speed 3D Portable Macro Unit [via 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 if you'd like.

  • Published 11/18/11

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