DIY Photo Rig Takes Laser-Triggered 3D Insect Photos

By Jason Fitzpatrick on November 18th, 2011

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/18/11
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