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GoPro Hero3 and Hero2 Width Comparison

In addition to amazing specs, an improved lens, and cool new connectivity options like wifi control (that seem to actually be arriving this time), the GoPro Hero3 shaves 30% from the already svelte body of the Hero2. It actually makes the older Hero look…

“Sold,” a gripping short film about the illegal sex trade, and a look at filmmaker John Irwin’s indie/DIY film technique

John Irwin is a writer/director acquaintance who’s making some kick-ass projects. Commercial work, music video, short film — and all with impressive results. John recently showed me his short “Sold,” a very intense piece about the horrific world of human trafficking. Very well written…

Awesome $5 Subscription Deals – Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines (and others too!) – UPDATE: Popular Mechanics for FREE

UPDATE: Here’s an offer to get a year of Popular Mechanics for nothing more than just a few pieces of personal information. Once again (but only until December 3), Amazon is offering a $5 magazine subscription deal on some great titles. Perfect timing for your…

Earth Fly-Over From The ISS: The Most Glorious Time-Lapse Video Of All Time

Hands-down the most amazing time-lapse video ever produced. From the vimeo description:

iPhone 4s Video Footage Looks Fantastic

Vimeo user and new iPhone 4s owner Benjamin Dowie (check him on Facebook here) posted a fantastic demonstration of the much-improved video capabilities of the iPhone 4s. As someone who is still blown away with the quality of the camera on the iPhone 4, I have…

How to Make a Balsa Wood Canon DSLR Mockup

  (Note–if you like this post and other cool DIY projects, make sure to add me on twitter and grab the DOIT feed) In 2003, Canon posted a how-to on their website about making a Canon 1D mockup in balsa wood. The post sat on…

Wide-angle HD Micro-Camera Mounted to a Firework

  Happy Fourth of July! Here’s a fun way to get a first-person view of a rocket’s trajectory and mid-air detonation. The setup was put together by Jeremiah Warren (friend him on facebook). The camera is the 808 Car Keys Micro Camera #11. 720p…

Secret Surveillance Garden Birdhouse – Notes and Plans from my Build

This Friday I’m doing a workshop for Craftsman in Chicago, for their first annual blogger summit. The different presenters each introduced themselves by building a birdhouse project that represents them. I started the project by drawing a set of blueprints, knowing that I wanted…

A Very Peculiar DIY “Hip-Neck Mount” Camera Extension

Check out this wacky “above the crowd” camera rig spotted at the royal wedding. What IS this thing? My friend Travis is an awesome guy and a talented photographer. He’s the type of guy that I admire for finding life curious and fascinating. Case in…

The DIY Cheapo Thermocam

While filming Catch It Keep It and Rock and Roll Acid Test, we had a couple segments that were very heat-dependent. The scenes needed a way to show the temperature and changes of the stuff we were researching (one scene, frozen steaks; another scene,…