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make a slave flash from a disposable camera

Hi! Love the Camera Hacker site! Do you know how to make a slave flash by hacking a disposable camera? It should be simple, like using a photocell to trigger the slave flash when the master flash is detected. Any ideas on this?

Bill Schweikert
Sun, 22 May 2005 19:55:06 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Bill, I thought that was a really cool idea that you had. I haven't had much experience with making a slave flashes myself. But I did manage to find a web site, titled "Mini Slave Flash", that talked about converting disposable cameras to slave flashes (see Related Links below).

Let us know how your project turns out.

Chieh Cheng
Tue May 24 09:58:40 PDT 2005

Chieh -

Thanks for your reply and for the link to the article on slave flashes. I can't wait until your book comes out in September.

Bill Schweikert
Tue, 24 May 2005 11:54:40 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for words of encouragement. I'm quite excited. I have finished the manuscript two weeks ago. Wiley and I are going through the review process now. It'll be done sometime in early June. Then it'll be copyedited and off to the press. I can't wait either.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 25 May 2005 13:56:14 -0700 (PDT)

Chieh -

It's a little late but here are some ideas for disposable camera hacking projects. I don't have the skills, so I'll have to leave the implementation to someone else:

- intervalometer - automatic single frames at variable intervals
- removing the infrared-blocking glass for IR photos
- adapting the LCD display for other applications, like a tiny computer screen
- fitting a telephoto or wide-angle lens
- macrophotography - extreme closeups
- pinhole lens
- increasing the number of pictures allowed
- using the camera as a video camera
- using it as a web camera
- remote control of the camera
- trigger camera by motion sensor (trail camera)

Bill Schweikert
Thu, 26 May 2005 04:40:03 -0700 (PDT)

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