Blog Archives

WD My Passport Wireless Linux Hacks

While WD My Passport Wireless is a rather useful device in its own right, the fact that it powered by a lightweight yet complete Linux distribution means that its capabilities can be extended even further. Deploy, for example, rclone on the device, and you can back up the photos and raw files stored on the disk to any supported cloud storage service.

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Hardware, Open Source, Software

Meet Raspberry Pi Zero-Based Little Backup Box

Before my recent trip to Tokyo, I spent some time writing, debugging, and optimizing my Little Backup Box script that transforms a Raspberry Pi into a mobile backup device. A Raspberry Pi Model B 2 running the script served me well during

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Hardware, Open Source, Photography, Software

Simple Photo Hack: Use a Vintage Optical Viewfinder with a Mirrorless Camera

Despite its age and budget status, my trusty SONY NEX-3N still serves me well. But the lack of an optical viewfinder (OVF) hasn’t become any less annoying with time. Although the camera has a decent display, it becomes pretty much unusable on

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Hardware, Photography, Scribbles

Experimenting with the Particle Photon Board

As an amateur photographer with a proclivity for electronics, I like to experiment with hooking my trusty SONY NEX-3N to electronic DIY contraptions. Usually, my projects are based around Arduino and Raspberry Pi, but I never pass up the chance

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Hardware, Scribbles

Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release — Now with DIY Optocouplers

While a transistor-based cable shutter release does the job, it has one drawback. Grounding the camera to Raspberry Pi can cause the machine or the camera to have a negative ground. This might lead to a higher total voltage difference and could damage either of

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Hardware, Photography, Scribbles

Build a Raspberry Pi-Based Cable Shutter Release for Sony Cameras

Replacing a simple and inexpensive remote cable release for your camera with Raspberry Pi may seem like a classic case of over-engineering, but using the tiny machine to control the camera opens up a whole new world of photographic opportunities. Using

Tagged with:
Posted in Hardware, Photography

Restoring Letter Paint on Vintage Cameras

Brassing is one thing, chipped paint is another. The former gives your camera a classy vintage look, the latter makes the camera look ugly. Case in point, my recently acquired Nikkormat FTn. Most lettering and markings on the camera look

Tagged with:
Posted in Hardware, Photography, Scribbles