Photographic Electronics Projects

I’ve had fun creating one or two electronic projects to solve photography challenges. I am working on other projects and when they are complete I will add details of them here.

Camera Shutter Exposure Timer

This video is an overview of my new Arduino based Camera Shutter timer. Originally inspired by the cameradactyl project on YouTube this is my translation of that very basic concept demonstrator into a workshop tool. The project incorporates the second generation of my timing software.

The timer uses a laser to sense the opening and closing of the Analog camera shutter. The measured exposure is analysed and details of the time appear on the display. The statistics displayed include the average and standard deviation of the exposures. These statistics enable the operator can gain a good understanding of how reliable the shutter under test is. Each set of test results are logged to the SD card. The software automatically guesses the shutter speed being tested and shows the error from the expected time. This is a stand alone device that can be used anywhere. It can be run on a power bank or small PSU or 9v battery as well being attached to a PC.

Safety was an important part of this design and the laser can be switched on an off with an over-ride switch. Laser light is dangerous to eyesight and lasers must be used with care. The inside of laser housing is painted black to reduce reflections.

All of the code is available on github (https://github.com/ianonahillroad/CameraShutterTimer) . The wiring diagram is shown at the end of the video.