Photography gearhound Matt Richardson’s videos are really getting super great. This one about high-speed photography shows an elaborate version of your basic “balloon, mid-pop” setup. Awesome!



Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • fshuttle

    A fantastic photography show. Terribly, but nicely.

  • volkemon


    I can do this with my Kodak ‘pro-sumer’ non SLR cameras. One has an 8 second exposure, the other a 16. Should work well.

  • DavidNBK

    Could someone post a parts list? I’m not familiar with some of the things here, but I don’t see any reason I could put it together if I had a list of what to buy. Also, is there any reason that one couldn’t use a Film SLR camera? I have several with a Bulb setting, is the film not fast enough?

    Thanks in advance


    • Matt Richardson


      I whipped up a quick parts list here:

      I left off the camera interconnect since there are way too many possible interconnects for all the different camera shutter release jacks out there. I’m lucky that my Canon EOS 350D has a regular old mini-headphone jack as a shutter release.


  • Maurice

    This is a great 5 minute explanation of high speed photography. I like the feature of turning off the lights. That’s a nice touch.

    As the inventor of the Camera Axe I also appreciate the plug. All the schematics and source code are open source and I really hope it benefits this sort of audience.


  • Maurice

    Hi Dave,

    If you take a at some of the older articles on this blog you’ll see information about this including parts lists. It isn’t exactly what is used in this video, but they do use Arduino.

    If you can read and understand schematics you might want to look in the build guide for the Camera Axe. There is a schematic and parts list. It will give you the optoisolator and resistor parts. You’ll just need the microphone (look at the microphone sensor to see how I do that), and the Arduino.

    This will work fine with film camera. The only problem is you’ll need to use an external light meeter or experiment to find the correct exposure. With digital you can easily try a few settings until you find the correct exposure.

  • gavz

    That’s awesome, well done!

  • gavz

    That’s awesome, well done!

  • theundergroundman1

    Reblogged this on Digital Camera Abundance Blog.