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Digital SLR Pro Secrets by David D. Busch

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Chapter 7. More Build-It-Yourself Gadgets and Tricks

As a hobby, photography ranks second only to amateur magic in terms of the gadgetry, ad hoc devices, and tricky techniques concocted to provide an amazing and impressive visual effect. As a profession, photography doesn’t rank very far behind heart surgery in the number of labor-saving and life-saving devices invented by the practitioners themselves.

The origins of photo tinkering go back as far as the beginnings of photography itself. Photography was invented by experimenters who wondered if asphalt-like tar could capture an image (it could, eventually) or, later, whether motion picture film could be adapted for use in smaller, more portable cameras (thus changing the world of photography forever). ...

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