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Internet Week NY – Maker Faire – June 5 2008


Just a quick note that I will be exhibiting at “An Evening at Maker Faire” on June 5th at the Saatchi Gallery in NYC from 6:30 pm – 9pm as a part of Internet Week New York. Please come by and say hi. This is also a great opportunity for you to see the latest developments in the LED Camera Light and LED Hula Hoop that I have not yet posted about.

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ProdMod at the Maker Faire – May 2008

I was at the Maker Faire May 3-4 2008 to support two of my kits that are currently sold through Make Magazine’s website. The LED Camera Light and the LED Hula Hoop. I would say the LED Hula Hoop was the big hit and we got plenty of attention just after we finished our workshop. There were about 5 hoops being built and 3 ducked out early to finish it at home. The remaining 2 finished it at the workshop and couldn’t wait to try it out. Total build time was only 2 hours.

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Free ProdMod LED Camera Light Workshop in Brooklyn!

Have you already purchased this kit and never got around to finish it? Well now there is no excuse. Bring it with you to 3rd Ward in Brooklyn on April 24th and finish it off with my help – if you need it. Or come to show off your product to the rest of us. Perhaps you can be a nice prodmodder and give back by helping others with their kits. Not all of us know what a soldering iron is ;)

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Mod the ProdMod LED Camera Light

safoocat’s modded ProdMod LED Camera Light 

Here is a great example of taking a kit that’s offered on this site and modding it to meet your needs. Michelle adapted the ProdMod Camera Light to fit her camera by placing the screw in the middle of two pairs of LEDs. She also keeps a nut inside to guide and hold the screw in place.

Check out her pics on Flickr to see how she wired it.

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Add a thumb screw to your ProdMod Camera Light

ProdMod Camera Light with 3/4″ diameter thumb screw

It’s not rocket science, but for those of you who prefer running a screw through the body of the light, I thought I would share some photos to show how a simple thumb screw might look. It looks a bit better than a simple cap screw depending on your taste and these screws are about 1 dollar or less.
If your camera tripod mount is near the center you can also set the camera down on the screw head as shown in the photo. You can’t do this with a cap screw.

Continue for photos of a rosette thumb screw and part numbers for both types.

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Updated! – Brighter LED Camera Light and with one touch PWM dimming

Its been a while since the last ProdMod LED Camera Light update. I was going to review some brighter LEDs by comparing different brands and technologies. Like Hi-flux LEDs and 1W LEDs. I was also going to go over different ways to dim the LEDs like using a simple potentiometer instead of a resistor near the LEDs or in place of a resistor in the Voltage regulated Vpack. Then I was going to discuss how PWM dimming is better. Well instead of taking you through all those steps, I decided to just show you my latest development. It is a 1W led with PWM dimming control.

So here are some videos that show how much light the ProdMod Camera Light can produce with only one 1W High Power LED running 350mA, and the second video shows the continuously variable dimming that the PWM control allows!

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4LED ProdMod Camera Light-new wiring and screw location

relocate red wire and drill 4 LED holesI recently made one of the ProdMod LED camera lights for a friend. He had a camera with a different location for the mounting screw than I did. So I had to rearrange some of the wiring to get it to work. In this case the mount screw is to the left when viewed from behind the camera. And this time we are not routing the red wire under the battery, and we position the LEDs a different way.

Here are a few photos to show you what I did.
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