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Photographer builds fully working DSLR camera costume for Halloween


October 31, 2011

Photographer Tyler Card has made a fully functioning DSLR camera costume for Halloween (Ph...

Photographer Tyler Card has made a fully functioning DSLR camera costume for Halloween (Photo: Tyler Card)

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For most people at this time of year, a giant wearable camera would not be the first design to spring to mind when the invite arrives for the neighborhood Halloween party. Leaving the ghoulish and monstrous creations to other party-goers, photographer Tyler Card's amazing costume isn't just capable of capturing images of the party in full swing, it will also display the photos in real time on the LCD display at the back.

With creative assistance from his roommate Adam Barr, the young photographer has constructed the camera costume's chassis and flash housing from cardboard, taped all the pieces together, painted the outer shell black and added some DSLR-like buttons and branding. A working Nikon D500 DSLR camera has then been positioned inside the costume, at the back of a huge plastic bucket with a transparent plexiglass disc covering the mouth of the faux lens.

The LCD screen from an old Dell laptop is used to display any images taken with the camera, which is activated by a huge external shutter release button to the front of the costume. The creation also has a built-in flash, and is said to be capable of wirelessly triggering the photographer's strobes.

Have a look at the following video, which illustrates how Card's design came together and shows some decent quality party images taken by the costume:

Update: Tyler Card has just posted detailed instructions on how to build your own version of his costume - have a look.

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Paul Ridden While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.   All articles by Paul Ridden
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