A&P Short story, and C+C

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  1. xconverge

    xconverge OT Supporter

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    So I made my own projector a few months back and I made it into a coffee table. I was contacted by Popular Science and they are interested in doing a story about how I solved the issue of DIY projectors being so large.

    So I did my phone interview yesterday and they are sending a photographer on tuesday morning to get some photos, and another video interviewing me :noes:

    I mentioned I could take a few pictures myself so that she could have more to choose from since I would have all day to shoot if I wanted to.

    I want these to be good, I am thinking this might be a convenient foot in the door if I impress her to maybe do some freelance type work for Pop Sci. This is what I have so far, any reccomendations?

    All shoot through umbrella camera left.

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    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    How far is it from your screen? Or do projectors have some kind of zoom/spread setting? (i know nothing of them :mamoru:) Seems like a great idea though. How does it handle the heat?
     
  3. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    first is probably the right idea.. but I don't like any of them
     
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    What's that clear shiney thing on the bottom right of the coffee table? It's distracting me
     
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    xconverge OT Supporter

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    That silver dryer house is air intake, I can move it out of the photo for a picture.

    The screen is 105 inch diagonal 720p at 6 feet away from the table.

    If you dont like any of them, do you have any suggestions on what I should do?
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    the second and third look boring.. they're pics of a black table. if you want to show off the projector, go in closer.

    the first starts the show the depth of the cabinet and how it fits into the room, but I'd like to see more of that, so I guess back up a bit or something.
     
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    ok, thats a good point, the whole point of the article is how I integrated it into a table to fit my needs for the room. Its still messy because I am painting the screen but once its cleaned up I will take some more. Thanks!
     
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    philvia SUCKIN ON MY TITTIES LIKE YOU WANTIN ME CALLIN ME

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    hide the bricks under your couch first
     
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    xconverge OT Supporter

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    I am thinking something like the first picture would be good and not require me to hide the cinder blocks
     
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    I'm confused, what is a DIY projector??
     
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    xconverge OT Supporter

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    a projector, that I made myself from scratch
     
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    wait...what? :eek3: how'd you do this?
     
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    Get that lamp out of there.
     
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    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Ok I am going to take some more in the AM with the lamp gone, the silver thing is moved, and I will avoid the cinderblocks that I am stashing conveniently under my couch, thanks guys
     
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    where did you learn to build a DLP projector, and where did you get the parts??
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    and how much did it cost?
     
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    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    how bright is the bulb? you could get an LED floodlamp for like $100 and have a homemade LED-lit front projector :bowdown:
     
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    The parts, lenses, lcd panel (stripped computer monitor 1280x800 res for 720p) and all the wood/stain cost me $600. It is a 400 watt mh bulb and ballast. I learned everything about it from lumenlab.com

    My project log is here, it was overall a very fun project and the quality of my projected image is stunning.
     
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    noted. I work in audio visual and deal with anything from a 2000 lumen to 14000 lumen projector every day. awesome project :bigthumb: if I weren't so lazy I may have tried this. but $400 at best buy would result in a similar product :dunno:
     
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    That wasn't the point for me, I would shell out 600 dollar even if I could never use the projector. I had a lot of fun building it and designing everything. It took a lot of time and was difficult enough to stay interesting :big grin:

    I think this one is pretty good for what is needed in the picture

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  23. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    have any wideangle lenses?
     
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    is that tongue in cheek?
     
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    yeah, needs even more wide angle. they aren't really doing much for me. maybe shoot during the day and balance the outside/inside light.
     

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