DIY Hovercraft

Discussion in 'Photojournalism, Candids and Street Photography' started by cmpalmer, May 18, 2005.

  1. cmpalmer


    Jan 27, 2005
    Huntsville, AL
    I figure that this page I created on how my son and I built a hovercraft out of junk in my garage might be appropriate for this category. What I really learned in creating the hovercraft and this page is that taking photos to document a project construction process is very hard and is something that I am not too good at :(

    It was a good experiment and it allowed me to go back and review the snapshots that I took to be able to learn from my mistakes in the future. Hopefully, as I improve the hovercraft and work on some more garage hack projects in the future, I can improve the step-by-step photos -- composition, lighting, clarity, cleaning my garage first, etc.

    Here is the web page:

    Here is my smugmug site with all of the photos I took:

    And here is a shot of the completed hovercraft (or at least completed enough to test and ride -- we're still working on refining the design and construction):

    Other than better lighting, a clean garage, and a few better angles, does anyone have suggestions on how to shoot photos of this sort (step-by-step construction diaries/instructions)?
  2. sinapps


    Apr 30, 2005
    Very cool project.
  3. I had fun following your project from beginning to end. Pretty neat project and a real teaching tool for you son. Now as to practical applications, hmmmm, haven't really thought of any yet. Thanks for sharing this project with the Cafe.
  4. PGB


    Jan 25, 2005
    You are a cool dad!
  5. NO WAY!!! I bet he had a ball!!! :D :D :D
  6. Bubba


    Apr 12, 2005
    Man, I wish my dad had done things like that with me. You can bet I'll be stealing that idea to do with Chase.

    Great stuff, Chris!