Get creative with your boring SLR


For all of you who like shooting with your SLR, but need to get a little wacky why not try giving it a textured mask?!

Credits: helenapie

I was looking at a few tipsters the other day and every time i came across something neat I sighed. All these cool creative projects seem to be lost on my poor Canon T70. Toy cameras are great, but my only toy camera (the supersampler) is currently broken! Shooting an SLR seems like serious business. No double exposures, no masks, no fun!

After a lot of browsing and thinking I came up with a great way to funify my Canon.

You will need:

-See-through plastic of any kind (I used some old packaging that I would have otherwise thrown out)

- A permanent marker

- Scissors

- Nail polish remover, or anything with rubbing alcohol in it (I actually used face cleansing pads!)

- Some paper towel


First what I did was I crumpled up the plastic which gave me a sort of textured cracked effect. To accent this effect I then coloured the sheet of plastic with my permanent marker and waited for it to dry. When it was dry I grabbed my alcoholic substance (whichever you choose…pretty much anything with alcohol in it will work) and I dabbed it on.

Note: Be sure not to rub off all of the permanent marker!

After getting rid of some of the permanent marker, I dabbed it dry with some paper towel (making sure not to rub it as that would result in streaks…unless you want streaks!!!)

Finally, grab your scissors and cut the piece of plastic down to size. The goal is to make it fit directly over the window on the inside of your camera that the film sits over. Once it is down tape it, making sure that it lies as flat as possible. Your camera should look something like this:

Now when you shoot a roll of film each picture will have a little bit of cracked embellishment on it!

Good luck!

written by helenapie on 2011-04-11 in #gear #tipster #masks-cracks-texture-canont70 #camera #camera-modification


  1. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Not bad! :) Might give it a try :D

  2. mindyminde
    mindyminde ·

    I think I'll give this a try

  3. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    Nice idea....
    But if you want some multi-exposure fun with an SLR you should pick up an old Canon A-1

  4. helenapie
    helenapie ·

    Yeah I used to have one, but then it got wet and locked up...the T70 was the replacement I found at the time.

  5. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Nice idea and a really interesting affect. Now if only my girlfriend will let me mess with the inside of her SLR!

  6. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  7. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i like the idea of that filter! have you also tried to add something in front of the lens?

  8. helenapie
    helenapie ·

    not yet!

  9. federicom
    federicom ·

    @disasterarea: for the multiple exposure with a SLR you can even use a Yashika FX-3, you just need to press the unlocking button on the bottom of the camera while scrolling the film: in this way the film will remain in place, but the scroll will advance, letting you to shoot again! I don't know if this works even with other SLRs, though...

  10. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    @federicom i know the nikon F, FM, FM2, FE and FE2 have multi-exposure. Does anyone know any other cheap and vintage film SLR's that have MX?

  11. roundthings
    roundthings ·

    @federicom @disasterarea The Minolta SRT 202 has an MX function! It's relatively inexpensive (I have the SRT 201, which lacks MX :(. I got it for 20 bucks on ebay, but the cameras normally run a bit higher than that ). Fun little cameras and they're built to last!

  12. zulkhairikharuddin
    zulkhairikharuddin ·

    cool idea

  13. zulkhairikharuddin
    zulkhairikharuddin ·

    cool idea

  14. noomster
    noomster ·

    Love it! Can't wait to get home and give it a go!

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