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The San Francisco-based photographer and writer, Ian Tuttle, has created an awesome way to keep his subjects within frame (so to speak). With this nifty camera modification there's always a captive audience!

Recently, I was poking around Four Corners Dark, which is a great site dedicated to plastic cameras, and I came across this really ingenious DIY technique to incorporate static shadows inside the camera. Below are the step-by-step directions from the Lomographer himself, Ian Tuttle with his trusty Diana F+.

“Toy cameras don’t have a lot of moving parts or complicated mechanisms, so there’s lots of empty space to play with. I got some 1/8” figurines meant for model railroads, some Elmer’s glue, and my Diana F+, and went to work.

“The Elmer’s glue takes a minute or two to dry, but the benefit of this type of glue is that it holds tight while you’re shooting but is easy to remove when you’re done. Try to find figurines that are standing in interesting poses. Notice the man waving, and the guy with the brief case…

When you glue them in there, remember that the light passing through the lens is inverted, so if you want your people right-side-up, you’ll need to glue them to the ceiling of the camera, so they’re hanging down like bats."

Now go out and shoot to your hearts’ content! Here are some of Ian Tuttle’s examples below. And be sure, if you try this out yourself (or something similar), I’d love to see what you guys come up with. Such a simple idea with very compelling outcomes.

written by thetiffy

31 comments

  1. zharenkov

    zharenkov

    Great! Thx!)

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  2. emilios

    emilios

    haha nice!!!

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  3. novakmisi

    novakmisi

    I thing similar but don't know how to fix it , the answer is glue. thanks for a idea ! : ))

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  4. macstef

    macstef

    Awesome!!! love the idea

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  5. mr-korn

    mr-korn

    neat!

    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  6. disdis

    disdis

    lots of possibilities!

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  7. naomac

    naomac

    cool.

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  8. lawypop

    lawypop

    this is Simple yet Fantastic idea!!

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  9. jodimeetdiana76

    jodimeetdiana76

    So Cool!!!

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  10. foodeanz

    foodeanz

    creative + cool = lomography!

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  11. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Ha, I don't think they will fit in most of my cameras; but what a cool idea.

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  12. beni

    beni

    WAW

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  13. dearjme

    dearjme

    This is seriously SO COOL!

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  14. stickyvinny

    stickyvinny

    Haha what a great idea!

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  15. ariannapaloma

    ariannapaloma

    gosh! so cool!!!

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  16. stouf

    stouf

    Love it !

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  17. eightmiles

    eightmiles

    its so creative..nice one

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  18. elletra

    elletra

    so clever and so funny! bravo!

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  19. thetiffy

    thetiffy

    Thanks for liking & commenting :) Anyone tried it yet?
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  20. sc-ting

    sc-ting

    @ thetiffy this is really creative! will definitely try it out soon!

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  21. 08thzolt

    08thzolt

    creative!!

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  22. superkulisap

    superkulisap

    vivid imagination!

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  23. jill_lee

    THIS IS COOL^^ THANKS FOR SHARING!!
    about 3 years ago · report as spam
  24. lemmy

    lemmy

    great idea =D

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  25. yolicious

    yolicious

    inspiring idea!!

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  26. ahleng90

    ahleng90

    sweet :)

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  27. shin-yi-huang

    shin-yi-huang

    haha~ interesting !!

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  28. 1511

    1511

    brilliant!

    almost 3 years ago · report as spam
  29. thekika

    thekika

    pretty cool :D should try it

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  30. nicoleger

    nicoleger

    Cute!! I wanna try but im not sure where to get those minitures
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  31. nuo2x2

    nuo2x2

    clever idea. tried it once but the scale model seems to running loose within the film chamber :(

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