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See Through your La Sardina DIY Using this Easy to Make Trompe l’œil Cover

Dress up your La Sardina DIY camera to look as if it has not been covered at all! A step-by-step guide to creating a see-through optical illusion for your do-it-yourself sardine cam.

Woopee! I just got a La Sardina DIY! This customisable camera comes with two types of covers – a set of white ones with a matte surface for you to draw on your designs directly, or a set of clear plastic ones for use with designs drawn on paper. While I decide upon what to draw on the blank canvas of the white version, I thought it would be fun to give my camera a see-through effect using the transparent covers.

Trompe l’œil is a two-dimensional painting technique that gives an optical illusion of three-dimensional reality, using photorealistic pictures to extend a vista that isn’t really there. Here’s how you too can create a trompe l’œil effect of seeing-through your La Sardina DIY.

Equipment list:

  • La Sardina DIY camera package (which includes a screw driver)
  • a roll of 35mm film (optional)
  • a flat bed scanner
  • a printer
  • a pair of scissors or a craft knife

Step 1
Remove the viewfinder cover by unscrewing the two screws on the top using the screw driver that came with the camera. This will help the camera to rest horizontally when placed on its back.

Step 2
If you’d like to have an image of a completely empty camera, skip to step 3. If you would like to have a roll of film in the image, then open the camera back and install a roll of film. For this example, I will using a roll of Lomography Sunset Strip X-Pro film.

Thread the film lead into the spool with a few wounds, just enough to cover the visible area.

Step 3
Do not replace the camera’s back cover. Take the camera to the scanner.

Make sure the film is wound on fairly tightly and do not replace the back cover.

Step 4
Place the camera in the centre of the scan bed, with the back of the camera touching the glass (i.e. the lens is pointing upwards).

Note: in this photo, I have already jumped a few steps and disassembled the camera’s front cover (step 10).

Step 5
Scan the camera at 100% scale and a minimum resolution of 300dpi.

Step 6
Print two copies of your scanned image at 100% scale. Do not fit to page size or margins.

Step 7
Place the transparent plastic template of the camera back over one of the prints. Draw around the outline and the inside edges of the cut-out for the film window. Take care that the print and the plastic cover are the right way around in relation to each other, and in relation to the camera back. (Note: the film window cut-out is not vertically centred on the cover. Also see photo in step 9.)

Step 8
Repeat step 7 for the front cover template using the second print. Take care that the print and the plastic cover are the right way around in relation to each other, and to the front of the camera. (Note: the cut-out for the lens is not vertically centred on the cover. Also see photo in step 9.)

Step 9
Cut out the two prints along the edges you have just drawn. Your finished cut-outs should look something like this:

Make sure the details you want to see are not cut-off around the edges – remember that any details close to the edges will eventually be hidden behind the frame.

Step 10
Follow the instructions on the La Sardina DIY microsite on how to disassemble the camera for customisation.

Step 11
Remove the white covers that came installed with the camera. Replace with the transparent covers, placing the paper cut-outs underneath. (Note: don’t forget to remove the protective plastic sheets from the surfaces of the transparent covers, if this is the first time you are using them.)

Step 12
Reassemble the camera. Replace the viewfinder cover.

Step 13
Now you have a La Sardina with a see-through effect!

A La Sardina DIY with a trompe l’œil see-through effect, as seen from the front…
…and from the back.
You can make further versions using different types of films, if you wish.

written by digitaljunk

28 comments

  1. jawatembak

    jawatembak

    this is certainly the tools to break the ice when join lomowalk.. :)

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  2. jaszee

    jaszee

    definitely awesome. even though i dont have a DIY Sardina, ima' do it on my other camera! :)

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  3. geegraphy

    geegraphy

    So cool! :)

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  4. brunamotta

    brunamotta

    LOVE IT! after this tip I wish I could buy this la sardina *-*
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  5. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Awesome idea!!!

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  6. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    Great stuff!

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  7. mensa

    mensa

    this is super clever! i just wish i had any la sardina to do this on... :)

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  8. sarah-addison-dobard

    sarah-addison-dobard

    Great idea! I just realized I'm a total moron. I assembled my La Sardina DIY by taping the images I wanted to the white plastic, then putting the clear plastic over it, and screwing it in place. It took some modifications and lots of cursing, but I finally got the two pieces to screw on, but now my camera is bulging. I realize what a moron I am!

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  9. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    That's awesome, now all i need is the La Sardina. lol

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  10. pearlgirl77

    pearlgirl77

    just coool!

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  11. roxanneross

    roxanneross

    the best idea for a la sardina diy customisation i have seen so far :)

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  12. awesomesther

    awesomesther

    Agree with @roxannross - the best by far I've seen! -2 thumbs up!-

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  13. trw

    trw

    So cool! Thanks for the tipster!

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  14. ujeong

    ujeong

    genius idea! great tipster! :D
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  15. djramsay

    djramsay

    fantastic

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  16. digitaljunk

    digitaljunk

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  17. digitaljunk

    digitaljunk

    @sarah-addison-dobard Hey, I looked at my Sardina DIY package (box, manual, etc) again after reading your comment. No, you’re not such a moron, I don’t think! Because it isn’t really explained how someone is supposed to use the transparent covers. (And the featured artist camera samples only show the customisation using the white covers!)

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  18. sarah-addison-dobard

    sarah-addison-dobard

    @digitaljunk Well thanks, that makes me feel better! Amazing idea, by the way! The next time I decide to change my La Sardina design I'm definitely using this idea!

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  19. deprofundis

    deprofundis

    It is my favourite idea for a la sardina diy! Congrats

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  20. djramsay

    djramsay

    win

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  21. george97

    george97

    @digitaljunk
    no problem mate its a very good idea!

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  22. flashstalker

    flashstalker

    cool!

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  23. johnccc

    johnccc

    Love it !

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  24. yokekei

    yokekei

    this is awesome. I love it :)

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  25. ajagee24701

    ajagee24701

    That's Brilliant!!!

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  26. disdis

    disdis

    sooo goood!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  27. djobrien687

    Such a cool idea, considering a La Sardina DIY

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  28. robertofiuza

    robertofiuza

    Super cool!

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