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DIY Psychedelic Filter for your Cameras / Lenses with Filter Thread

You may know this funny psychedelic glasses from the toy store or a funfair, that makes all the things look like you see them through a crazy kaleidoscope. I just thought, hey when I can see all the lights so flashy, then my camera must see it the same way.

So i put the glasses for testing in front of my iPhone camera and the lights looked flashy as I thought.

But how can I bring the filter from the funny glasses on the lens of my EOS??? When I move my head while looking through the glasses, or I turn the glasses in front of my eyes, the psychedelic look changes like a kaleidoscope. I also wanted the same kaleidoscope effect for my new camera filter.

My polarizing filter was the answer because I can turn it in front of the lens. (You don’t absolutely need a polarizing filter, you can also take a UV-filter or any other lens filter or you tape the psychedelic filter directly on your lens)

Put all the things you need on your table and let’s go! (This works with every camera with a filter thread, better use a camera/lens with a small lens diameter or a zoom lens to get the full effect)

You need:

  • your funny glasses,
  • a polarizing filter/UV-filter or any other lens filter,
  • a piece of cardboard,
  • scissors,
  • a pen,
  • a box cutter,
  • duct tape
  • a glue stick
Photo by freakoftheweek

You have all the things on your table, so let’s do it!

First of all you must cut out a lens from the glasses with a wide border around the lens.

Photo by freakoftheweek

Now put the filter on the cardboard and trace the shape of the filter with the pen.

Cut out the cardboard circle and cut around the corners until the circle fits perfectly into the filter.
VERY IMPORTANT: before you plug the cardboard circle into the filter, make a pull out strap from the duct tape! To remove the cardboard circle from the filter without the strap is a pain in the ass!

Photo by freakoftheweek

Now glue the cut out lens from the glasses loosely in the middle of the cardboard circle, put it in front of a light source and trace the inner circle.

Almost done. Remove the filter from the cardboard and cut out the traced circle with the box cutter or scissors, then glue the filter exactly on the hole of the cardboard and now your ready to take some crazy psychedelic pictures.

And that’s how the pictures look with this fantastic filter:

I’ve used this filter also for my very first movie double exposures. For the first exposures I used some screens of my favourite robot trash and B-Movies. For the second exposures I captured some light effects at the night of lights in Hamburg. I shot the lights very closely to make the pictures look more colorful, and flashier.

Had so much fun to make this psychedelic filter and much more fun to shoot with it. I was highly surprised by the results and most of all the movie doubles have surpassed my expectations by far!

I will shoot some more pictures with this fantastic effect filter…

So have fun to make your own filter and shoot some flashy pictures.

written by freakoftheweek and translated by freakoftheweek

4 comments

  1. superdhebz

    superdhebz

    Awesome!!
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  2. freakoftheweek

    freakoftheweek

    @superdhebz Thanks ;-)

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  3. istionojr

    istionojr

    super cool! :D

    about 1 year ago · report as spam
  4. flyself

    flyself

    nice, i like it ;)
    11 months ago · report as spam

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