Here is a simple experiment to create special effects on your photo by simply using a toilet roll. Don’t throw that carton tube away when you finish a toilet roll so you can give your camera a tubular vision!
Out of curiosity, I started experimenting with toilet rolls at home. I asked myself a lot of questions such as “What will the effects be if I put one on my lens?”; “Will I only lose the corners of my photo?”; Will it bring a nice frayed edge?". These gave me enough reasons to experiment.
What do you need?
Just a toilet roll and a camera. In my case, I used a Diana mini.
I used two toilet rolls to make different sizes of tubes mainly because I didn’t have a clue on what a good length would be.
I tore off an edge of both toilet rolls. I made it very frayed on purpose measuring one centimeter from one roll and almost half of the roll for the other side.
Check out the results when I put the tubes over the lens.
The effect of the short tube:
The effect of the longer tube:
I was a bit disappointed with the effect of the frayed edges but I like that the shots did not have sharp edges. I prefer the shorter tube because by using the longer one, you’re going to miss a very big part of the picture. I find it funny though that it looked like you are peeking through a hole in the fence.
You can experiment more with tissue rolls. The options are endless! Just modify the end of the tube and shape it to form a heart, then your picture will instantly have a heart-shaped frame. Another idea is by making extra holes in the long tube to create a funny effect. You could also cover the holes with colored paper or filters.
Be creative! Have fun!
The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!