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 (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 (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.