Shadow Subjects


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.

written by thetiffy on 2011-06-09 #gear #tutorials #people #diy #san-francisco #subject #tipster #camera-modification #top-tipster-techniques


  1. zharenkov
    zharenkov ·

    Great! Thx!)

  2. emilios
    emilios ·

    haha nice!!!

  3. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

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

  4. macstef
    macstef ·

    Awesome!!! love the idea

  5. mr-korn
    mr-korn ·


  6. disdis
    disdis ·

    lots of possibilities!

  7. naomac
    naomac ·


  8. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    this is Simple yet Fantastic idea!!

  9. jodimeetdiana76
    jodimeetdiana76 ·

    So Cool!!!

  10. foodeanz
    foodeanz ·

    creative + cool = lomography!

  11. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

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

  12. beni
    beni ·


  13. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    This is seriously SO COOL!

  14. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Haha what a great idea!

  15. ariannapaloma
    ariannapaloma ·

    gosh! so cool!!!

  16. stouf
    stouf ·

    Love it !

  17. eightmiles
    eightmiles ·

    its so creative..nice one

  18. elletra
    elletra ·

    so clever and so funny! bravo!

  19. thetiffy
    thetiffy ·

    Thanks for liking & commenting :) Anyone tried it yet?

  20. sc-ting
    sc-ting ·

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

  21. 08thzolt
    08thzolt ·


  22. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    vivid imagination!

  23. jill_lee
    jill_lee ·


  24. lemmy
    lemmy ·

    great idea =D

  25. yolicious
    yolicious ·

    inspiring idea!!

  26. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    sweet :)

  27. shin-yi-huang
    shin-yi-huang ·

    haha~ interesting !!

  28. 1511
    1511 ·


  29. thekika
    thekika ·

    pretty cool :D should try it

  30. nicoleger
    nicoleger ·

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

  31. nuo2x2
    nuo2x2 ·

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

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