February 18, 2009

no editing needed.....just a box camera

I was totally inspired today to talk about
"thru the view finder"
because of julie
and
her amazing collection of cameras
and
the fact that we are
"ttvf sisters"
{I just made that up, but I like it}
anyhow
some of you already know what I'm talking about
and
you can go back to watching "ellen"
(which I'm doing right now even as I type)
but for those of you who are interested
here we go
" TTVF"
is shooting through your regular camera
while looking
down into an old camera
via
a
"light stopper"
{another name I just made up}
~that hopefully your hubby will construct for you~
in order
to prevent a wash out
~~~~~
I always use my macro lens
as that's what was suggested to me
and
my favorite way to shoot
"through the view finder"
is outside
with the box camera on the ground
~~~~~
I've posted ttvf pictures before
but
I can't remember if I've shared the before and after
so here's one that I just took in our family room
~before~

and
here it is cropped

and
here is one from this summer at our cottage
~before~

and
after
~~~~~
and
the best part of shooting this way
NO EDITING NEEDED
the pictures are just perfect the way they are
old
slightly blurry
grainy
pitted
~~~~~
the old cameras are easy to find
and
buy on ebay
my first one I paid only $6.00
which included shipping
and
my second one
was
$1.00
at the local flea market
*score*
~~~~~
if you have any questions
I'd love to try to answer them for you
*


13 comments:

  1. Love these shots! And, I love the idea of TTVF Sisters! I have one of these cameras; I just need to make one of those doo-hickeys. :)

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  2. haven't tried this but I have loved some shots that I've seen on flickr. Thanks for explaining it.

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  3. Beth~ Thanks for the explanation again- it is all so intriguing. My summer will be chock full of trying all the cool things like this- too bad it's still 4 months away. Stay warm!
    Patti

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  4. There is such a feeling of nostalgia when looking at throught the view finder images.

    I love old photos and photography that uses older techniques or processing that makes photos look aged.

    Perhaps I just miss seeing film photography in all of this digital photography mess.

    Damien Franco

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  5. i learn something new every day! thank you for sharing. now i need to go find one of those beauties for myself!

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  6. wow beth that is soo cool! thanks for the photo tip I want to try it out asap. katy

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  7. beth--your contraption is VERY PROF!!! i've got to get husband on that. all i did was paint the inside of a box that seemed the right size and it doesn't really fit all that well. i can see that yours fits like a glove. must go get some heavy black construction paper today. :-)

    thanks for posting about this too!!

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  8. This is such a nifty idea. I've always loved those old cameras so maybe I can actually have a go at using one now .... but the 'doo hicky' thing sounds frightening to me .... Perhaps husband could patent them?
    htts://theeverydaywitch.blogspot.com

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  9. Fascinating -- I'm glad you explained the technique. The photos are wonderful, and it's wonderful to see the before and afters!

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  10. This is so interesting, I had no idea!!! If I understand correctly, you somehow connect your digital camera to the viewfinder of a box camera? And then you shoot?

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  11. I love TTV.....I have WAY to many TLR cameras!

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