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The Real Instagram; How to breathe life,back into that old TLR camera.


I wrote this trying to get a job at Photojojo, I didn’t, but still think its a good idea

The Real Instagram; How to breathe life,back into that old TLR camera.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes, Instagram just feels like cheating; so I thought why not just build a camera that takes instagram style pics, straight out the box? Simple enough, *BOOM* the slightly awkward love child of a TLR and iPhone is born (If Victor Frankenstein was into photography, this would be his monster). Despite the looks, IT WORKS GREAT! I no longer feel like a photographic fraud. Instead a fully-fledged creative type taking beautiful square format, scratchy, saturated, and bizarre looking photos without a single faux-fifilter! Want to build one yourself? Well of course you do.

Here’s what you’re going to need. An old TLR camera, the older the better, it doesn’t need to work it just needs a waist level viewfinder (mines an old Kodak duaflex I got for £5 $9). An iPhone clip on case you don’t mind putting glue on, some cardboard, scissors glue and of course an iPhone.


Build a cardboard hat for your TLR camera that is at least four inches tall, and glue it on.

Then attach a lid and glue on your iPhone case, so the hole for the camera is in the centre of the lid (cut a hole so the camera can see the TLR viewfinder)

Lastly pop on your iPhone and get snapping! Below are some results from this very camera

Happy Pinhole Day

More results from experimenting with 8x10 colour papere negatives and using the RA4 Reversal Process, seem to be getting there with the filters but the paper came out really mottled (this might be due to using my bathroom as a makeshift dark room and it not being 100% dark)

Filters were Cibachrome 120Y90M

Rated the paper at ISO 6 

1/15 f5.6

It was sunny today but not that sunny! Either way think I may have over done it this paper is defiantly not ISO 2 will try again tomorrow at 10 and 15

It was sunny today but not that sunny! Either way think I may have over done it this paper is defiantly not ISO 2 will try again tomorrow at 10 and 15

Work horse

Work horse

This shot was taken yesterday continuing my mucking about with the RA4 Reversal Process, i pulled the dark slide out a little bit more each time to see how different exposures effected a filter combo that I liked. I would say im happy with the middle strip, you cant see it in this shitty scan but there are greens in there! finally GREEN! also seems to be infrared trees? anyone got any ideas about that?
130y90m+UV all from cibachrome set

This shot was taken yesterday continuing my mucking about with the RA4 Reversal Process, i pulled the dark slide out a little bit more each time to see how different exposures effected a filter combo that I liked. I would say im happy with the middle strip, you cant see it in this shitty scan but there are greens in there! finally GREEN! also seems to be infrared trees? anyone got any ideas about that?

130y90m+UV all from cibachrome set

well worth a watch, saw this on Mark Hiltons Blog which is also well worth checking out.

Some more experiments from today, didn’t go so well these ones. I used some of the filters I bought this week but think I need to go much more extreme with them, maybe if the second picture wasn’t quite as over exposed it would have been ok. will try again tomorrow.

The video shows the magic moment when the negative becomes a positive

Game changer, will post some results soon

Game changer, will post some results soon