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