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Film Holder to Photo Frame

Have some old large format film holders sitting around? Use them as picture frames!
Hang them on a wall or put them in a stand.

Don't have any but like this idea?  Click HERE to shop KEH Camera's selection of film holders.

Repurposing Old Lens Cases

A simple way to add some vintage style to your life with items you already have laying around or can find super cheap.
Use an old lens case as a plant or flower vase holder for the office or home.
Use them to organize office supplies.
Use one to leave a note or treat in for someone (a la message in a bottle or special delivery style).
Use an old filter case to hold your memory cards, or other small items. (Also a good case to put jewelry in when traveling).

The possibilities are endless!

Shooting TTV: When Old Meets New

Shooting "Real" TTV: You may be wondering what to do with your old film cameras that may or may not be in working condition. An interesting way to combine old and new technology is to shoot through the viewfinder, or TTV. One of the most common cameras being used for this technique is the Kodak Duaflex, but any camera with a large waist level type viewfinder will do.
The Duaflex has a convex viewfinder which creates a nice edge effect.In addition to the Duaflex, you will need a digital SLR with a macro lens. A lens with an extension tube or a close up filter would also work. In order to keep most of the light out and avoid glare on the viewfinder, you will also need material to build a shade which you will shoot the viewfinder through. I used cardboard and duct tape that I spray painted black. To determine the height of the box, focus the SLR and lens you are using on the viewfinder so that it fills as much of the shot as possible and measure the distance between the SLR camera and the top of the Duaflex (or other viewfinder model).

My finished product looked like this:
The images have a vintage feel with the immediacy that comes with using digital technology. This technique is also nice for creating texture and a different look without using Photoshop.

Shooting "Fake" TTV: You can also create this effect in Photoshop if you take one shot TTV on a white background to use as a "filter", or download a pre-made TTV filter.Once you have the TTV image, pick any image you would like to transform. Open both images in Photoshop. Select "all" in your TTV image and copy your selection. Now click on your regular image and paste the TTV image into this image (I resized my image to more closely match the TTV image). You will not be able to see through the pasted TTV shot until you select the layer with the TTV image and switch the drop down menu from normal to multiply. Now you can choose to manipulate the opacity until the desired effect is produced. I also selected my background layer and adjusted the brightness a little higher since the TTV layer darkened the original layer.
Either way you do it, this process produces a fun effect that is rapidly growing in popularity!

~Christina Hodgen

Camera Robots

Artist Cat Bishop has been creating assemblage sculptures for a living since 2006. Some favorites are her camera robot sculptures that are super kitschy retro cool. We asked Cat, 'how did you come up with the idea to make these?' and she replied, "I was a collector and reseller of vintage objects. One day I just started stacking things and they came to life. I assembled a lot of my kitchen before I moved on to camera robots. I'd always loved old cameras, especially bakelite ones so I had a few around. I also had many bakelite pool balls so they became the obvious choice for heads."

Cat Bishop has a love for 1950's design that strongly shows in her work. She says, "It's so stylized and easily recognizable, can we say that about the 1990's? Clearly they don't make things like they used to, so I use the old things." Some favorite materials include bakelite, vintage billiard and crochet balls, Kodak Brownie cameras, clocks, 1950s kitchenware, old toys, dominoes, & dice.

Although she does use old cameras, she says she doesn't put legs and a head on rare collectible cameras, so "no hate mail please". She also tries if possible to use cameras that are still functioning and can actually be shot with.

Each sculpture takes on a personality of their own. Most are modeled after human-like robots, but the collection also includes some dog-like ones as well. Each piece is also given a (human-like or dog-like) name.

"Vintage Camera Robots and Their Rocket"
"Amazing Tripod Girl"
"Hubert" as "a snappy necklace"

Cat Bishops sells both her camera sculptures and photographs of the sculptures. To visit her shop on Etsy, click here.

Create a Filter

With all of the digital manipulation & filters being used lately, we wanted to do some experimenting with real, tangible filters. But, not the same old ones that we're used to using for corrections. So, a few of us at KEH Camera went on an assignment to play with creating our own filters for fun effects out of everyday household items.

To do these, we took two basic filters and sandwiched our chosen medium in the middle. Then the filter sandwich was attached onto the lens like normal. The first shots are: camera, lens, filter, and the second shots are: camera, extender, lens, filter.

Below images © Christina Hodgen
Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer
Soap and Water
Salt Water

Below images © Jenn Alexander Fletcher
Baby Powder
Eye Shadow
Heart Confetti
Glitter Nail Polish
Glitter Nail Polish


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