1- Digital SLR
1- Older Twin Lens Reflex camera (Rollie, Yashica, etc. I used a $5.00 eBay Kodak Duaflex IV)
1- Macro Lens (mine is a 60mm 1:1)
1- Heavy duty cardboard tubing
1- Roll of gaffers tape
Remove the popup shade covering the viewfinder on the top of the Twin Lens camera. Combine ingredients. Enjoy!
What exactly is this going to accomplish?
Nostalgia of coarse! More specifically, your photos should have a distressed border and added textures from the focusing screen on the twin lens camera. Every camera is different and each will give a unique look. I’ve also noticed that by tilting your SLR slightly, you can accomplish partial focus effects similar to that of lensbabies. Welcome to the world of TTV (Through The Viewfinder) photography!
- Shoot at a super high ISO for that extra “graininess” (I used 1600 for most of these shots).
- Keep in mind that the more you stop down, the more imperfections, dust, scratches will show up.
- For expired film looking color, experiment with different “incorrect” white-balance settings.
- This camera setup makes for great candid shots because the camera doesn’t appear to be pointing at your subject
- Don’t permanently attach the D-SLR to the tube. This allows for camera tilting to achieve a partial focus effect.
- A few more….
Here’s the setup.
For more on this style of photography, google “through the viewfinder” or “TTV photography.”