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Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A KaleidoscopeWe all need to shake things up once in a while to keep our inspiration fresh. Few things are as damaging for any artist as feeling as if they are in a rut, the same old, same old. Nothing new or exciting.

When that feeling starts to enter my artistic endeavors, I try new things to get me thinking differently or looking at the same subject in a new light.

Enter the magical kaleidoscope!

This is a cheap, gimmicky kid’s toy to mix up your creative side. I first used one when asked by a client to employ one for a portrait shoot. He was looking for something different for promo shots and his music (under the band name The Cheebacabra) has a physchadelic feel to it, which works well with a kaleidoscope.

Here then are some tips for shooting with a kaleidoscope to get your creative juices flowing again.

  • Use both sides of the kaleidoscope. They produce different patterns.
  • When holding the scope at a distance, it can be helpful to focus on the rim of the scope if your autofocus is freaking out from all the images.
  • Manual focus will often be your friend with the shifting patterns.
  • Fun Project: Shoot Through A KaleidoscopeHold the scope close to your camera for lesser multiples and further for more.
  • Vary the angle to let images ‘bleed’ off one direction or the other.
  • Purchase only a kaleidoscope which is clear all the way through if you want multiple images. The longer versions, with cool stuff on the inside, don’t allow for as much playing.
  • Take a photo with the kaleidoscope, then transfer it to your computer. With that image on the screen, take another shot through the kaleidoscope for even more multiples. Rinse and repeat.
  • Most of all, have fun!

This is a technique that works with high-end DSLRs or simple point and shoots. And kaleidoscopes are cheap; mine cost all of $4USD (here is a link to the manufacture’s website).

Post a link to your images below if you have good results with this technique.

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

Fun Project: Shoot Through A Kaleidoscope

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter West Carey

Peter West Carey leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics - A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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