I recently joined a new site called 365Project.org. It's an awesome site that encourages photography for all levels of photographers and the concept is quite simple. Take one photo a day & post for 365 days. A journey of your life, a dairy of your continuing development of your photo taking skills. A another great social network to meet and view others work.
Inevitably, you take more than one picture. Or want to share more than your daily allotted shot, so we create a 2nd album, share on Face book or our favorite photo sharing website. Inevitably, you meet people and become online friends... Catherine & I have been sharing about the technique referred to "Thru the Viewfinder". A very simple concept. Take an old camera such as a Kodak Dualflex or Argus 40, the kind where you look down thru the viewfinder via a mirror in the camera. The kind, that by now should have grim, lint and grunge in edges of the glass lens and mirror because THAT's what you want to show up on your picture. In order to line up your digital camera with the hand held camera, you have to build a light blocking tube or as it's affectionately called by fellow TTV'ers, a Contraption. Here's what I used to build mine...found in the plumbing aisle of my super home improvement store...
Both my Argus and Kodak came with a protective metal hinged lens cover... remove it. It was a matter of unscrewing just a few screws and poof done. I screwed the screws back in, and tucked the hinge away incase I'd like to reattach it later.
Here's the finished "contraption" In total, I spent about $8.00 on the whole thing. For me it was worth it. Others like recycling and cutting old cereal boxes, cardboard or foamboard to create their contraption..
So, there you have it. My view of how to create a light blocking contraption for your Thru the Viewfinder technique. I like mounting my whole mess to a tripod, so I have both hands free to hold, focus and adjust my digital camera. After some playing, you get fun shots like this. Also keep in mind, a mirror IS used to create this affect, all printed images will come out backwards and you'll view it backwards while focusing...so play!!