How to fake a TTV photo

TTV photo tip 1Hi friends! While Kelli was staying at my house last month she taught me to take photos with one of my vintage cameras. I loved what she shared so much that I immediately grabbed my camera and photographed a quick impromptu how-to to share with you! Here is Kelli's easy method for faking photos that look authentically vintage… Enjoy! TTV photo tip 2

 

Collecting vintage cameras is something we all love to do, right? They look pretty on a shelf, but it's even more fun to be able to take advantage of their charm- even if they aren't in working condition or you are unable to find film. So, combining your digital camera with a super cool old camera….you will get a fabulous vintage photo that has a very authentic feel to it. When I saw Elsie's old Ansco Rediflex camera, I knew I wanted to try this technique out on her.

You will need two cameras to make this happen. A vintage camera with a waist level viewfinder (meaning, you have to hold the camera far from your eye- down by your waist- to see your subject clearly). In order to take a steady photo, I stacked a few books on top of a large moving box so I could place the vintage camera down so I could get a steady focus with my digital camera. I focused on Elsie through the viewfinder of the vintage camera. (see above) Depending on which lens you are using, you may need to manually focus in order to get the  clearest image. These old cameras have a tendency to have dirty lenses, which I love… it adds to the character….so you'll need to really focus on your subject, making sure your  camera isn't focusing on something else. At the same time- imperfections are perfect when it comes to this type of photography. There really aren't any rules and soft images can be really beautiful too!TTV photo tip 3TTV photo tip 4You can take this a step further and crop out everything but the black border in photoshop (or whatever editing program you use) to get a a real TTV look out of your photo. Dust off your vintage cameras and play around with the possibilities they have! Experiment and have fun!

Thanks so much, Kelli! If you're curious about where to find a camera like this try your local flea markets (where I got mine), etsy vintage or eBay (try searching "rediflex"). I love this easy method to create vintage style photos without film. xoxo. elsie

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  • Good tutorial, except it really IS a TTV (through the viewfinder) photo. You’re not faking anything.

  • This is such a good idea, although now I may have to buy another camera…o well! x

  • Why do you call this faking a TTV photo? You’re actually creating ttv photos; this is how it’s done… :-S

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  • i don’t get it, why don’t you just put some film in it and take the photos the way they were intended to be used?

  • What a fun idea. I have a old working camera but the film for it is so expensive. Thanks for this

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  • This is a great idea! Finally I have a use for my dad’s really old camera. That puppy had a broken focus and the price to fix it was astronomical.

    Thanks for sharing so quickly!

    I have a feeling my spring break photos are going to be vintage themed…

    🙂 Ewa

  • wait, but you didn’t “fake” the TTV…you made a TTV photo 🙂 TTV is “through the viewfinder”. You take a picture with one camera by using the viewfinder of another.

    You faked a vintage camera photo, but you made a real TTV! 🙂

  • wow this is such a great idea!! I have so many vintage camera’s that don’t work anymore and this will be such a fun way of using them again. Thanks Elsie! Good luck with the best DIY blog contest!

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  • What a fun idea… might have to start looking for a vintage camera in our area to play around with!

  • Ooo I love this…I always want to buy old cameras but never do because they don’t work…now I have a reason to buy them! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 -Lo

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  • Oh my gosh! Totally! I have an Ansco Anscoflex 1950 camera and have done this exact little project! Fabulous!!

  • That’s such a clever idea! I will suggest this to my brother with his growing vintage camera collection… 😀

  • I own a vintage camera like that! What a great idea!

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  • We found my dad’s old lubitel 2 and last summer took it on holiday with us. We tried this technique but also ran a few films through – the results are like stepping back in time. You can see them here… http://hearthwitch-cottage.blogspot.com/2011/11/hearth-and-home-links-to-past.html?m=0

    If anyone has one of these vintage cameras I would definitely recommend at least trying to run a film through – you may be amazed!

    Great post, as always, Elsie. Xx

  • What a wonderful idea! I really really love this. Thanks for sharing!
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  • But….surely what you did there wasn’t a fake TTV. You really did take a photo through the viewfinder of another camera!!
    Love the photos 🙂

  • As soon as I got my vintage camera last Christmas I took photos like this! I love how unique it looks! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog. Inspires me everyday. 🙂

  • Neat! I’d love to start experimenting with different cameras, especially vintage…I voted for you btw. Good luck 🙂

  • So so so cute! I love looking through my ‘lookdown’ camera; everything looks so beautiful! I took mine out last month to take some film shots (http://www.lostinthehaze.com/?p=3801) I think it’s time for another photo-taking adventure! x

  • i totally have that camera and am so reluctant to buy the super expensive film. thanks for posting – you are saving me frustration & $$

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  • I love doing this! It that pretty vintagey look without all the photoshop. love it.

  • What a fantastic idea! I’m totally trying this tomorrow. Thanks!

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  • This is so awesome! I have an awesome vintage camera at home similar to your Rediflex, but I have no idea where to get the film or where to get it developed. I am so trying this when I go home during spring break! 🙂

  • How fantastic! The effect created is so pretty and unique, a very inspired idea!
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  • So fun!! I’ve seen this technique and been wanting to try it out, but now that I have seen your instructions and cute results, I’m going to make it happen this weekend. Thanks!

  • i’ve been wondering about how to do this! i have a few brownies i can’t wait to play with!

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