Sunday, October 3, 2010

A fish-eye lens has been on my wish list for quite a while. I love the effect it can bring to a photo but couldn’t justify paying the price before knowing how often I’d actually want to use it. This was until I was in a hotel and looked through the peep-hole and thought to myself, “BINGO!” Not because room service had finally come with dessert, but because it gives the feeling that you're peeping through a fish-eye lens!

After a little research I found the perfect recipe for a perfect DIY lens that doesn't require being Tim "the tool man" Taylor. (If you are unfamiliar with that name, please focus your attention to the photo on the right and keep it there until the part of your brain you thought was left behind in the 90's comes back.)

Alright now, down to business! What you'll need is: a peephole (which you can find on amazon), a lens cap that fits your camera, (I’m using this one) strong glue or tape and a drill.

Steps (pinky promise these aren't complicated, if I can do it, ANYONE can.)

  1. Measure the base of the peephole and draw a circle on the lens as a guide for where you’ll be drilling. You’ll to drill the circle to be big enough to fit the peephole but small enough to make sure it’ll stay when glued in
  2. Drill a hole in the lens SLOWLY (remember you can always drill more, but can't take it back!) all the way through the lens until the peephole fits snugly well into the hole you've created.
  3. Then place the peephole in the hole securing it with a bit of strong glue or tape.
  4. Let it dry or set overnight and VOILA! Use it! Start taking lots pictures of everyone and everything you see! Unless you don't know them, in that case it might be creepy.. Use discretion.

The finished product should look something like the picture above. Not the picture of Tim holding a wrench, although if it does turn out like that...take a picture.

Until next time,


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