I liked the idea of the Claude Glass, having a large collection of film cameras myself, I thought it would be the ultimate hipster way to take a picture.
This is a very simple instructable, and as you can see I got some nice results.
- If you read to the end, there is a bonus 'Quick & Easy' method too.
A Claude glass (or black mirror) is a small mirror, slightly convex in shape, with its surface tinted a dark colour. Bound up like a pocket-book or in a carrying case, black mirrors were used by artists, travellers and connoisseurs of landscape and landscape painting. Black Mirrors have the effect of abstracting the subject reflected in it from its surroundings, reducing and simplifying the colour and tonal range of scenes and scenery to give them a painterly quality.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
- An old overhead projector lens
- Black Spray Paint
- Masking Tape
- Methylated spirits
- Portion of felt (optional)
- Stanley Knife (boxcutter)
- Lint free cloth
- Camera equipment (I was using a DLSR, I found a 50mm prime lens worked best, so recommend any long prime lenses)
- Spraybooth / Scrap of cardboard