Ten Second Kaleidoscope Lens




Introduction: Ten Second Kaleidoscope Lens

A great way to make a super-simple kaleidoscope out of an old gift card. I got this idea from the Dusan Makavejev movie "WR:Mysteries of the Organism". One of the first scenes was shot through what appeared to be a kaleidoscope lens. It was amazing, so I went online to try and find one for one of my own cameras but didn't find a thing.

This is a wonderful way to add an interesting effect to your photos in-camera. This method seems to work best on point-and-shoot cameras, TLRs and camcorders. The kaleidoscope effect is a whole lot more subtle on SLRs, but interesting nevertheless.

Step 1: Materials

All you need, really, is a gift card, some tape and a pair of scissors.

If you have some extra time, an empty film canister and a drill or a carpet knife, there's a slightly more advanced way to do this.

Step 2: The Easy Way

1. Cut your gift card into strips about one inch wide.
2. With the darker side facing in, arrange your strips in a triangle shape.
3. Tape.
4. Hold up to your camera and head out to shoot.

If you don't feel like cutting or taping anything, you can simply fold your card either into a triangle or rectangle shape. This method allows you to change off between the triangle and rectangle shape by simply squeezing your hand.

Step 3: The "Hard" Way

1. Cut the bottom from your film canister with either a sharp knife or some sort of drill bit.
2. Cut out a hole in the lid approximately the size of your camera lens. My Casio Exilim is the perfect size for just cutting along the inside border, but you may have to cut smaller or larger.
3. Slip in your kaleidoscope from the Easy method and slip over your lens. This allows for hands-free photography (unless you're using an SLR, in which case you'll still have to hold it.)

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    3 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so so so so much! here i was searching for apps to give me this effect, when i could just do it all myself by hand haha. love the simplicity of it


    12 years ago on Step 2

    Thick?? You probably mean "wide"


    Reply 12 years ago on Step 2

    Haha, that's right. I'll fix it.