Turning an entire room into camera obscura is a pretty cool thing. Finnish couple behind Bonfoton decided to make it easy, and they launched Bonfoton Lens – an optical device that lets you turn any room into a giant camera obscura. It’s simple to use, and you can quickly enjoy the projection of the outside world on the walls of your room.
The Bonfoton Lens frame is a sort of an adapter that goes onto your black out roller blind. It comes with a magnetic snap on-snap off attachment system for the easy application. It also comes with a black out cover plate, so you can still use the roller blind normally while the Bonfoton attachment plates are in place.
If you don’t have the black out roller blinds – you can cover the windows in several different ways. Tommi and Annika, the makers of Bonfoton, share a simple way to do it with tinfoil:
All you need is a roll of tin foil and water spray bottle. Lightly spray water on the window screen and roll the tin foil over it. Works really well and blocks 100% of the light.
There are DIY methods to turn your room into camera obscura, which you may have seen on our blog. However, Bonfoton lens allows you to cut the bigger hole in the black out roller blind/tinfoil, so more light will get into the room. And with the Bonfoton lens, the projection inside the room will be brighter and sharper.
With the outside world projected in your room, you can take interesting photos or just enjoy the show. I think I’d just chill to the music and watch the outside world on the walls of my home. Bonfoto Lens is an affordable gadget, and you can order it on their website at the price of €27 (around $32).