The Gameboy camera was launched 20 years ago, and we’ve seen some interesting projects with it. But what they all have in common is that they’re black and white. Matt Gray managed to take color photos with his Gameboy camera, and in this video, he’ll show you how he did it.
Perhaps you’ve heard of photographer Sergeĭ Prokudin-Gorskiĭ, who took a color photo of Emir Bukharskii somewhere between 1905 and 1915. If he could have done it over a century ago, why not do it with the camera from 1998? All you need is three color filters: red, green and blue.
So, Matt bought these filters, set his Gameboy camera onto a tripod and started taking photos. For each photo, he’d make three shots, each with the different filter in front of the lens.
Then, he combined the black and white shots into a single image. He opened all three in Photoshop and made a new document with RGB color. He copied each image onto the red, green and blue layer of the document and ended up with a color photo. Simple as that!
This process isn’t new at all, but I’ve never seen anyone do it with a Gameboy camera. And I wonder what these photos would look like if they got “fixed” with the help of AI. If you have a Gameboy camera, you can try this too. But of course, you can do it with your phone or your digital camera set to black & white shooting mode.
You can see more of Matt’s work on his Instagram and Flickr. And here are a few more interesting projects with a Gameboy camera:
- Photographing Moon craters
- Photographing Formula 1
- Photographing solar eclipse
- Canon EF lens mount for a Gameboy camera
[Game Boy Camera: Can I Make It Take A Colour Photo? | Matt Gray]
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