The kaleidoscopic effect can look mesmerizing in photos and videos. I tried achieving something like that with a prism, but photographer and videographer Travis Owens has a more clever suggestion. He has made his own kaleidoscope filter for only $20 (and it can get even cheaper). Aside from being affordable, it’s easy to make, and the effect is pretty interesting. Take a look.
Travis bought these kaleidoscope glasses, which cost around $12, but Travis says you can get them for about $3 on eBay.
He removed one of the lenses from the glasses and put it inside a 49mm-52mm adapter ring. Travis warns that the kaleidoscope glass will rub against the glass of the lens, so you need two or more adapters to extend it safely.
Finally, he screwed his new DIY lens filter on the lens he had with a 49mm screw mount.
Here are some quick test shots Travis took to try out the DIY filter:
I was fascinated by kaleidoscopes when I was a kid, and now that I’m all grown up – I still think they can give an interesting twist to photos and videos. So, I guess this will be my next DIY project to have fun with.
About Travis Owens
When he isn’t making fun DIY filters, Travis shoots the “Society Gurl” series on Youtube/Syracuse New Times, and other videos for Syracuse Woman Magazine, & Pinup Industry magazine. If you’d like to check out more of his work, make sure to follow him on Instagram and like his Facebook page.
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