These guys made a working camera out of a potato

Jun 29, 2018

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

These guys made a working camera out of a potato

Jun 29, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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“Ugh, what did you take that photo with, a potato?” Well, the guys from Corridor Crew would answer this question with a yes. They literally made a camera out of a potato and even took some shots with it. In this fun video, they share the process of making, as well as some challenges they faced along the way.

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Niko of Corridor Crew took up the challenge of making the camera. But the problems started as soon as he carved out a potato. He figured out that the light travels through it, so it would expose the film before he was ready to take photos. Therefore, he introduced a modern technology to the potato camera: 3D printing. He designed and printed a chamber for the film to place it into the potato. Next stop: carving!

The potato needed the space for the film and for the lens. So, Niko carved it with surgical precision and crammed everything inside. Finally, he gave it some fancy finish with black duct tape.

After testing the lens on an actual camera and finding the perfect aperture and shutter speed settings, it was time to insert the film into the potato camera. Niko did it in a pitch black room so that the light wouldn’t destroy the film. Now, it’s shooting time.

When the film came in from the lab, Niko and the guys scanned it to see the results. They got some pretty spooky “Slenderman” images, but they’re far from being sharp, properly focused photos.

Although Niko and the guys got some pretty bad shots, we’ve seen before that a potato camera can actually perform rather well. But hey, the creepy Slenderman photos aren’t that bad. I guess they’re exactly a kind of photos for which someone would ask you: “Did you take these with a potato?!”

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8 responses to “These guys made a working camera out of a potato”

  1. Lee Ballard Avatar
    Lee Ballard

    That’s nothing, in the UK we made a foreign secretary out of a potato!

  2. Vlad Moldovan Avatar
    Vlad Moldovan

    This brings the technical expression of “picture quality potato” to a whole new level.

  3. Moses Rodriguez Avatar
    Moses Rodriguez

    I wonder if they mash up their images?

  4. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    You’ve got good “eyes”

  5. Gary Sthland Avatar
    Gary Sthland

    They also managed too recreate a American President from a spud didn’t go well though it was full of rot

    1. timothyf7 Avatar
      timothyf7

      Wow a Lily calling someone a Spud?

  6. Daniel Strickland Avatar
    Daniel Strickland

    Start at 3:39 – https://youtu.be/l8WYnCj51xo

  7. timothyf7 Avatar
    timothyf7

    One word… “WHY”?