Make Real-Life Analog Filters From Old Negatives And Candy Wrappers

You know what’s great? Magnets. You know what’s equally great? Filtered photos. Which makes this little DIY project – using both magnets and homemade filters – double great, right? Right guys?

If you have one of those hard-to-align magnetic accessory lenses for your iPhone, go grab it now. I’l wait. Now, blow the dust off and then try to find one of the spare adhesive rings which came in the bag. Try to forget how long it took you to scrub off the sticky residue the last time you did this, and stick it in place. Curse yourself for being too cheap to buy that Olloclip.

Now line it up properly. Done? Great. On to step 2. Go grab some old negatives from the shoebox at the back of the closet. Don’t have any film? It doesn’t matter. See-through colored candy wrappers will do, or any colored cellophane. Negatives are best, though, as you can either choose the orangey lead-in part which has no image, or you can use an actual (not to dense please) picture neg.

Now, cut to size (or not – it doesn’t matter) and place the colored sheet between the lens and camera before letting the magnet stick. You’re done! Instant, analog Instagram filters with live preview at full resolution.

Now, if you’re feeling really ricky, you can combine this with colored flash/LED lighting to create some super weird effects. Experiment: Will, for instance, a red filter on the flash render the things it lights as black when shot through a green filter? I DON’T KNOW. BUT I CAN FIND OUT. It’s gonna be fun!

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