I’ve been intrigued by possibilities for mixing old and new technologies in the creation of videos and still photos. Online, I’ve found lots of information about making your own camera obscura to capture and project images in a box, which you can then capture with your SLR or compact video and film cameras. Why bother? You get a unique, narrow depth of field (some objects are in focus but most aren’t) and a vignette, or darkening effect around the edges, and other effects that are difficult to capture in digital cameras. In a matter of a couple of hours, I’d learned how to make one, and gathered the needed supplies (in this case, just a shoebox, a hand lens, paper clips, tape and a sheet of tracing paper). It’s quite simple, and while crude, the results are interesting. Watch a full tutorial here.