E55 – Sam Trachsel – 16×20 camera and direct color positives

In this Episode of the Homemade Camera Podcast, the guys talk to Sam Trachsel of Ars-Imago about his homemade 16×20 camera that he has been using to shoot direct color positives.


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This is Sam Trachsel’s blog post about the camera on Ars-Imago’s blog:


Sam’s Instagram:


Joe Van Cleave’s videos on the process:

CAMERADACTYL’s video about the process:

E54 John Aldred of DIYPhotography.net

In this episode the guys talk to John Aldred of DIYPhotography.net and youtube fame.  John is one of those analog (and not so analog) industry figures that Ethan fealt like he should get to know, but he never expected the breadth and depth of Johns knowledge and stories about venomous snakes.  (Hint: there’s a great one after the end music).

John writes about trends, products and techniques in the photo and video industry and about technology in general, and is a rare tech writer who will cover smaller and more niche products.  It’s a little bit of a different perspective than our usual camera-building guests, which was a good thing.  John has a deep love of tinkering and it really shows.

Check out Johns writing on www.DIYPhotography.net

and check out his youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/johnaldred

E53 Nicks Baby Speed – First Video Episode – Watch on Youtube

In this episode Nick shows Graham and Ethan the camera he has built from a baby speed graphic.  

This is our first episode experimenting with recording video.  The video is low quality webcam footage and screen shares, but we thought it might be a good starting point to show what we are talking to eachother about.  If you are listening on a computer, we recommend watching the episode on Youtube instead.  

This is the link: 


Homemade Camera Zine 2020 Call for Submissions.

It’s time for you to submit your camera builds for the Homemade Camera Zine 2020!

We are looking for all types of builds, from Matchbox Pinholes to Ultra-Large-Format view cameras and everything in between. Send your entries to:

HMCzine2020 AT gmail.com

In the body of the email include the following:

  • Pictures of the camera
  • Pictures taken by the camera
  • Pictures of the build (if you took any)
  • Your name
  • Your social media contacts 
  • A description of the build
  • A description of what it’s like to shoot the camera
  • An assessment of what you might change on a future version of the camera
  • Anything else you think is important about this build

E52 Graham Hufton AKA Chickenthumbs

This episode features a conversation with Graham Hufton, otherwise known as Chicken Thumbs (https://www.instagram.com/chickenthumbs/) a Canadian living in Manhattan. We learn about his career in Industrial Design, including office furniture, museum exhibits, deodorant, and other things you will find in Target. 

We talk about “gendered” design and how different visual cues are as much a result of the manufacturing process as with the target demographic. 

Graham mentions the book Master Shipwright’s Secrets:  https://www.amazon.com/Warship-Tyger-shipwrights-secrets-Restoration/dp/1472838386

E51 Graham, Nick and Ethan Catch Up

In this episode, Graham, Nick and Ethan catch up on some of their projects.  They talk about the new Raspberry Pi Camera and digital camera possibilities; Nicks progress on his 8×10; his experience with the Universal Speed camera, and with the Kracken.  

The gang talks about the next issue of the Homemade Camera Zine, and ways to make photographic images without a camera

Gunpowder prints/hybrid gunpowder prints: http://christophercolville.com/

Camera Lucida: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugv0XhUd2l4

Dave Allen:  https://davidsallen.com/portfolio-items/pretty-photos/

Flaver D Miro-2C Camera : https://www.flickr.com/photos/17202358@N00/49898532846/

E50 Nicole Small

For this episode, we welcome Nicole Small to discuss her homemade cameras, her love of pinhole photography and how she found herself as a (self) portrait artist. 

You can find her work in these locations and follow along with the discussions:




She mentions friend Mark Boucier and how he got her into photography.

The use of micro drill bits vs. pins for drilling pinholes. Here’s a link to some:  (https://smile.amazon.com/XLX-Circuit-Carbide-Tungsten-Jobber/dp/B01LWP84P7/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=micro+drill+bit+set+.10&qid=1588605831&sr=8-2)

Nicole works quite a bit with Cyanotype and the variant Cyanotype Rex developed by Terry King:



Also, direct positive cyanotypes:



Direct positive black and white processing links:

Color Direct Positive Filter Set:


Nicole talks about one of her biggest influencers, Randy Mayer a large-format photography teacher she bumped into at a camera store who became an influence in her technical photographic life and pushed her into doing a solo exhibit. 


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https://soundtrapstudios.com/Sound_trap_studios/Home.html (Robbie Cribbs)

E49 Enlargers and Stuff

We start off the show with a discussion on how to make an enlarger from photographic stuff most photographers have around the house. 

Then, there’s a talk about a pinhole project Graham is putting together which Nick insists should be called the Kraken 612 Triclops Predator. We also talk about Nicole Small (https://www.instagram.com/nicolesmall_oneonone/) ahead of the next episode when she will be our guest for the whole show. 

Chris Peregoy’s Pinhole Blender site is mentioned (http://www.pinholeblender.com/) along with the Mr. Pinhole pinhole calculator site (https://www.mrpinhole.com/calcpinh.php)

Also talked about is JOE VAN CLEAVE’s Advent Camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg3utTjG2ZE&t=477s

Nick tries to steal Graham’s Canomorpic name for his own project, (though he does write it Can-O-Morphic so it may get past the Trademark police), a whole-roll 360 degree camera.

We talk about Perry Ge’s work adapting various lenses to his Pentax 6X7 and a special pimp-out accessory for his X-Pan.

Lastly, one of the ugliest cars ever, the Local Motors Rally Fighter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rally_Fighter makes a cameo.

Thanks Robbie! http://soundtrapstudios.com/Sound_trap_studios/Home.html

E48 Giveaway Drawing

We start out with a variation on the Desert Island Camera question, a Quarantine Island camera and morph that into talking about cameras we can build with junk you have hanging around the house. Hint: Kites, Rockets, Coconuts, Plasti-Dip and Hardie Board. 

Then, we use the Google Random Number Generator to give away several sets of Holga Masks and an early Kraken 612 development model. 

Through the end of April you can get 15% off a Kraken 612 using the code RELEASETHEKRAKEN15 at my Etsy Store. 


You can see all about the Kraken 612 at http://frozenphoton.com/

We move on to a discussion about what we’ve been doing in life and in cameras:

Nick: Hiding out at home and finishing up some regular work. Finding half-done projects. 8X10 camera build.

Ethan:  Crowd-sourced Ventilators.  Formed (joined?) small International group of 8-12 people to work on non-digital ventilators for people who may need lower-tech ventilators that get around the need for expensive and possibly hard to source digital components.  After starting with valves. In one week produced 2 working prototype, ready for testing. This ventilator uses mechanical/pneumatic controllers instead of digital ones. The key is a 4-way diverter valve, allowing a degree of analog logic control of the airflow.  Working on patent language (not for patent, but for clarity of communicating the concepts and design). Online source of projects. Ethan’s team, openventilator.io . . . , is now ranked 5 and may go to number one by the time you hear this.  


Graham: LIFE: Teaching online. Different. No commute time to get my head ready. Routine is good. Most students seem to be taking to the format. Starting up a DND game. 

Cameras: To get my mojo back, I took out a Bronica EC-TL for the first time in a long time. The Kraken is on sale. Changed the license. Shot my 4 X 10 but haven’t developed yet. 

Nick talks about long sticks in the time before drones.

Thanks Robbie! https://soundtrapstudios.com/Sound_trap_studios/Home.html