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

E46 Matt Bechberger

This week the gang talks to Matt Bechberger, longtime listener and contributor of some excellent cameras to the first Homemade Camera Podcast Zine!  Matt is launching a new kickstarter campaign for Reveni labs, making a shoe mounted light meter.  Check out the project here:

E45 – Thanks

In this episode the boys talk about their photographic mentors; how many shots in a roll are good, and if that matters; a chicken parade, whatever that is; future builds and what they’ve been up to this past week, including laser camera triggers; SWAT team device programming, making 3D printed pens, Drawing, and of course, camerabuilding.

Also, on a whim, Ethan made a Zine, check it out here: https://www.cameradactyl.com/buttergrip/camerastickers


Photographic Cameras and Accessories by Paul Hasluck ed.

E43: The Danger Boyz

We start our discussion with potential destinations for a dream photographic trip anywhere in the world.

Dave and Simon, the DangerBoyz, made a documentary film about shooting a photograph in a huge disused World War II oil storage tank in Scotland. Not only did they shoot the image in the tank, but they also set up a darkroom and developed the film and made a large format print of the tank. They talk about the film, how they met, and why they wanted to tackle this improbable task. 

The discussion ranges from rock climbing to trash bag cameras, paper negatives in the dark and bickering with the world’s longest echo.

No interview with Si and Dave would be complete without a discussion about their documentary film, One Shot: Inchindown (https://inchindown.com/) and what it took to make a very large print from a negative they exposed in the super huge oil storage tanks in Scotland (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inchindown_oil_tanks). 

Dave and Simon talk about what project they are currently working on (is Simon a bat?). Could lava tubes be in the future? Glass plates in a fjord?

We talk about what we’ve all been doing lately: Graham has been printing copies of his 6X12 camera that has now been renamed the Kraken and has an official release date (April 16, 2020). Ethan calls dibs on the use of the name Chupacabra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra), Graham challenges Ethan for reserving the name, loses the argument but wins in the end. 

Nick’s been in Tuscon this week, away from the dark skies of the Northwestern winter. He arrived with a broken medium format camera so he stopped at Monument Photo (https://www.google.com/maps/place/15+E+Fort+Lowell+Rd,+Tucson,+AZ+85705/@32.2650815,-110.9734827,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x86d67161ca413fd7:0x533e55b0f04641b0!8m2!3d32.2650815!4d-110.971294) and bought a 90-year-old Zeiss Ikonta that works wonderfully. 

Ethan made a 3D-printed toilet tank flap holder. He loves to flush now.

Dave has been doing some photo mash-ups with swirl-spirals, triptychs and wax paper. 

Simon Hanging off ropes upside down in the tanks. There’s a lot going on down there.

We move on to shoutouts. 

Graham points out the Instagram feed of Thomas Berg (@ThomasBergPhoto).

Earlier in the episode, Ethan mentions Nikki Glaser (https://nikkiglaser.com/). He also gives shouts to Simon, Perry, Johnny from the Classic Lenses Podcast (https://www.classiclensespodcast.com/)

Nick mentions Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams (https://www.ifcfilms.com/films/cave-of-forgotten-dreams)

Dave mentions Mikey Sturgess and his Holga posts.  (https://michaelsturgess.com/) and Valde-North (https://twitter.com/jeremynorth?lang=en).

You can get in touch with us thusly:

Ethan (Ethan@cameradactyl.com)

Nick (Nick@homemadecamera.com)

Graham (Graham@homemadecamera.com)

Dave (DavidSAllen.com)

Simon (You’ll know it if you run into him)

The show’s not over once the music ends. (Cryptic hint of the day)

E42 Jeff Perry


We start off by talking about Ethan’s successful Kickstarter, the Brancopan. It’s been made real by you, the listeners along with others.

This week our guest is Jeff Perry from 20th Century Camera (https://20thcenturycamera.com/) We learn about Jeff’s real age (he’s nine, folks) and how he got started in photography and then built an automatic Jello Shot machine.

We find out that while Jeff likes modifying old cameras, part of his design ethic is to make any modifications reversible so the cameras can be restored to their original operation. 

Jeff’s not only a camera modifier but also is a designer of full cameras, shutter systems, and the like.

Jeff makes a line of developing “reels” in sizes from 2 by 3 to 8 by 10 for sheet film (listen to the show for the full list or visit https://20thcenturycamera.com/). We get the story of the development (pun!) of these devices.

We roll on to our goals for 2020.

Graham has purchased but not yet received the book, Build Your Own View Camera!: An Easy and Inexpensive Passport to the Professional World of Photography for the Hobbyist by Bert West. He’ll let everyone know what it’s like when he gets it. 

Jeff mentioned Peter Gowland (https://www.petergowland.com/) and Norman Dean (@analognmd on Instagram) who makes roll film backs for Polaroid Land cameras.

Graham mentions: 

Ryan Wyss https://www.ryanwyss.com/cold-camera/2020/1/9/cold-cam-v2 

Mina Saleeb asked if Graham was going to make a 6X15 or 6X17 version of the 6Twelve. The answer is not right now but maybe soon. 

Michael Catalano mentioned that he is in the process of creating a 6X12 as well.

Get in touch with Jeff: Jeff@20thcentury.com Web 20thcenturycamera.com IG: @20thcenturycamera IG@Jeffery.Who FB 4JeffPerry, 20thCenturyCamera






E41 Panoramic Business

The guys start off talking about the process of designing any project and then launch into a discussion about the panoramic aspect ratio and the ways to shoot them. Ethan’s Brancopan (back it now on Kickstarter [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/416154634/the-cameradactyl-brancopan]) and Graham’s 6Twelve are discussed. 

They further discuss business models for getting designs out to the world.

Ethan needs a contact at Kodak, so if you know someone, drop him a line.

Nick talks a bit about methods of creating self-developing camera systems including a coffee cart that also is a camera.

Graham is giving away the alpha version of the 6Twelve and Holga masks. Go to homemadecamera.com/giveaway

Book: The Inventor and the Tycoon by Edward Ball (https://www.amazon.com/Inventor-Tycoon-Murderer-Muybridge-Entrepreneur/dp/0767929403)

Lori Brooks:https://www.instagram.com/fashionistalori/

Brendan Barry: https://brendanbarry.co.uk/

Dave Walker: https://www.instagram.com/davethewalker80/

E40 Brendan Barry

In this Episode Graham and Ethan talk to a man who needs no introduction, Brendan Barry, superstar camera maker.  Brendan makes cameras out of Fruit and vegetables, shipping containers, trailers (or caravans for those listeners in the UK), blocks of cheese, and even a skyscraper.  He may make the worlds most whimsical cameras.  He is an inspiration to us, and will be to you too.  

Unless you still have a carphone in a briefcase, you’ve probably seen Brendan’s work before, but just in case, here are some links to his most excellent and inspiring work:

E39 Daniel Keating

In this episode we talk to Daniel Keating about topics wide ranging from homemade cameras and films to bartering with the soviets over photochemistry.  Daniel is an amazing resource of photographic and photochemical knowledge, and he gives a freight train of an interview that we suppose only scratches the surface of what he knows and has to share.  This is a great one to listen to with a pad and paper, or google opened in your browser.

You can find Daniel on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/daniel.keating.tucson and if you’re lucky, you can catch him on the homemade camera podcast facebook group!

E38 In Which The Afghan Box Camera Challenge is Extended

This week we extend the afghan box camera and talk about developments towards that project.  We talk about the RA-4 Color reversal process more in depth, and its potential inside an ‘instant’ camera.  Ethan talks about involving Joe Van Cleave in the process.

Ethan talks about trying a Kickstarter to sell the plans for his next camera to a group of people and then giving them away free to the world.


Johnny and Perry’s discussion on presentation of images. (https://www.classiclensespodcast.com/e/93-listeners-emails-eventually/) Whole roll conceptPreview YouTube video Large format COLOR POLAROID ALTERNATIVE. Direct Positive RA-4 Reversal Prints. ft. Joe Van Cleave


Large format COLOR POLAROID ALTERNATIVE. Direct Positive RA-4 Reversal Prints. ft. Joe Van Cleave Joe’s Video on the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry6ycSgT8g8&t=6s