TTV Technique – "Through The Viewfinder"
Here is how I shot the images from the previous two posts. It is a technique called “Through The Viewfinder” or TTV for short.
My friend and fellow shooter, Kevin Abeyta (pictured above), came over the other day and picked up an old camera I had laying around as decoration and asked if I had seen the TTV work people were doing with these old cameras. I had no idea what he was talking about. He told me to search for it on Flickr. That search turned up a ton of hits.
So you take an old twin lens camera that can be found for a few bucks at flea markets, thrift stores, ebay, etc. and shoot the viewfinder of the camera.
This would work a lot better if I had a macro lens. This was shot with my 35mm f2. Then you can just crop out the rest of the frame….
This is the set up with the ghetto Lego box put around the camera and lens to cut out light falling in the viewfinder…
Like I said, I am late to the game. Check out this Flickr group. There are currently more than 3,000 members who have contributed over 21,000 TTV images into this particular pool.
There you have it. Look for these old camera that have a good amount of mold and fungus and crap in the viewfinder to add texture to the images.