Homemade Digital Lomography Camera

Faking toy camera effects with apps or software is a big fad these days, but Joel Pirela of Blue Ant Studio went a step further: he built his own homemade digital Lomography camera using some walnut wood, hand-polished aluminum frame, parts from a 5-megapixel Vivitar Vivicam, and an Olympus OM series lens.

Here are some sample photographs taken with the camera:

You can find Pirela’s walkthrough of how the camera was made over on Unplggd.

DigiLomo Camera: The Homemade Lomography Camera [Unplggd]

Image credits: Photographs by Joel Pirela

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  • cerevis

    *double facepalm* I have an old Canon 350D lying around, who thinks I should do the same…?

  • Eric Durr

    It’s a sweet looking camera that’s for sure. 

  • Dnguyen

    Homemade? Yes… Lomography? Not even in the slightest degree…

  • Anonymous

    Make. It. Stop.

    Lomo is the steampunk of photography. Fine in a handful of select instances, otherwise a ridiculous hipster cliche. And since there are literally millions of easier ways to crappy-up a sharply focused and evenly exposed image, and precious few to un-crapify a blurry vignetted one, after you’ve gotten away from the lo-fi ethos of a camera that’s crappy because its a simple plastic POS, and you build one with quality parts just to produce crap images what’s the point?

  • Anonymous

    I think there’s some logic missing here. Why build entire camera when you can just add a filter to the lens? Have we all jumped the shark?

  • mike

    I’m sorry have I missed something here? shouldn’t this be called lame-ography. Those images are crap!
    Nice work on the camera conversion though. It looks very slick, just takes lame photos.

  • Dan

    “Digital Lomography” is one of the biggest oxymorons I’ve heard.  You’re doing it wrong.  Just buy a film camera (and it doesn’t have to be from Lomography; Kodak Brownies are fine) and you’re set!

  • Orly

    I think you’re all being a bit harsh. I suspect it’s as much about the process of building something unique as it is about the pictures.

    He hasn’t destroyed anything of value and has made something interesting, so why the hate?

  • Cameron Knight

    Lomography is mostly about film and integrating film photography into social activity. It’s about showing people that film photography is still relevant and can be fun and surprising. While I think this digital handmade project is interesting and valid, using the word “Lomography” to describe it is just going to piss people off – as can be seen in these comments already. People either hate Lomography because they think it’s a debasing of photography, or people love Lomography because it’s about film. This singlehandedly offended both parties.

    Taking that word out of it, I think it’s pretty damn interesting. I’m sure we’ll see more of these in the future. The Toy camera fad (that would have been a better word), the handmade/maker movement, the glut of old point-and-shoots laying around, it’s a perfect storm.

    The whole point of the toy camera thing is that people want to see something different and unexpected. Eventually, our visual vocabulary will include these looks and it will become clique. Film photography will not. So, true Lomo people don’t have to worry and neither do people who hate colored filters and blur.

  • Canadian Soup

    All debating about how you define a particular photography term based on what you think is should be or should be called aside; what this woman did is fun, innovative, and produces images that are outside the “normal” aim of being crisp, clear and sharp. And they are wonderful and plesant. 

  • Anonymous

    Seems like a misuse of a good lens to me!

    It seems to me that Lomography is mostly about selling what should be cheap ‘n’ cheerful plastic tat to people at vastly overinflated prices. You can get a Holga for a fraction of the price they sell them for, and don’t get me started on how much they charge for a Lubitel – you could pick up a good TLR for that sort of price!

    What I really hate is the way they push the idea that film photography is all about looking a bit crap. Sharpness? Focus? Framing? A lomographer (and that’s a word that makes me cringe) desires not these things.


  • Sadfdsggsfda

    its not a walnut, it’s a piece of black walnut wood…

  • Sadfdsggsfda

    its not a walnut, it’s a piece of black walnut wood…

  • Michael Zhang

    Right, thanks for the catch

  • Ipm60

    Great effort, looks cool and fresh, I net it was fun making it. Good for you.