Patent Number: 6,167,206

Title: Image modifiers for use in photography

Abstract: In a first embodiment of the invention, a transparent plate is mounted at the film lane within a camera. The transparent plate includes a translucent diffusion pattern which diffuses incoming light rays reflected from the subject and effectively repositions them in a controlled manner prior to the light exposing the film. Proposed diffusion patterns may alter the light rays to create characteristics indicative of various types of paintings or may produce a controlled grainy appearance to an image recorded on film. In another embodiment of the invention, the transparent plate is mounted in a film cartridge. In another embodiment of the invention, a length of plastic film (a pattern strip) is positioned adjacent to a similar length of photographic film (film strip). An appropriate translucent diffusion pattern is provided onto one surface of the pattern strip, along its entire length. Both strips are rolled into a conventional 35 mm film canister and dispensed simultaneously, as needed (within the camera) so that each frame of film has a separate mask in front of it, at the film gate of the camera. In another embodiment of the invention, a transparent plate having a translucent diffusion pattern is positioned between the main lens of the camera, and the camera body. In this arrangement, a correcting lens is required to bring the pattern of the particular pattern into sharp focus with the image at the film plane to be exposed on film.

Inventors: Hylen; Steven H. L. (New Milford, CT)

Assignee: Smartlens Corporation

International Classification: G03B 1/00 (20060101); G03B 11/00 (20060101); G03B 17/12 (20060101); G03B 17/24 (20060101); G03B 1/48 (20060101); G03B 003/10 (); G03B 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013