Petzval_header_october_2014
Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Staying in Focus & Using The Hand Crank

The Belair X 6-12 strap is very useful for precise focusing and easily measuring the distance between yourself and your subject (up to a distance of 1 meter); we recommend using it for accurate and super-sharp portraits! For indoor shooting, use a tripod or a flat table to keep your camera steady. Holding the camera correctly helps, too! Use your left hand to hold the left side of the camera body and use your right hand to hold the shutter board. Release the shutter with your index finger. Alternatively, you may use your left hand to hold the left side of the camera body and use your right hand to hold the bottom of the shutter board. Release the shutter by using your thumb.

The analogue hand crank is very easy to use. There is no need to use heavy pressure; with a relaxed hand, turn the crank smoothly (not too fast and not too slow) to get your instant photo. The smoother you turn, the better results you get! Each image requires turning for about 3 to 5 seconds. Please do not pull out the photo until it is fully ejected as this will affect the final image you get.

Want more tips on shooting with the Belair Instant Back – Read our full Ready to Shoot Guide!