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Film Photoblogs from All Over the World

In celebration of World Photography Day, let's explore the fascinating world of the intarwebs and check out other cool folks (like us), who have been bitten by the film photography bug. From amateurs to professionals, let's explore, enjoy and be inspired by these film photo blogs from all over the world.

LO-FI scanning of your negatives

Dont have money to „buy“ your scans from profi photo studios? Dont have a scanner which scans your negatives? You need to see your shots as soon as possible? Here is my fast tipster...

Art Inspired by Film Cameras

Film photography has been a source of inspiration not only for aspiring photographers, but also for many artists! Take a look at some beautiful artworks inspired by various film cameras.

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Interview with John Maloof: Discoverer of the Vivian Maier Collection

The street photography of Chicago nanny, Vivian Maier, was discovered when 29-year-old history enthusiast John Maloof stumbled across an enormous stash of negatives at an auction. When he started a blog to share her incredible photographs with the world; the response was unbelievable. Everyone - including the NY Times - started running stories on the photos. We caught up with John Maloof, the discoverer and champion of Vivian's work.

Photography, Philosophy and Authenticity

Lomography's Prophecy of the Analogue Future No. 5 is ‘Film & Paper ensure Originality, Authenticity and Eternity’…But what exactly is ‘Authenticity’? Let’s take a closer look…

B&W Darkroom Paper Bible

It's time to go all the way. Your digital camera has been on the shelf for months, entombed in dust. When it comes to loading your film camera, you're like a well-trained photographic assassin loading your sniper rifle. Your bathroom has a lingering odor that can't quite be identified by your friends, but that smell of fixer during your morning shower is like your first cup of coffee: necessary and refreshing. You're a film nut and you're proud of it. But once those negatives have dried, you're again stuck behind a screen while you scan and tone your images. It's time for that to change, and the first step in moving toward a full darkroom is understanding photographic paper.

For the, ahem, Love of Lomography Black and White 120 Film

Get ready to feel classy. If you've ever needed a film that will pack a mean black and white contrast punch, this is your man. Read on and see how it's everyone's man...

Tipster of the Week: Tastes Like a Decaf

Most of us use a variety of cameras and different films in order to actualise whatever that is we have perceived or, at most times, to surprise ourselves. Intentional or not, either way, it doesn’t matter because there is love in analogue! – And this is what our Tipster has to share with us this week!

Spice Up Your Life

You all have it at home - and it will spice up your photos

Dr. Lab's Tipsters Using Organic Materials

How do you bring back overtones, nuances, smells, shades, dirt and dust in your analogue pictures? A bunch of experimental Lomographers (there are a lot of you!) has been keeping us busy with Do-It-Yourself techniques for quite some time now. Now we present to you a compilation of some of the best Tipsters using organic materials!

Lab Rats - Evidence of the Body!

The laboratory has been recently disturbed with a series of case studies begging to be examined. Lab Rat novices wondered aloud on the Lomography blog. about the effects of body processes on film emulsions. Without a smidge of hesitation, we sent out our volunteers on three highly-delicate missions. View the reports at your own risk.

Is it, it can't be, Digital

We've all done it, someone comments or 'likes' your work and you go to check out theirs and you think their stuff is pretty good but once you've looked at 2 or 3 photos you realize they have a funny feeling about them, they're dum dum dum... Digital!

Some Tips on Taking Street Snap Shots

For years, I have gone from here to there on foot, with a camera on my hand, collecting stories of everyday happenstance. Here are some lessons the streets have taught me.

Why every Lomographer should use a Photoscanner

Today a scanner with transparency unit should be part of a Lomographer's standard equipment like the Lomo LC-A and a fridge full of films is.

Let’s do our own scanning! Epson V500

Scanning our own film or photos is a blessing! We can save time, money, scan the way we want to and store the files in our computer!

Street Photography 101

Some find it terrifying to go out and click on the street and some find it amusing to move among people. Some spend their time mingling with locals there and some get embarrassed by the attention they get out of clicking photos. Here is a small list which i thought would help people wanting to get into street photography and how to go about it.

February's Most Photo Likes

February is the month of love and these Lomographers sure showed it! They've been clicking and liking all the photos to their hearts content. Here they are!

Zorki 4 - Staff Review

Outlasting equally remarkable cameras such as the Leica M3 in the 1950's, this Russian classic is the most successful in the Zorki family.

Zorki 4 - Not a Leica, Sucka!

A Leica on a shoestring. A classy Russian gentleman. The perfect travel companion. Zorki is everything you've ever wanted and more.

Canon Canonet QL17

Often described (as many other cameras are) as the "poor man's Leica", the Canon Canonet QL17 is a brilliant rangefinder at a fraction of the cost of most other rangefinders. It sports a crystal clear, tack sharp, f1.7 45mm lens that accurately captures colors as well as all the gradients between black and white. Produced in the mid-1960s and sturdily built, many excellent examples of this camera and later versions can be found on ebay for a steal. Due to age, the light seals need to replaced but this can be done by most camera enthusiasts with a sheet of black foamy, x-acto knife, and some adhesive. There are several website that offer instructions on how to replace the seals simply by plugging Canonet QL17 into a search engine.

Canon Canonet QL17 G-III: Poor Man's Leica

Can be found easily, compact, easy to load, automatic or manual override, and equipped with fast and sharp lens make it one of the best and affordable rangefinder camera ever made. Some people call it poor man's Leica.

35 Reasons to love 35mm Film

Film truly is a Photographer’s best friend - And to prove it, here are 35 reasons to love 35mm film (or any kind of film for that matter!).

Ways To Reduce Your Digital Grind

Everyday we wake up to a digital world - all tangled up in wires and waves of electronics and machines and gadgets. A simple weather check is done online, we wait impatiently for the *beep* when our food is ready, and send e-cards on birthdays. Give it all a break! Here are a few tips to make your hectic lifestyle a little more analogue.

20 Analogue Acts of Kindness

Simple acts of kindness sometimes get forgotten amongst the business and busy-ness of everyday life. We’re often too occupied sending that email, editing that playlist or updating our status to pay attention to what’s happening in the real world. Let’s change that! Leave that digital grind behind for a moment and try out some of our analogue acts of kindness – Simple photographic ideas for making a positive impact on the people around you!