Most people don't have access to very high ISO films. So what do you do when you're out in the night with only 400 ISO film with your friends and want to take pictures?
I hate using the flash. On camera flash kills the pictures, kills the mood. And carrying around an off camera flash with a diffusion umbrella or a softbox, flash tripod, radio triggers is not the best of the idea (unless you own a mule which can carry your stuff outside).
So what do you do? Well here are some tips!
Underexpose by -1 stop : Film has great latitude, so one stop underexposure will not really have any major issues. Use a good scanner and you can take out great details from the negative.
Use More Black and White Films : The latitude of BW films is more than color films. So in case you got less light, you’ll be able to recover details from the negative.
Fast Lenses : The best thing about film cameras is that you can get your hands on a really fast lens for a really cheap cost. So get a fast prime lens, open it up and shoot!
Learn to Push Films : If your lab can handle it, then you can always push films. A pro grade film like Kodak Trix can be pushed by one stop or even two stops. For example, shooting 400 ISO TriX can be shot as 800 ISO or even as 1600 ISO and then developed at a higher ISO to produce results.
Put Emphasis on Highlights When Focusing: focusing in low light can be troublesome. So focus on the skin highlights since this will help you focus easily.
Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!
Pixelstick is exactly the must-get tool to create mind-blowing light paintings with different colours and patterns: 1.8 meter long, 200 full colour and high fidelity LEDs! Grab your camera with long exposure mode and a tripod, and you can create dozens of dreamy pictures just by moving your Pixelstick in the dark. Take a peep at our friends from Lomography Hong Kong’s shots with the Pixelstick!
One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.
Are you looking for a fresh new way to shoot instant photos? Do you want to impress your friends with your creative skills in a swift instant? Look no further – the mighty Lomo’Instant Boston Edition saves the day!
What do you do when you don't have much time in a city like New York but you want to see everything, feel the vibe and be part of the community, even for a short time? Jump on a bike and enjoy what trains, buses and cabs can never give you: be part of the city. Take a camera with you to capture the moments and sights you don't want to forget. I did this with my LC-A 120 and LomoChrome Purple film.
Sometimes when taking pictures I get addressed by strangers either because of my cameras or because they don't want me to shoot something they claim they have responsibility for. But having the police on my back was a new experience.
Toby Mason (aka fotobes) is a Brighton-based photographer who embraces the aesthetics of film photography. He mostly shoots with the LC-A+ using a range of slide films, cross processing them to create rich, highly saturated colours. His work has been featured on the BBC website and Hungry Eye Magazine. Join us for the opening night on Thursday, September 17 from 6 p.m.
Enjoy shooting amazing 360-degree photographs with the Spinner 360° Camera! It gets even better when you pair it with the Spinner 360° Motorizer - a cool accessory that allows you to shoot from afar and in low-light situations. Get it free when you buy the Spinner 360° until 14th June only!
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind.
Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!
In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. In February, I wanted to take one of those long exposure night shots of traffic. You know the type: nighttime cityscape, with bright red and white stripes where traffic passes. I love those shots, but I had never gotten around taking one.