Everybody loves those night shots of a street with straight lights -- this is the effect created by headlights of cars.
This trick has been used for many years, since the invention of long exposure shots. It’s a perfect way to learn how your camera responds at night. You need a camera with bulb mode, loaded with 100 ISO film (any kind of film may work, I had experimented with this one only) maybe a tripod if you want to get really smooth shots and not move the camera during the exposure.
For best results, select a location with some kind of light source. For cars, it is best to get on a point higher than the street level — on a balcony, over a block, or on a bridge. This way, the cars will move straight. Take some time to find a perfect spot and unless you get a lucky shot. Experiment with exposures.
Try shooting at any aperture you want, the shutter speed is most important. Time must be, at minimum, 1 minute. Time your exposure with a chronometer or a stop watch. Doubling the time from 1 minute to 2 minutes is basically the same effect as opening the aperture one stop (from f5.6 to f4). But basically you’ll have to guess a lot.
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.
"Is it acceptable to photograph the homeless?" is one of the most hotly-debated topics when it comes to street photography. There are two opposing sides to this: those who believe it is, and those who don't. For those who do, capturing such photographs is mere documentation of the world around us. For those who don't, doing so is a form of exploitation.
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!
Have a look at our handpicked selection of lovely photographs shot in low light and at night with the Lomography Color Negative 800 ISO for 35mm cameras. While you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your own photos be featured on the Online Shop!
Browsing through the Lomography website, you can find a lot of redscale shots, which are all done on color negative films. I asked myself if it’s possible to redscale a slide or chrome film and then cross process it. (And yes, it is.) In this tipster I’m going to teach you how to create the bloodiest homemade redscale film I've ever come across.
Shooting at night or under low light conditions? Brighten up your snapshots with a burst of light with the Diana Flash! Take a look at these photographs courtesy of our rumble winners to see how it's ought to be done.
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!
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!
One of the great things about the Lomo'Instant Camera is how versatile and creative it is, yet super easy to play with. Want to create beautiful unexpected multiple exposure shots? No problem — hit the MX switch and a ta-da! Your analogue experience instantly has a brand new world of possibilities!
In Carly Zavala’s work, honesty comes in visual cues. It can be as simple as a woman looking straight into the camera, or as meaningful as a man deep in thought. It is loyalty to the facts of a scene. What little light is there she will finesse into a striking image.
The bravest and most creative lomographers are rewarded with astounding photographs, the results of their often out-of-the-box and extreme experiments. In this featured album, clickiemcpete channeled the famous Victor Frankenstein in creating what he calls the FrankenFilm. Find out how it's done straight from the lomographer himself!