Double exposure requires a bit of skill and a whole lot of common sense. And for a first-timer, it can be doubly hard but nevertheless, doubly fun.
It doesn’t take a connoisseur of analogue photography to understand the basic concept of a double exposure: the superimposition of two images in a single frame. The very idea is just so inviting and thrilling that some would just jump right into it without much thought on how to go about the technique. Needless to say, I am a poster girl for the impulsive analogue junkies.
I shot an entire expired roll of Fuji Superia 100 during my trip to Bantayan Island in Cebu City and kept it in my drawer to double expose it during my Iloilo-Bacolod getaway the month after. The only double exposure ‘maxim’ I bore in mind was to set negative exposure compensation. I wasn’t 100% certain what that meant so what I did was underexpose to -2 EV compensation during the second round of exposure.
While waiting for my prints to arrive, I anticipated for the worst case scenario which was a sad bunch of overexposed images. Much to my surprise, it wasn’t the exposure that I didn’t get right; it was the framing! I failed to consider that wide-angled shots will expose an entirely different length of frame in the film and double exposing in non-panoramic shots will yield poorly displaced images.
However, the beauty of analogue photography is that chaos can become art; amid the mishap were stunning images.
A little cropping also helped salvage a good portion of the film.
Indeed, there is always a first time for everything. And those times offer one of the best learning opportunities.
Common sense tells us that when the weather gets bitterly cold, it's best to stay inside and drink a cup of something warm. But when you have a primo lens like the Petzval, it's hard not to go on an adventure! Equipped with nerves of steel and a Petzval lens, these Lomographers around the globe bundled up and braved the conditions to capture the top 10 wintry (not so) hot spots.
It goes without saying that street photography is one of the most exciting and fulfilling practices a photographer can do. But for some, especially the beginners, the prospect of hitting the streets can be a little daunting. Here, we dish out a few tips to help shake off anxiety.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
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!
Every week we will be selecting three Tumblr blogs with exciting, more often than not photography-related content.
For this week's selection, we have a little bit of everything: from double exposures and breathtaking scenery in film to a play-doh artist inspired by photography. Three very different blogs that are equally fascinating!
Trench, chesterfield, covert, raglan. The coat has a vocabulary of its own. And like words we use today, these styles still look current though their roots may go as far back as the mid 19th century. As if by lending these vintage snaps color and unruly hair we can easily mistake the coats to be from today.
July 20, 1969 marked one of the most historic events in the history of mankind: on this day, the Apollo 11 crew finally landed on lunar soil. It was the culmination of a decade's worth of hard work, one that was witnessed by the whole world and remembered for the rest of time.
Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.
Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!