Lecture for newbies: How to embrace light leaks and unpredictable effects from your Holga.
Maybe you are like me, and bought a Holga because you knew it would have “charm” and “character”. But then you find out after a few rolls of film, that it doesn’t leak like you thought it would and all that black tape was not needed. Well, here is a way to get some leaks, streaks, extra blurring and crazy effects on your shots.
All you need to do, is to remove the film mask from the inside. Then take some masking tape and cover the sharp edges where the mask was, so the film will not get scratched up when it goes past. Yes, shoot without any film mask. Without the mask, a few things can happen. You will let in some light at the top of your images making some interesting bright white and red leaks. I also get some streaks of light across the image sometimes as well.
But maybe the coolest part is how the film does not rest flat inside the camera anymore. This can create images where straight lines are totally bent! And if you scan your own negatives, you can find some interesting leaks, colors and other effects at the edges of the image, past the traditional 6×6 scan area!
Combine this with slide film and be sure to x-pro it, surely you’ll get some WILD photos!
Julian Hand is a film artist and visual projectionist for our latest LomoAmigos The Oscillation. He uses traditional analogue techniques to create swirling, trippy and beautifully tactile films and light shows. He uses Super 8 film, coloured inks, washing up liquid, soap and acetate to create these images and visuals. He embraces all things analogue! I brought an LC-A+, some 1600 ISO film and captured him at work.
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!
What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!
Think you can’t paint? Well, we think you can….with light! Enhance your photographs with stunning light effects in just a few easy clicks of the Lomography Light Painter. Brand new to the Lomography repertoire, this wonderful gadget is equipped with eight different light variations that allow for ultimate light painting experimentation.
February is here and the daffodils are out! We've got a great selection of workshops lined up this month. Learn how to get amazing shots with the Lubitel, transfer your favourite image onto a bag with our Lumi Paint workshop and join our Valentine's LC-A + workshop. We've also got a great exhibition from photographer Chris Pollard and you're all invited to the opening night. Read on for all the details.
Takeshi Suga is a photographer from Japan who loves Lomography. He embraces all the elements of film photography and creates images that are soft and dreamy. We couldn't wait to lend him a Petzval lens and the results he came back with are stunning.
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Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
Film Photography Day is the perfect time to disconnect from the fast-paced pressures of the daily grind, and reconnect with the pure joys, unpredictability, and excitement of analogue photography. Maybe you're wondering how to get started, so here are a few rules to guide you!
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
November is almost here and so is winter -- we might as well embrace both. This coming month we have the Lomo'Instant Launch Party (that everyone should attend because it's going to be FUN!) with a follow up workshop, a La Sardina light painting session, and a planned trip to the Winter Wonderland with the LC-A+ to get us in the mood for the holiday season!
For Michael Fiukowski, taking photos with the New Petzval 85 Art Lens is a philosophy. The manual focus inspires him to be more experimental, and when he shoots portraits he always thinks about how to position his subject and make the most of the Petzval's bokeh effect. In this interview, he talks about why he finds the New Petzval 85 Lens fascinating.