Self Made Redscale


I saw an article awhile ago on how to make your own Redscale film, so I thought I'd share it with you all :)

It’s really simple to do; firstly, get two films and empty the canister by pulling out the entire roll and cut it off leaving about an inch or so on there (seems like a waste I know but it’s worth it), then cut the leader off the other film and sellotape it as neatly as possible to the other film you just cut, just make sure you taped it upside down then go in a darkroom or a changing bag but I did mine just under a blanket and wind the film from one canister into the other.

Once the film’s at the end, you can now pull the film out a little bit and cut it off again leaving an inch or so, so you can use that empty film to do another Redscale without wasting another entire roll. You then just cut a new leader on your reversed film and go out and shoot!

I used 200 film to make my redscale and shot it at 50iso in my LC-A, if you want to use it in another camera such as the Fisheye etc. use 400 film.

written by dogtanian on 2009-06-20 in #gear #tipster #ferrania-solaris-200 #diy #kodak-gold-200 #lc-a #top-tipster-techniques #redscale #tipster


  1. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Cool shots. Homemade redscale is super fun. I'm gonna have to shoot another roll again soon.

  2. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    nice photos.
    I don't get this method though. It's easy to redscale using one roll of film. all my redscales have been done that way.

  3. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    next experiment...

  4. klicklack
    klicklack ·

    Neat tip!

  5. livvyluv
    livvyluv ·


  6. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    Nice! I've been wondering how to go about this…

  7. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    i have some pictures on my profile that i took with my holga this way. i just flipped the film upside down though. i think it was a little underexposed but still fun!

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    What a pretty gallery ! Congrats !

  9. dogma
    dogma ·

    Yes :) i love baking redscale at home!

  10. die_raupe2
    die_raupe2 ·

    very cool

  11. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    wow. picture no 1 is totally awesome. it's really interesting!

  12. lomo-art
    lomo-art ·

    Cool !

  13. nural
    nural ·

    I tried this and it really worked!!!

  14. phoenix1206
    phoenix1206 ·

    It's really very cool! Thank you for your tips!!

  15. catfood
    catfood ·

    red scale is tight!
    but what i did was go to my local photo store and ask for some old film canasters... that way you don't have to wast an entire roll of film...

  16. smbilgin
    smbilgin ·

    Thank you my friend. I tried your method with a roll of Kodak Colorplus 200 and loved it. You can check it on my home..

    Thanks again.. :)

  17. sammy_a
    sammy_a ·

    would it work to: take a whole roll out of its canister, cut it with a few inches to spare and take the long bit and stick it back on the wee bit that will still be on the spool in the canister but the wrong way around?? that way you don't have to waist a whole roll

  18. watttan
    watttan ·

    thanks for sharing ;)

  19. mariaratfingers
    mariaratfingers ·

    cool! i must try this! i have a few questions though... do you just take it to your local lab and process as usual? or do you have to sort of warn the lab people that you did such a thing? won't your final photos be mirrored? do you have to tell them that it has a piece of sellotape? sorry for my many questions, i'm just really curious to try this and want to be sure not to mess up :)

  20. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    @sammy_a: Yes, that sounds like a sensible *waist*-slimming solution! ;-)

  21. owalderhaug
    owalderhaug ·

    I need to try this!! :D

  22. goomba
    goomba ·

    You can also ask the labto give your canister back, that way you don't need to waste film. ;-)
    Excellent tipster!

  23. nola4ever
    nola4ever ·

    Awesome! I'm definitely gonna try this!

  24. easykiss
    easykiss ·

    awesome tips!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    mariaratfingers, yes the photos are reversed (which looks great when you look at places you know and hardly recognise them)
    I redscaled my film by pulling it out, and folding and taping it.
    I always warn the man processing my film of redscale or tape or anything out of the ordinary. it's just common courtesy i think.

  26. pasadena85
    pasadena85 ·

    @dogtanian: how do you tape the film to the rest of the pulled out film ? mens: with what do you tape?

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