Great Diana Mini Missions Ideas Needed!


Have you taken part in a mission already? How about a Mini Mission? Read on to find out more about what this special competition is about!

At Lomography we want the world to shoot forever! In order to do this it’s sometimes necessary to have mission ideas injected into one’s creative vein.

On this note we want your help! Please suggest some Great Diana Mini Mission ideas such as:

“Expose your naked self” – Shoot a roll of film of yourself naked and give it to someone you like and ask them to process it

“Signs of a good story!” – Every time you see a sign shoot it and make a story out of the photos

“Running man” – Run down the street backwards while shooting forwards until the film is finished

Suggest some great mini mission ideas by commenting on this post.

Each Diana Mini Mission needs a title and a couple of lines to describe how to execute it!

The best 10 Diana Mini Mission concepts will receive 10 piggy points.

Feel free to submit images to represent your concepts and just mark in the text which mini mission you are submitting a photo to!

Now go and get thinking!

written by lucasjakobsson on 2009-06-12 in #competitions #top-secret #mission #diana #mini


  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    "Shoot and run" or "Walk for a headshot" - Take your Diana for a walk in a public place where are lot of people. Select your victim, get close as possible to it, snap a headshot (Portrait) and run away as fast as you can!

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

    "Blind tourist" - Find a friend which is ready for adventures and fun! Cover your eyes with wrap or something! Your friend will be your eyes now! And go to visit and take pictures of location which you havent seen before. Your friend is working like your eyes and you are taking pictures!

  3. dogma
    dogma ·

    "Stringed arms" - Put your hands back and ask a friend to string them up! Take diana and go to the city to take some REAL Shoot from the hip pictures!

  4. noitheboy
    noitheboy ·

    "Low Shooter" - Get the cable release for the Diana, hang it as low as your feet and constantly shoot at foot level to create a low angle perspective on life!

  5. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    "Biker Bar" Rig your Diana on your bike handlebars or basket and shoot as you ride along. Use your pauses at lights and stop signs to wind the film. It may prove easier to use a cable release so you never have to take a hand off the handlebar.

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    "The Dizzy Dianalogue" Shoot with your Diana in overlapping frame mode and with every shot you take rotate your camera 90 degrees so when you develop the roll the pics will be every which way. And if you can xpro it.

  7. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    "Film Festival" - Using only one roll of film take sequential shots which can later be placed one after another to create a short film/movie.

  8. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    "I'm Puzzled" Using your trusty Diana and close up lens take pictures of a friend or object so that each individual picture is a close up of a part of their body, but when you get them all printed they make an overlapping collage of their entire body. Make sure to keep the perspective the same so they match up just right.

  9. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    "The Quick Draw" Standing in a stationary position take repetitive shots of objects coming at you such as people walking on a sidewalk or cars on a road. When your roll is finished get them printed and put them together to make a short flip book. Note: A tripod would likely be necessary for best results.

  10. jaypeg
    jaypeg ·

    Here are some ideas!

    A legend In Their Own Lunchtime
    You shoot a film documenting a lunchtime adventure. Maybe you go to the park, or walk round the shops. It's your lunchtime, your adventure.

    Whatever you consider lewd, sordid and salacious be in sex shop neon signs or your dirty underwear. Then you swap with someone to double expose it, making a puzzle no one can quite make out. I've done this before and no one could work it out except us who shot it, it was ace.

    A Perfect Night Out
    What makes up your perfect night? Bright lights of disco balls or a full pint resting on the bar. Whatever it is, it should be documented.

    Economic Meltdown
    Money, commerce, consumption, the evils of modern life. An endless conveyor belt in the supermarket, a pocketful of change, what's your view on this crunchy crisis.

    Lorded Landmarks
    Everyone has something people go out of their way to see, something their neighbourhood is famed for. Shoot it, shoot behind it, shoot the bin next to it. Document every aspect of it.

    Things I Like
    Sit and think to yourself, What makes me happy? Who makes me happy? Is it that old stuffed Snoopy tucked under the covers or your first pressing of Electric Ladyland or the kebab you are about to eat. Shoot it and document everything that makes you happy.

    Go somewhere for the day and document it from the instant you wake up to the moment you shut your eyes

    You, Yourself and You
    Take a photo of yourself everyday or get someone else to, even a stranger! Different clothes, different positions, different facial hair, different locations. This is your folio of yourself, what better subject could their be?

  11. uslan
    uslan ·

    "Mini adventure" - two shots, one story.

  12. uslan
    uslan ·

    "Dirty Diana, hoooo" - Summer time grime shots people.

  13. uslan
    uslan ·

    "High speed chase" - in the back of car to the cockpit of a plane, speedy photos whilst on some mode of transportation.

  14. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    “Dog Day Afternoon” Spend a day shooting pics of dogs, close up.
    “Scooter run” Shoot pics of people on scooters.
    “A Pic a Day” Shoot a picture of yourself somewhere different every day.
    “16” Shoot something with a number on it representing each frame, sequentially. Or “12”

  15. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    “Tribute to your Favorite Album Cover” Take a picture of banana as a tribute to the Velvet Underground, or a swimming baby for Nirvana.
    “Shoot your Favorite Album” Say, the “Velvet Underground and Nico,” shoot a picture that represents each song title.

  16. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    "Fudge off" - Shoot something sweet (even if it's not fudge).

  17. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    "Photonovel" take your diana, some film, some photos, some pens, some paint and make a liitle comic-like story with your photos.

  18. cheeso
    cheeso ·

    "Illustrate a Song" Um...illiustrate a song!

    "Pinhole Pin-ups" Hot chicks shot Pinhole stylee!

  19. cilantro
    cilantro ·

    "Doggy in the Window" A mini mission on animals or pets inside homes or windows.

    "How To" A mini mission that displays a demonstration of a thing or a process. Maybe 'how to build a bike' or 'how to annoy people'

    "Concert Crazy" A mini mission for summer music concerts and festival favs. There are so many great musical performances during the summer.

    "Garden Grows" A mini mission on fresh produce, gardening, flowers, markets, etc.

    "Beach Bums" A mini mission on anything or anyone who belongs on the beach

  20. mimjamil
    mimjamil ·

    b-diana-b - long exposure
    smile smile - show the faces of happy people
    buses - shoot buses
    double your diana - double exposure

  21. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    WIDE DIANA : shoot want you want with the 38 mm lens.

    PINHOLE IN MOTION : with Diana on pinhole set, follow people in motion and shoot them : result : a dreamy kind of blur.

    SELF PINHOLE ROTATING : Shoot yourself with diana on pinhole mode and in a rotating movement.

  22. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    PEOPLE WITH THEIR DOGS : shoot people in the streets with their dog : full portrait of the both, or shoot only the dog entirely and a part of the owner of the dog.

    THE EMPTY CHAIR SAGA : everybody shoot an empty chair, or armchair where (s)he lives, it could make the biggest album of empty chairs all over the world.

    SWIMMING POOL DIANA : shoot friends in a pool, with the diana of course.

  23. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    TAKE THE D TRAIN : take pics in a train, half view of the inside, half of the outside, through the window, with reflection or not.

    PLASTIC MODEL DIANA : take pics of models in shop windows.

  24. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    3 PARTS OF MYSELF : shoot 3 parts of your body in action, with different backgrounds.


    ME IN 3 PARTS : a self portrait in 3 pics added together to make one pic.

    TREES : shoot your favorite tree (only one tree).

    BLACK AND WHITE DIANA : put a black and white roll in your diana, and shoot

    THE JOURNEY OF THE FISH : buy a fish, a real smelling fish ,put it outside, in the city, or in the country, and shoot it (just like it hits the road); I know, this one is a bif distusting, and smelling...

  25. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Be a "undercover agent"!

    Go early to your touristic spot in town, pick someone who you think he/she/they might be interesting and observe incognito their day as a agent of LBI (Lomographic Bureau of Investigation)

    This mission is inspired by Sophie Calle ;)

  26. uslan
    uslan ·

    "Pap attack" - Get you Paparazzi on and get snapping those celebs in all of the Diana's lo-fi glory. Get to the red carpet, spot them in the supermarket or even chase their car down on a scooter. Don't know where to find celebrities? Recreate classic pap shots with your mates, including "over the shoulder", "dunk outside the club" and "awkward flash getting out of the car".

  27. haferfloh
    haferfloh ·

    "natural Smile" walk around and shoot people that are smiling, laughin etc, but very important they shouldn't know that you are taking a photo of them.

  28. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    "Shooting Some Beautiful Strangers"
    After all, Diana is a name of a woman.
    So shoot some random beautiful stranger.
    Where? you decide! in the street? in the night club? in the strip club? in the beach?
    in the bathroom (??) ? .. you will take this mission,ladies and gents!

  29. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    " Run Diana,Run!! "
    take your Diana and run beside her on the jogging track or maybe in the street
    Click Click Click Click Click Click
    You'll get "DianaJoggingGraphy"

  30. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    "Reincarnation Mission"
    After finishing one roll of 120mm from Diana.
    You'll bury that film and pretend that film is alread Rest In Peace.
    5 years later that film will have a Reincarnation

  31. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    "Throw away your Film"
    After finishing a roll from your Diana
    just throw away that film in the street
    and hope someone pick it up
    then that someone will process it ( I hope)
    Don't forget to sing "The Police - A Message In The Bottle" or we sing "A Message In The Film" ..YES!! we're sending a S.O.S to world that we have a Mini Secret..shhhhhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone.

  32. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    Wow... so many ideas...

  33. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    DIANA - Load any film in your Diana camera, then shoot a person who names Diana. (DO NOT LIE~!!)

  34. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    "Split Sec"

    - Shoot a split second incident as fast as you can.. (Eg: Someone walking and got his foot stucked and almost fall.) Shoot the moment when his just about the fall and the with the shocking faces. Haha~!!!

  35. callumbum
    callumbum ·

    dianamation, use your diana to compose a short film

  36. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    "Pass the Mission" - - - Take your own photo. Pass the camera to someone else and let him take a photo of your picture as well. Pass to another person holding on to the 2 photos previously. Pass to another person holding on to the 3 photos previously... and so on and so forth.

    The last person unfortunately holds on to a smuch photos covering his face already! Haha! That's so much fun!!!

  37. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    Diana Marathon:

    Take a picture of one of your friends and your friend has to take a picture of one of his friends. So your Diana takes a little tour around, but the last picture should be one of yourself. So You can be sure that your Diana+ finally gets home again, after this marathon.

    Be sure that you make all pictures of one roll by lying on the ground and shooting 90° upwards.

    Make a super long pinhole long expourse of flowers in room without much light. Watch the flowers going down.

    Flying Fruits:
    Take some rotten or good fruits throw them up and try to make a picture. After that you take a picture of the fruits laying smashed on the ground.

  38. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    alright here's another one.

    since the diana camera is used by Mark Sink and he shoot potraits with diana (black and white too.. which i love so much!)
    okay, the mission is :
    take your diana with you and load it with some black and white 120mm film like Fuji Acros (to get that grey-ish kind of old school potraits)
    and start shooting your friend,girlfriend/boyfriend,husband/wife,your mom and your dad or even your pet! (well that's not recommended though).
    After deciding which people that you want to shoot.
    You direct them to pose like they're some superstar or popstar,rockstar! or pornstar (NO!!)
    Turn on your Flash in your Diana F+
    and start shooting them in a white background to get that 70's to 80's black and white portraits trademark!

    example :
    1. you shoot your girlfriend and direct them to act and pose like Amy Winehouse. (maybe)
    don't forget to use some thick red lipstick on her! ;p
    2. you shoot your friend and direct them to act and pose like Madonna
    use some sexy spandexxx too! haha
    3. you shoot your friend and direct them to act and pose like MICK JAGGER!
    woooww.. your friend have those Rolling Stones LIPS!!
    4. you shoot your dad and direct them to act like RInggo Starr (your dad maybe was a beatlemania back on his young age).
    Let him have his stick drum with him and feel like a young folks again!
    5. you shoot your boyfriend and direct them to act like Mark Ronson
    yeaaah! your boyfriend will be excited about that even though he IS NOT Mark Ronson but just direct them to act like him.

    after all,this is one mission which I call it : ALMOST FAMOUS MISSION.

  39. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    "Diana the Dogsitter" - Grab your best doggy friend (if you don´t have one, borrow one from a friend) and take doggy on a walk. Shoot doggy meeting friends, digging holes, jump in the water, shaking while get out of the water, fighting with other dogs are chewing on a stick. The motives are endless when you are on a mission with your furry friend.

  40. andarugo
    andarugo ·

    Sit on the top of a very tall staircase with your Diana pointing down, and as people walk by, yell the first thing that comes to mind, and take the reaction shots as they look up (or completely ignore you).

  41. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    "The Two-Face" Set up your Diana in endless panorama mode on a tripod or something solid where it will stay in one place and have people stand on each edge of the frame so only half of their face or body appears. Then advance to the next frame and shoot two other people or a new combo and when you get them developed two people will be smashed together as one.

  42. cilantro
    cilantro ·

    Ice Cream Truck Chaser-
    Follow those cones! Snap fun ice cream shots before or after the popsicles start to melt

    Summer Jobs-
    I am picturing a pissed off high school student in an embarrassing uniform

    Awkward Family Photos-
    That would be all of mine...

  43. explorette
    explorette ·

    "Spin, Spin Sugar" - Super simple, spin around in a circle and take some snaps and see what crazyness you come out with.

  44. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Social Diana: Visit a retirement home close to your area! Sit down with the people there and talk for a while about their memories. Asked them if you can take some portraits. Maybe use B/W.....I bet both sides will be hapy i the end.

  45. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Diana the delightful - collect Street lamps and Streetlights anywhere you are and anytime you want! Wether they are bright, old and ugly, shiny, nice or modern - they bring light in our life and Diana can capture this light and hold in forever.

  46. bees
    bees ·

    "Banana Splits" - Use the Diana Splitzer and shoot a roll that's entirely half exposed shots, then roll it back through taking pictures of entirely different stuff with the other half exposed and see what kind of crazy matches you get. Half dog - half man? Half lamppost - half tree? The fun is not knowing what the other half will be until the shots are printed!

  47. elz_23
    elz_23 ·

    "Stalker's Delight" - Follow (& shoot!) 1 unknowing person for as long as you can without being noticed.

  48. magdalenagabriela
    magdalenagabriela ·

    daaaaamn, sorry, wrong competition! could you please remove my photo from here?

  49. threemoons
    threemoons ·

    "The View from my Window"--the view from any window in your place

  50. aapertura
    aapertura ·

    "Drive-by Shooter" -- A Diana F+ is suggested for this mission. Get on your roller blades or skateboard in the evening and set your Diana to bulb (and turn that flash on). Skate by some interesting looking people or a compelling scene and shoot! You'll get some nice ambient motion blur in addition to a crisp image. You'll be the next Weegee capturing crime scenes, or maybe just some drunken mischief in the streets.

  51. aapertura
    aapertura ·

    "The Urban Outdoors Complex" -- Take your Diana into nature and find the best scenes you can --an impressive waterfall, a really unusual tree. Shoot the whole roll like this and then rewind in a dark place. Then take your Diana to an urban setting and shoot away! You'll end up with some nice doubles contrasting the placidity of nature with the absurdity of the streets!

  52. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    Take pictures with your eyes shut! often the best pictures I take are the pictures I didn't know I was taking. Sometimes there is a great shot where we see nothing at all.

  53. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    "Out of the Eyes of Babes"
    Hand over your camera to a child. These pictures will amaze you.

  54. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    "snaggle tooth joe" great big smiiles... super crooked chompers.

  55. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    "oh holy shot!" photos that look as if a greater being had a hand in it!

  56. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    "fire and ice" can you combine them both in one photo?

  57. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    "hot wheels and cool cats" you and your ride? your ride and your girl? lets see some of that class and style!

  58. ilovemydiana
    ilovemydiana ·

    "up up and away!" going up? or are you staying down? either way, from the ground or in the air, show us what you see in the sky, or from it!

  59. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Office Diana - Bring your Diana to work and shoot your office day! Your desk (clean up first), your coffee mug, your computer (maybe a double with the screen), your coworkers...maybe this can sheer a boring day in the office up a little bit!

  60. xdavil2
    xdavil2 ·

    "Never again." A celebration of the night before the morning after, when you know you have to apologise to someone- you just don't know who or why- and you swear you'll give up drinking for good. A mission dedicated to the nights you either have, or perhaps want to forget- although of course you won't because you'll have the pictures to remind you!

  61. xdavil2
    xdavil2 ·

    "Releaseing your inner child." Everyone knows kids are much cooler than adults, so if you can't beat them join them! Take pictures that encapsulate the shameless abandonment of childhood- re-live those carefree days and forget about all of life's problems, if only for one roll...

  62. xdavil2
    xdavil2 ·

    "The stare-out." Challenge a friend, a pet, or a stranger to a stare-out and shoot. This is all about capturing the most intense, intimidating, mind-piercing expressions, and getting up close and personal with your subject.

  63. haferfloh
    haferfloh ·

    Flash - Take your diana and two flashes with you. Mount the diana flash on your diana, and hold the other flash in the other hand. Then hide behind a tree, a wall or somthing else(if you want to flash stangers). If you invite somone to your home, hide behind the entrence and when your friend(or whoever enters your home) flash him with the first flash and take then with your diana the reaction.

  64. killah_killah_beat
    killah_killah_beat ·

    "The House Party" - throw one giant house wrecking, off your face, house party and photograph it throughout the night, you wont remember a single thing but you know you had a good time when you look at what happened in the pictures after

  65. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    - something like "free hugs"... shoot people showing their emotions
    - couples: use the splitzer to take shots of couples. devide them and splitzer them together
    - pinhole architecture.
    - "on the street where you live", make house portraits and/or portraits of the inhabitants

  66. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    - at the zoo, as godess of hunting, why don't you shoot animals?
    - gender roles, typical male/female? or switch them
    - costumeparty, dress up and make a diana-fun-event
    - diana- doubles. you surely have friends that see you shooting with your diana. invite them for a double! choose a theme and show friends, how easy to use and cool diana is
    - the royals, hunt for real royals or dress up like the princess

  67. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Water Diana- Show us all your shots dealing with water... the ocean, a sea, the creek behind your house, your community pool or maybe the local aquarium!

  68. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Favorite Activity - Grab your Diana and show us your most favorite thing to do! Is it eating cake, hanging out with your friends, rocking out to your favorite tune, sun bathing in the nude?!! lol

  69. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Diana Water Reflection - Inspired by chaweemek's Best Travel Photo (…) Show us what your Diana can see in a reflection of a body of water or in a puddle or through the raindrops on your window. Whatever type of water reflection you choose, just grab those wellies and your Diana and head out to shoot!

  70. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Funny Moments - Show us all your funny shots! A funny face, a crazy dance, a pie in the face... Capture anything that makes you laugh with your awesome Diana!

  71. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Funny Moments - Show us all your funny shots! A funny face, a crazy dance, a pie in the face... Capture anything that makes you laugh with your awesome Diana!

  72. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Diana Accessories - Since there are so many accessories for the Diana, show us your best shots with as many accessories piled on. For example, an accessories combination can be a shot with the ringflash, super wide angle lens, and the instant back. Or maybe the splitzer, diana flash with golor gels, and the 35mm back or... you get the idea!

  73. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    "wake shot up" : what better that wake up and shot your face whit a diana its gonna be fun look our expresions or our hairstyles!!!!be original and think about the shot the night before

  74. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    "the diana and her no friends" : take your diana and go outside to walk, when you see somebody taking a picture go fast in front of he/she and capture his/her expression when you spoil her/his photo!!! be fast and careful because you can get in trouble...

  75. ndroo
    ndroo ·

    "16 Frames" - Set 16 different themes and get participants shoot them IN A FIXED SEQUENCE. Eg. Red, Sky, Floor, Seat etc. Put them all together and see how everyone interprets the themes differently. Would be even more fun if using the 35mm back ... 36 Frames!

  76. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    "diana stress": always in the big citys are to much noise and stressiii take your camera and shot al this moments maybe a fight between 2 people or the traffic, people run, the supermarket full

  77. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    "diana stress": always in the big citys are to much noise and stressiii take your camera and shot al this moments maybe a fight between 2 people or the traffic, people run, the supermarket full

  78. lomo_bernis
    lomo_bernis ·

    "diana diary": just take your camera and shot all your activities in one day,

  79. teresa-canelas
    teresa-canelas ·

    I think a nice project would be:
    1. find figures with the sky clouds
    2. make an homenage to an artits ...instance to rotko
    3. just think of all meanings of water, the simbols all aways and sates of water and make picturtes of it
    4. Project : describe yourself without any self portrait and tell us your story ...

    5. show us your city as a visitor...

  80. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    "Instant Puzzle" - Create a puzzle-like image using your Diana+ Instant Back. I submitted a tipster on how to do it.

  81. bluedust_05
    bluedust_05 ·

    "Expose your summer" Double expose the things you like to do during the summer.

  82. bluedust_05
    bluedust_05 ·

    "Get a closer look" Use your Diana telephoto lens to get a closer look at your surroundings. You'll never know what you'll find...

  83. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    diana+ sub - wrapping your diana+ with clear plastic bag.tight it propped and start shoot under water pic.hehe

  84. nessahbadenhop
    nessahbadenhop ·

    "Tour de Lomo" : send someone else out for a walk en let him/ her shoot some (digital) pictures during the time. When the person comes back you need to identify the pictures and make the same walk and photos (with your lomo). Like an exploration.

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