My Pentax K1000 is probably one of my favourite cameras to use. I find it a good, sturdy SLR. What is even better about this bad boy however is that is was totally free and second hand when I got it!
When I started at Leeds College of Art to mainly learn about developing film and making prints, I didn’t have a lot of cameras. There was a box at college which intrigued me, however, as it seemed to be a place where cameras retired to. There were loads of bits of cameras and flashes in there, and one day, I asked my tutor what they were for. “Spares and repairs,” he replied, before explaining that if I needed any bits to fix cameras I could essentially help myself as they were all donations. I got digging in this box and saw a beautiful SLR that I knew nothing about. It’s called the Pentax K1000.
Although the wind on seemed to be a bit stiff, I took the camera home, gave it a little TLC and started shooting with it right away. It quickly became my standard go-to camera when I wanted to guarantee good quality photos. I found it so user-friendly and easy to get good results with that it was almost the only camera I used for ages (apart from another SLR). Sadly, this camera has now broken again and I have so far been unable to mend it but I am always on the lookout at car boot sales and in vintage stores for a replacement for this little beauty. I literally cannot wait to get my hands on one that I can start using again.
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.
Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.
Those long, frosty, dark nights are finally behind us. It's time to dust of your Diana F+; wipe down your LC-A Wide and get shooting again! Join us for some fabulous workshops and events in Soho and come and visit us in March at the Birmingham NEC as part of The Photography Show 2015. Read on for the full line up.
It's time to come out of winter hibernation! The warm weather of spring is around the corner, and it's time to celebrate. From a bar crawl to a community group exhibition, we're doing it all. So grab your kilts and clovers and come join us for another round of fun!
Have you ventured into light painting before? It's so fun and there are so many ways for you to explore it, we promise you'll never get bored. The folks here at HQ had a blast playing around with the Lomo'Instant and the result was a bunch of adorable, colorful photos!
A few months ago, Lomography made available a whole range of pinhole cameras made out of premium wood. Interested on knowing how good they are, I brought the medium format one on my last trip to Germany.
As a professional photography graduate, Fernando never goes out without carrying at least one camera and treats it as an integral part of his body. Although he uses both digital and analog gears, he still regards using film as a more intimate way of creating images. Let's all welcome our newcomer from Brazil, Fernando Monteiro.