I spent a whole year taking photos of my baby and one thing that quickly became apparent was the difference between eyes being in focus and eyes that weren't and the effect on the photo. Although we're almost taught to break the rules I still believe the eyes are just as important in Lomography.
In photography and particularly Lomography there is always an argument to break the rules. Lomography in fact teaches us to not conform and whilst I’m happy to break the rules, when it comes to portraiture there is one guideline I can’t do without.
The eyes are said to be the window into a person’s soul. They can draw you in to a portrait and reveal a lot about the person being photographed. For this reason it’s important to ensure the eyes are in focus and sharp.
Depending on your camera model there are things you can do to help getting the eyes nice and sharp.
Using a single focus point when auto focussing e.g. centre point and locking this on the eye before recomposing
Using manual focus to fine tune the focus
Stopping down the aperture to allow for a greater depth of field and hence more chance the eye will be in focus
It’s not always necessary that the model is looking directly down the camera lens but even if not the eyes again should be sharp. This is going to produce a much more appealing portrait than if for example the hair or the nose is focussed on, particularly when using a wide aperture for a shallow depth of field.
There are of course exceptions to the rule, for example when you want to be more creative or portray a specific emotion. In these instances you might choose to deliberately not make the eye the focal point of the portrait or have the eyes in the photo at all!
Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.
Reminiscent of traveling photographers of the 19th century, Giles Clement tours through the country with his assistant, Zeiss (an Irish Terrier), offering everything from portrait sessions to wildly creative photographic projects for magazines and companies. And although his mode of transportation may have evolved with the times, his photographic method and gear have changed very little compared to the photographers of days past. Now, with over 3 years of tintyping experience under his belt and an impressive list of clients, he's carved a name out for himself as an accomplished tintyper and continues to spread his passion for this ages-old technique everywhere he goes.
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Anna Hollond got her fist camera on her 10th birthday, and she hasn't stopped carrying a camera ever since. About a year ago, she sought to document her memories for her journal but didn't want to do so digitally, and got her first Lomography camera. Next thing she knew, she had a trove of instant cameras, as well as a knack for instant photography.
Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.
It's every aspiring photographer's dream: turn one's hobby into a career; quit the part-time job and instead get commissioned to work on your own photography projects. Kevin Biberbach, a student from Aachen in Germany, made it. As a result of EVRY DAY, a 365-day project that has attracted plenty of attention online, he has been working on a variety of assignments such as wedding shoots and family and couple pictorials. Learn more about Biberbach, his work, passion for photography and experience with the New Petzval 85 Lens in this Lomography Exclusive.