Very recently, I came up with a basic survival kit for every Lomographer, containing some everyday and easy to find items. Admittedly, I missed out some neat additions, so a part 2 was in order! Read on to see if you need to include these items to your Survival Kit!
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for all the inputs on some possible items to include in the first installment of the Lomographer's Survival Kit. I obviously missed out on some important additions, so it is only but proper for me to compile another set, with some of your suggestions and more!
I know, I know…how could I have missed this? Many of us like to bring during photowalks or solo shooting sessions a notebook (big or small) to scribble on some photography-related notes. For our survival kit, a small one that fits in the jeans or coat pocket, or slips into an accessible bag pocket is preferable. This is so you can easily pull it out and slip it back while you’re on the go.
Fellow lomographer superkulisap has suggested adding ziplock bags to our basic survival kit, which we can use to store our cameras in case of rain or when shooting at wet locations like the beach. Aside from that, I found that we can also use a large one as a container for the whole survival kit, and a few smaller ones to store compact cameras.
Also called Sticky Tack, this putty-like adhesive is especially handy if you like shooting pinholes with lightweight cameras like the Diana F+ and the Diana+ Multi-Pinhole Operator. I learned this trick from tattso when I saw him stick his Diana Multi-Pinhole Operator onto the walls of restaurants, offices, and many other interesting locations using blu-tack. No need to worry about leaving a yucky, sticky residue on your camera, as this pressure-sensitive adhesive easily comes off without leaving bits that could collect dust and dirt.
If you’re fond of shooting macro or want to accurately measure the distance when shooting close subjects, lomographer disasterarea suggests bringing with you a measuring tape. Mark it with the appropriate focus distances of your cameras for perfect macro and close-up photos. You can go beyond the “arm’s length” guess-timation with this nifty suggestion in your survival kit!
Exposure-Mat Paper Light Meter
Yes, you’re reading it right, a paper light meter. The Exposure-Mat was made by Dave Harris (Informatiques) based on Rick Oleson's simple cut-out light meter and the sunny 16 rule (bright/sunny day + f16 aperture + 100 ISO film = proper exposure). This handy paper light meter allows you to determine the correct aperture and shutter speed settings according to the film speed (ISO) and light condition. A nifty tool indeed, especially when you’re shooting on full manual or using a camera without a light meter. Check out the Exposure-Mat website for full details and the download link of the printable PDF files.
I hope you all find these suggestions useful and worthy of adding to your Lomographer’s Survival Kit! Feel free to show off your own kits in the comments below! Also, thank you to superkulisap, tattso, and disasterarea for providing inspiration in this installment!