Turn Your LC-A+ Around at Night Without Fear!

7

Here's a trick that has been priceless when doing double exposure at night with the LC-A+, avoiding the shakes of a hand held long exposures.

As you may have come to acknowledge in my photo gallery, I love to “turn the camera around” doing double exposures with my LC-A. It’s something that I’ve always thought offers impressive results but, like everything, there comes a time when you wanna step forward. One day, I told myself “let’s do nightly double exposures!” I took my tripod and I started. Everything was going well until I realized that the first exposure was perfect, but…

What happens if I turn the camera around and shoot again? The second exposure was always blurry and ruined the effect I was looking for.

This made me start looking for a solution, and now here’s the trick:

What we need:

  • A plastic film can that we stock up on at home. You may also use that plastic piece that found in some antique camera that is used to protect the flash’s hot shoe.
  • Scissors
  • A hole screw of 6mm in diameter (the measure to screw our mount in the tripod).
  • A tripod (of course). If you don’t have a big tripod there’s smaller ones that are also great for $5 in the market.
  • Cyanoacrylate glue or similar (careful when using it so you don’t get your fingers glued…it’s not easy to unglue them!)
  • Your LC-A+ or any other camera that has the possibility of double exposures and a universal hotshoe.

If we start at the base of having the plastic piece that protects the hot shoe you can skip to the step where we cut the plastic film can in the shape of the future mount for the screw.

The first thing is to take the plastic film can, cut it a piece of 1.7 cm x 1.7 cm, it should be as flat as possible, we’ll get that applying a little twist at the beginning, then the plastic should be pretty flat. Test that it fits well in the LC-A.

Second step, once we have the piece cut out, we flatten it a bit, and once it’s flattened, we’ll glue the screw on with the glue in the best way possible and do the same at the bottom part, the one that’s still a bit concave, making sure that it lines up at the middle.

Third, once our piece for the tripod is dry, we wait until it’s night time and we test our new tool. First, take a photo the usual way, then turn it around, screw it in again, and take the second picture upside down.

It’s important we do the photos with a remote switch; that way we’ll avoid shaking and increase the useful life of our new tripod piece. Remember it’s a fragile piece, it has to be manipulated with care, because the glue isn’t as strong as we would wish for. But, I assure you that having these simple precautions will have our home made tripod mount working for a long time.

I hope that you make as much use of this idea as I have and continue doing.

LOMO ON!

The Lomo LC-A is the camera that started the Lomography movement. With full control and a wide range of ISO sensibilities, this automatic jewel is perfect for beginners and professionals. Get your own Refurbished LC-A in our “store”: http://shop.lomography.com/lc-a-refurbished!

written by darwin1974 on 2012-06-04 in #gear #tipster #doubles #inversion #trick #lca #rata-de-laboratorio #long-exposure #tips #oscuridad #night #tipster #darkness #lomo #lca #camara #noche #luz #truco #lomography
translated by reneg88

7 Comments

  1. bloomchen
    bloomchen ·

    great idea! thanks for sharing!

  2. farudaru
    farudaru ·

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    Awesome tip!

  4. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    thanks for this tipster! Will try it out!

  5. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Nice

  6. evil_mastermind
    evil_mastermind ·

    I like it!

  7. aanum
    aanum ·

    cool

More Interesting Articles

  • Portraits, Lights, Instant Photos, and Weird Faces

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-03-06 in #gear #lifestyle
    Portraits, Lights, Instant Photos, and Weird Faces

    In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.

  • Photo of the Day by gakurou

    written by cheeo on 2014-12-29 in #news
    Photo of the Day by gakurou

    Feeling a bit nostalgic about the year that has been? Recall your best analogue adventures! Allow this dreamy double exposure by gakurou to set the mood.

    2
  • Video Exclusive: The New Russar+ Roams Tokyo

    written by hembot on 2014-07-16 in #news
    Video Exclusive: The New Russar+ Roams Tokyo

    Ever wandered around Tokyo as the day turns into night? Our New Russar+ Lens did just that and caught the this hypnotic city in a whole new light. Take a look at the video here!

    1
  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    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.

  • Celebrate Black Friday with 30 Beautiful Black & White Photos from the LC-A+

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-27 in #lifestyle
    Celebrate Black Friday with 30 Beautiful Black & White Photos from the LC-A+

    Do you know the best way to celebrate the biggest shopping day of the year? Stay at home and marvel at these gorgeous black and white photos from the legendary LC-A+! There's no reason to stand in line for hours either, when you can get incredible deals here at Lomography without ever leaving the comfort and warmth of your own home. Check out these radiant shots from the LC-A+ and then head over to the Online Shop to save a fantastic 30% on this incredible camera and more!

  • Flaring Lights for the 4th of July

    written by antoniocastello on 2014-07-26 in #lifestyle
    Flaring Lights for the 4th of July

    What better way to spend your 4th of July than at an Americana Rockabilly event, equipped with your vintage-style all analogue 35mm LC-Wide? Let us show you why the Rockabilly Night Market, hosted by Dances of Vice, was our American dream for that once-a-year awesome night in July when we celebrate all things American.

  • Fresh from the Lab: Fun in the Pool

    written by guanatos on 2014-09-18 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: Fun in the Pool

    One of my favorite things about summer is being able to splash and fool around in the pool with my family. When you add to that the possibility of using the LC-A, then the fun is doubled!

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Lomo’Instant Quick Shots: Adam Powell

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-11-04 in #gear #tipster
    Lomo’Instant Quick Shots: Adam Powell

    There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'Instant camera, it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience its full potential in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting very long exposures in dark places.

    3
  • When Two Legends Meet: User Review of Leica M3 Camera with Petzval Art Lens

    written by candilsw on 2015-05-21 in #gear #lifestyle #reviews
    When Two Legends Meet: User Review of Leica M3 Camera with Petzval Art Lens

    With a love of antique cameras and analogue photography, Shawn Lin has long been an active member of the Lomography Community with dozens of his shots being featured. Shawn likes to explore the effects of double exposure on different themes and objects, with an emphasis on the presentation of colours. Come take a look of his work of using Petzval Art Lens on his antique camera and his thoughts about the two!

  • August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    written by lomographysg on 2014-07-30 in #events
    August 2014 Workshops and Events in Lomography Embassy Singapore

    This August, we bring you back to your roots and explore the wonders of nature! First, we cook up a storm with a film soup experiment. Followed by nature photowalks at beautiful scenic parks in Singapore to unearth the tips & tricks of trouble exposure, as well as the unique methods to perfect our macro shots. To cap off the learning month, we'll gather on a cozy Friday night for a new special sharing series by the Lomography Community -- with Sharing Session #1: Nature.

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • March Workshops and Events at Lomography Chicago

    written by Lomography Chicago on 2015-02-24 in #world #news #events
    March Workshops and Events at Lomography Chicago

    It’s been a long and cold winter but we’re finally getting back into the swing of things here in Chicago. We’ve got a great month of events and workshops coming up, so dust off those cameras that have been sitting around all winter and let’s take some pictures together!

  • 10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-Wide

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-22 in #gear #tipster
    10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-Wide

    Packed with many features that allow ample room for creativity and deliver superb results, the LC-Wide is indeed a lomographic powerhouse. Here are a handful of ways to boost your photography with this camera!

  • March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-02 in #world #news #events
    March Workshops and Events at Lomography Soho

    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.