Get Yourself a Splitzer Now for Awesome Doubles!

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Do you want to take awesome double exposure pictures? Then, don't wait another minute and get yourself a splitzer!

Credits: stratski

Sometimes, you have these aquisitions that are almost life-changing. Thay make you wonder why you didn’t get one years ago. I remember my first rainy hike with my new goretex waterproof trousers for instance…

Photographically speaking, the splitzer was one of those life changers. I’ve never been a great fan of double exposures. I mean, I can appreciate a cool double, but I never really got the hang of it myself. I tried it a few times, but I could never get the dazzling results I saw here on the site. A few fairly nice ones perhaps, one or two actual good ones, but mostly my doubles were extremely mediocre.

Credits: stratski

Then, I got a Diana Mini that made double exposures really easy, and I tried a few doubles again. Still, nothing spectacular. They tended to be rather overexposed, not the nice, crisp images I had hoped for.

Credits: stratski

Then, one day I came across a tipster about making your own splitzer and thought: why not? It only took a minuter or ten to whip up a simple splitzer, and I could get snapping away. The results blew me away. The results are everything I always wanted in a double. I should have gotten a splitzer years ago! So here´s my tip: if you’ve been struggling with doubles, but can’t seem to get it to work, get a splitzer.

One of my favorite tricks is the upside down symmetrical pic where you cover the bottom half, take a picture of something, flip the camara upside down, cover the other half of the lens, and take a picture of the same thing. Buildings work well, and flowers. It works best if you have a bit of sky at the top. Visit hodachrome's home to see this technique practiced to perfection.

Credits: stratski

You can also use the splitzer to take cool (self) portraits with two heads on one body. For this picture I used a tripod and cable release. I covered one half of the lens and took a picture leaning my head to uncovered side of the lens. I then covered the other half of the lens and leaned my head to the other side.

Credits: stratski

For more splitzer-portraits, visit Earlybird's home, he’s got some insanely beautiful combined faces.

You can put totally different things together in one frame, or make a dreamy collage that takes close examination to see it’s two different scenes.

Credits: stratski

You can buy a Splitzer for your LC-A+ or a Diana+ Splitzer in the shop, or make one yourself for any camera that can hold a lens cap. All it takes is some cardboard and tape and a few minutes of your time. It’s an investment well worth it.

That’s my homemade splitzer leaning on the camera bag: just a strip of cardboard that fits round the lens with a half circle to cover the lens.

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

written by stratski on 2012-07-30 in #gear #tipster

9 Comments

  1. ekeupratama
    ekeupratama ·

    is it right that D.I.Y splitzer must have a black color?

  2. erikagrendel
    erikagrendel ·

    I love the splitzer !!!

  3. erikagrendel
    erikagrendel ·

    @ekeupratama I do not think so...mine is light gray... check this:
    www.lomography.co.th/magazine/lifestyle/2012/07/19/seeing-d…

  4. haziqhashim
    haziqhashim ·

    helpful

  5. gatokinetik-o
    gatokinetik-o ·

    i love the resultings!

  6. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    The results are gorgeous, I really want to make one for my LC-Wide

  7. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    Inspiring! Maybe it's time I finally tried splitzers too. I think the simplest way is probably to just cut a half-moon out of a spare lens cap with a craft knife.

  8. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Nice, I recently bought one each for my LC-A+ and my Diana...hoping to break them in soon.

  9. litumai
    litumai ·

    i have a diana mini too. for my diy splitzer i used a black film canister cap, and it fits perfectly! i have a few mediocre splitzer photos, but also some really good ones. checkout my home :)

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