Lomography Colour Negative 400: Countless Facets with Only One Film!


Who said that colour negative film can't give colours as bright as slide films? Lomography Colour Negative 400 proves you were totally wrong!

Photo by happiness_hit_her

When I first began to shoot, I was afraid to fail with exposure conditions and to get blank rolls back from the lab. It was spring, a pale sun was hiding beneath the clouds, but soon a typical southern Italian summer would replace those grey days. So I chose Lomography Colour Negative 400 as my best companion for my first experiments: indeed, the ASA value is perfect whether it’s sunny or cloudy, morning or afternoon and, with a flash, you can use it indoors too.

I was able to shoot the green hills in spring, the fields of wheat in early summer and also a first short trip to the beach.

Photos by happiness_hit_her

Apart from being the perfect mate for beginners, this color negative film has more to offer:

1. You get what you see. Do you think you’re staring at the most perfect sunset you’ve ever seen and you want to capture the colours exactly the way they are? Well, that’s the film for you. Nature itself offers lots of incredible colours and, even if we lomographers LOVE colour shifts, sometimes we may want to get what we see.

Photos by happiness_hit_her

2. Fairy colors with a little plastic magic. I used Lomography Colour Negative to test all my cameras, some of which are Lomographic toy cameras. The Diana F+ plastic lens plus the square format gave life to some fortunate watercolour like pictures.

Credits: happiness_hit_her

3. You can make your own redscale film. When I started to unroll my film from its original canister, I thought this experiment would result in a failure. On the contrary, I got some of my own favourite shots, even though I couldn’t avoid light-leaks (not a big deal, as I liked the effect).

Credits: happiness_hit_her

I think negative film taught me a lot about my way of shooting, because I had to wait for special light conditions or really nice subjects to take a good shot, while slide film, with its explosion of colours, produces artistic effects more easily. So, go get yourselves all the Lomography Colour Negative films you may need to keep your eye always in training!

The Lomography Color Negative 35mm 400 film delivers vibrant colours and superb saturation and contrast. You don’t have to worry while you’re shooting, even under low lighting conditions. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by happiness_hit_her on 2012-08-15 in #reviews #400iso #colours #redscale #35mm #colour-negative #homemade


  1. happiness_hit_her
    happiness_hit_her ·

    thank you @kae, @ricoinbrooklyn and @coolsigg!

  2. reballina
    reballina ·

    So to get the redscale, you just pull the film all the way out first before using it?

  3. happiness_hit_her
    happiness_hit_her ·

    thank you also to @foodeanz, @kiri-girl, @reballina, @jawatembak, @trincheiras and @tomkiddo.
    @reballina you need two rolls of film, one of which will be pulled all the way out and cut off, leaving just a little bit attached to the spool to tape it with the one you're going to use as a redscaled film. (just inverte the sides of the two films before taping) Then, in a darkened room, using a pair of scissor, you'll roll back your film in the empty canister and you'll have a brand new redscaled film!

  4. reballina
    reballina ·

    How do you avoid exposing the film? Do you pull it out in a dark room?
    You just flip the film over so your photos are on the opposite side?
    Sorry I just want to make sure I understand completely :)

  5. happiness_hit_her
    happiness_hit_her ·

    @reballina I'm going to send you an article so that you can understand :)
    @rbruce63 thank you.

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