Sometimes you just want to get up close and personal with a subject. Let me give you some tips on how to pull it off effectively.
For this article i’m using one of my favourite cameras – my Bronica SQ-A which takes 6×6 photos and has interchangeable lenses and viewfinders. I have always been a great fan of close-up photographs and always assumed you needed an expensive macro lens to get decent photographs, but as i found out a while ago that is simply not the case.
Check out these photos of mine to start with…
They were all taken using some dirt cheap close up filters i got off the auction site. They came in a pack of 4 varying sizes – +2, +4, +8 and +10.
Obviously the +10 gives you biggest magnification and the +2 gets you in just that little bit closer. To use them merely select which filter you want to shoot with and screw it onto the front of your lens (most cameras have a thread round the inside on the lens front – you’ll need to make sure you buy the right size filters for your camera – mine are 67mm diameter).
Next set your focus to the closest possible (normally around 0.5m on most cameras). Because you have the close-up filter on the front of the lens you wont really be able to focus the lens in the usual manner, you will have to move forwards and backwards to and from your subject to get it where you want it. As you look through the camera you will notice that the depth of field (area in front and behind the focus point which is also in focus) is very shallow. You can either stick with this if that’s how you want your photo to look or you can set your f-stop to f11 or f16, this will give you a larger depth of field (more of the photo will be in focus).
Now just shoot away to your hearts content and enjoy experimenting with depth of field – its great for making small portions of your photos stand out.
What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
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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 the full potential of this camera in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting graffiti and doubles with our UK intern Adriana Brioso.
Did you enjoy shooting with Cine200 Tungsten Film when it launched? Or were you one of the unlucky many who missed out on this ultra-limited edition emulsion? Well, we’re thrilled to say we have an exciting follow-up to Cine200 which will launch in just a few days! And as the other film sold out so fast, we wanted to give you the opportunity to sign-up to our list to get the news as soon as it happens.
With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to stockpile all your favorite films! That's we're giving you yet another opportunity to do so with our super Advent deal on all our films today. Whether you're looking to get wild colors and huge contrast with our X-Pro film, or want to create slick cinematic classics with Lomography Cine400 Tungsten, we've got just the film for you!
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When it’s cold outside and the rain is pouring, it can be the perfect time to sit down and build something. Lomography UK has teamed up with Technology Will Save Us, a company that makes build-it-yourself electronic kits, to bring you the perfect DIY Rumble. Get the chance to win a Konstruktor camera and a DIY Instrument Kit. Read on for details on how to enter this fab competition.
The new Petzval Lens has proven itself a master of close-up shots and soulful portraits time and time again. Now some of our talented community members have stepped it up a notch and aimed the Petzval at city-scapes. From snow-capped pedestrians, couples chatting in parks, bustling markets, or people waiting to get on the metro - the beautiful banalities of city life are covered in these eloquent shots. Scroll through this gallery we've put together just for you to get a taste of the Petzval's urban potential!
I want to share with you my experience with some slides when I was in Russia. I'm very sorry for them because I messed them up. They're just ruined and they'll never be the same! But hey, I have thousands of them, so I guess it's not a big deal after all.
There's nothing more satisfying than taking fantastic photos with a camera that you built yourself. If you've always wanted to impress your friends with your mad DIY skills, pick up a Konstruktor Camera Kit and show them what you've got! It's also a cool way to get them into Lomography, because as you build the camera you'll discover how analogue photography works. Oh, and the Konstruktor takes gorgeous photos, too - check out the gallery and see what we mean!