Basically this is the one trick that I am really good at: I go to crappy stores, buy crappy light-up toys, set up my thrift store tripod, roll out the long cable release, and get the B setting to work it!
Okay, so what you need to do this is a long cable release, a tripod, and a camera with a good B setting (or if you are lucky you can use your Lomo LC-A as that is pretty much the best camera for this trick). The gallery here shows some of my crappy toys, my set-up process, and some of the results from various cameras including the Lomo LC-A, Diana Mini, Yashica FX-3 and GSN electro and the Praktica LB2. So take yourself down to the junk store and buy out every crappy lightup toy that you can find, fiber-optics and LED toys are some of the best!
What you should do is to just post yourself up against a white wall or maybe in a bathroom with many mirrors and get ready for the fun. So tripod your cam and roll the cable release your way. The plain wall or mirror is a good thing for the shot because it makes the light waves kinda pop out as well as being a place for you to lean against. So once you are ready and focused up and ready you turn off all the lights and grab a light toy. Once the shutter is open keep yourself stable against the wall and try not to move your face at all. Slowly rub the light toy against your face or body or in the air around your head until the shutter closes or you close it. Usually in a really dark room depending on the camera lens you may have to keep the shutter open for 45-90 seconds, usually any less is too dark and anymore is too washed out. Each and every toy will give a different effect and you never really know until you try. Keeping the toys stable can be cool but usually the true magic happens in the movement. Also for some reason I like to put on some crazy ass costumes for pix like these but that is just because I have a crazy ass.
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!
From the simple Vivitar 110 camera he received from his grandmother, Brett Wolff already accumulated close to almost a hundred cameras and accessories in his analog arsenal. Some of the cameras he treasured were even handed down by relatives and friends, making these more precious to him. Let's take a closer look at his camera collection.
It is always a pleasant experience collaborating with our old friends and LomoAmigos. This time, Emily Soto shot another wonderful series with her Petzval Art Lens. We can't wait to share it with everyone, so here they are!
Lomographers love reflections. Peruse the website and you are bound to find water puddles mirroring trees and glass windows duplicating people's motions. What beautiful sights to record indeed! But how else can we approach this doppelgänger effect? Seven ace photographers give us wonderful ideas.
The Rolling Stones in circus masks, a bare-faced David Bowie and Johnny Rotten in a bulldog clipped-jacket. Such details Anton Corbijn has ingrained in rock history. These images plus 300 more of Arcade Fire, Nirvana, Siouxsie Sioux, REM, U2, Nick Cave and Depeche Mode have a collective premiere at Fotomuseum Den Haag.
April 23 marked World Book Day, a UNESCO-designated annual event held in celebration of books and reading all over the globe. To commemorate, here are fascinating images of people from several decades ago, reading not on Kindles or iPads as many are wont to do today, but actual books, newspapers, and other forms of the written word.