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.
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!
In the third and final installment of his Russian love story, Herr Willie recalls some of the most memorable experiences from his trips to post-Soviet Russia, including traveling aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway and shooting with the La Sardina for Lomography on assignment, and waxes nostalgic about all the amazing people he had met.
You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.
We are very excited to introduce the latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family, the Lomo’Instant Boston Edition. The Boston only made it to first base when it appeared in our Kickstarter campaign but by the raucous applause we got from you guys, it’s in it for the homerun!
What comes to your mind when you think of Boston? Maybe it's the Red Sox, or maybe it's Baked Beans? In this latest competition to celebrate the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition, we want to know what Boston means to you! Maybe you've been there, maybe not — it doesn't matter! Show us your favorite photos that represent Boston in your mind!
Back in the 1990s, Gilbert Blecken was a big music fan and wrote for his own small music fanzine. He would interview bands in between sound checks and take photographs of them. He was never a professional photographer or worked for a company; he simply did it for his fanzine. Twenty years on, Gilbert’s photographs have matured into an amazing documentation of some of the biggest music icons of that era. We caught up with Gilbert to ask him about these photographs and the fascinating story behind them.
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.
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.
It's time to come out of winter hibernation! The warm weather of spring is around the corner, and it's time to celebrate. From a bar crawl to a community group exhibition, we're doing it all. So grab your kilts and clovers and come join us for another round of fun!
Have you ventured into light painting before? It's so fun and there are so many ways for you to explore it, we promise you'll never get bored. The folks here at HQ had a blast playing around with the Lomo'Instant and the result was a bunch of adorable, colorful photos!