How to use a 120mm Film Roll in a Sport Event

1

I love to photograph sport events. Always with film, never in digital. Sometimes, I use 120mm film rolls, which allows to shot only 12 photos. Here you can find some quick tips to make the most out of 120 films using a toy camera.

The medium format film is fantastic. Great plasticity, very small grain, great details on the negative, especially if you use a professional camera as an Hasselblad or a camera with a sharp lens as a Rolleiflex or even a Lubitel. With these cameras, you have full control of times and aperture, so if you have some experience using an analogue camera, it is very difficult to waste shots. The problem is different if you use a toy camera, as a Diana, an Holga or a Ferrania Eura, because these cameras have a limited possibility of choosing the exposure setting. All these camera have a fixed shutter time and few values available of aperture (two for the Holga, three for the Diana).

Credits: sirio174

So, first of all, you need to choose the adequate film for the event. For example, in a sunny day, you can use a 100 ISO speed film, while in a cloudy or a winter day you need more sensitivity, and in this case is better to use a 400 or even a 800 ISO speed film

Credits: sirio174

You might avoid situation in strong backlight, because the plastic lens of a toy camera is greatly subject to flare. Sometimes, a lens hood can help you when the light becomes comes from a lateral side (forming an angle of 90 degrees with the axis of the lens). A simple lens hood can be constructed by wrapping a matte black cardboard, giving it a cone-shaped form.

Credits: sirio174

The image is sharp a the center of the image, and blurred in the corners. So, you must point the center of the viewfinder toward the most interesting parts of the subject.

Credits: sirio174

If some clouds appear in the sky, you have to open the diaphragm setting the camera on the cloudy option: remember that an overexposed photo is more printable than a underexposed. The medium speed modern films tolerate only one stop error in underexposure, but from one to four stops in overexposure.

Credits: sirio174

Stay close to the subject if you do not have a telephoto lens (there is one available for the Diana F+ camera)

Credits: sirio174

Avoid situation of strong light and deep shadows in a photo, searching for a quite uniform exposure condition.

Credits: sirio174

Take care about the composition. Even with a toy camera, always think before pressing the shutter button. Take care about the parallax error (these camera are not SLR!)

Credits: sirio174

Remember that a toy camera is fun, but because of its limited possibilities of setting, these type of cameras tends to complicate your life rather than simplify it! Always take care of the light conditions, the distance from the subject, the possibility of light leaks and the limited shutter speed (for fast moving subject, as in a car race, you might try a panning).

Credits: sirio174

All these photos were taken with a Diana F+ and two 120mm film rolls. I wasted only a photo on a total of 24 because I advanced an unexposed film frame for my distraction: to avoid this problem (and the risk of double exposures) remember to advance the film just after you have token a photo!

Credits: sirio174

The two teams are Rugby Como and Busto and these photos were taken in the early autumn 2012.

written by sirio174 on 2012-11-29 in #gear #tipster #making-the-most-out-of-120-films #busto-arsizio #rugby-como #diana-f #film #120mm #sport #requeested-post #camera #rugby #tipster #third-division #como #italian-championship #italy

More Interesting Articles

  • Fresh From The Lab: Lubitel 166+, My 120mm Film Camera Debut

    written by hervinsyah on 2014-05-12 in #lifestyle
    Fresh From The Lab: Lubitel 166+, My 120mm Film Camera Debut

    Even though only 12 shots can be taken with it, I found 120mm film very enjoyable to use. It also made me think many times first before pressing the shutter.

  • Fresh from the Lab: One Roll of Film and the Lubitel 166U

    written by fadjaradiputra on 2014-11-07 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: One Roll of Film and the Lubitel 166U

    Adi, Ekeu, and I did a lomowalk around downtown Bandung last Saturday, the beginning of November. We planned to use our Lubitel cameras with only one roll of film each. We were inspired by the One Roll of Film Project by four Tokyo-based photographers with their Hasselblad cameras. This is about the one roll of film I shot with the Lubitel 166U, which made me love shooting in medium format even more.

    8
  • Side Effects: Cocktail Red Passion

    written by simonesavo on 2014-07-16 in #gear #tipster
    Side Effects: Cocktail Red Passion

    This month, I'll be teaching you how to use different techniques to add effects to your photos. BE patient enough and follow these quick tips to find out how I manipulated my film to achieve reddish tones in my photos.

    17
  • Shop News

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Special Apertures for Petzval

    Want to be more creative and level up your bokeh shots? A wide selection of special apertures for Petzval are here to blend with your artistic side and give your Petzval images some analog twists!

  • Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    written by simonesavo on 2014-08-05 in #reviews
    Lomography Belair X 6-12: A Camera That Can Do Almost Everything (Part 2)

    The Lomography Belair X 6-12 is more than just a medium format camera. It is lightweight, compact, and capable of shooting photos in three different sizes: 6x12, 6x9, and 6x6. Equipped with a high quality interchangeable lens system and and automatic exposure, it can give you beautiful shots in every roll. It can also take three different film formats: 120mm, 35mm, and instant. Read on to find out all about this fantastic camera.

  • Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 120: Perfect for Endless Multiple Exposures!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-19 in #reviews
    Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 120: Perfect for Endless Multiple Exposures!

    About two years ago or so, I purchased the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200. I saved just one roll of this film and waited for the right moment to shoot with it. In April this year, I just wasn't able to take it anymore! I loaded this film into my Lubitel 166+, which I realized I hadn't used for maybe about six months. One idea came to mind: taking crazy multiple exposures!

    3
  • Introducing The Brand New LC-A 120 - The Most Compact & Magical Fully Automatic 120 Film Camera Ever!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-09-08 in #news
    Introducing The Brand New LC-A 120 - The Most Compact & Magical Fully Automatic 120 Film Camera Ever!

    Get ready to think fast and shoot faster! Today, we are thrilled share with you news of the brand new LC-A 120 Camera. Load it with any 120 film roll and experience the thrill of medium format photography. You’re sure to soak up all the action in every square shot with its fantastic 38mm f/4.5 wide-angle lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm film camera). It's available for Pre-Order: Extremely limited first batch stock of only 500 cameras!

    35
  • Shop News

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Making the Most of The Easter Holidays!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-04-15 in #lifestyle
    Making the Most of The Easter Holidays!

    The Easter Weekend is approaching and for most of us that means four days off! Spring is here in the UK which means the sun is out and the flowers are in bloom. This is the perfect time to get out your cameras, dust off that special roll of slide film that you've been saving and get outside! Read on for some Easter events happening in your area and some tips on getting great Easter shots!

  • Linuxbcn and His Weapon of Choice: Lomography Redscale ISO 100 (120 mm)

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-04-17 in #lifestyle
    Linuxbcn and His Weapon of Choice: Lomography Redscale ISO 100 (120 mm)

    Awed by the eye-popping fiery red shade the film produces, Joan brands the Lomography Redscale 100 (120 mm) as the most original emulsion in Lomography's catalogue. Aside from this, he also enjoys experimenting with the film's ISO to produce a variety of stunning results. Read on to find out why linuxbcn chose the Lomography Redscale 100 as his Weapon of Choice!

    2
  • Action.. basket time!

    written by sirio174 on 2014-05-08 in #reviews
    Action.. basket time!

    As you can see in my albums, I love to photograph sports events. In this case, I used a pretty Actionsampler camera to document a mini basketball game played in the park of my city Como, in celebration of the Festival of Sports. It's a funny camera with interesting results! Take a look after the jump!

    1
  • Shop News

    Last Day: Free Camera Deal

    Last Day: Free Camera Deal

    Last day of the free camera deal today! Grab films now worth 99 EUR/USD/GBP and get your free Diana Mini or Diana F+ Love Letters for free!

  • Happenings on Film: The Pasar Seni ITB in Bandung, Indonesia

    written by hervinsyah on 2014-12-20 in #lifestyle
    Happenings on Film: The Pasar Seni ITB in Bandung, Indonesia

    The severe weather was the most difficult obstacle we faced during this event held in November. Maybe I should buy a flash to use during the rainy season.

    2
  • My Pinhole F Cardboard Camera Inspired By the Diana F+ Camera

    written by raypg on 2014-09-05 in #lifestyle
    My Pinhole F Cardboard Camera Inspired By the Diana F+ Camera

    I love the different styles of cameras that Lomography has, but I also like to create my own cardboard cameras that use pinholes to be able to take pictures using traditional film. This time I created the Pinhole F, a camera inspired by the Diana F+ and shoots 12 pinhole photos using 120 film.

    2
  • A Salute to the Masters: Football (A Tribute to Lothar Rübelt)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-10-11 in #lifestyle
    A Salute to the Masters: Football (A Tribute to Lothar Rübelt)

    This is a tribute to a great Austrian sports photographer, Lothar Rübelt. In an era with no high speed films available, he was able to immortalize wonderful moments in sports - from diving to gymnastics and football. In creating this tribute, I took a series of photos of an amateur football match using expired black and white film developed using an uncommon chemical. Take a look after the jump!