We put the Belair X 6-12 in the hands of our good friend and Toronto-based photographer Mark Binks and were we stunned by the results. Check out the photos he got shooting with the Belair and also some tips from Mark himself!
Hey Mark, tell us a bit about yourself and what you’ve been up to.
I’m a Toronto based photographer, working mostly in fashion and portraiture. I just moved in to a new studio, so I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around in there. I especially enjoy using Lomography cameras in a studio setting, with strobes and the like. I do like to plan out my ideas and lighting concepts, which I know it maybe goes against golden rule #6 “Don’t think!”, but then again golden rule #10 is “Don’t worry about any rules”, so I guess I’m still good.
What was it like shooting with the Belair X 6-12 – be honest!
Haha OK… One of my favourite things about all the Lomography cameras is how totally unique they all look. It always gives me a chance to have a conversation with whoever I’m shooting with because usually they’re just super curious about what the heck I’m doing. Especially if someone isn’t used to having their picture taken, a studio environment with all the lights and gear and people running around can feel a little overwhelming. I find that having an ice breaker like a Lomography camera can really help to get past all that. With the Belair, I especially love the level of control over my shots, with the automatic exposure shutter and the wide range of ISO settings, which is particularly important when you’re trying to get double exposures.
The multiple exposure shots are really neat. Any tips for our community on accomplishing these kind of photographs?
As for advice, for double exposures, a little planning in your head about how your shot will be composed really helps a lot. Playing with symmetry is one of the things I like to do when shooting multiple exposures, so you really have to think about how you’re going to frame each exposure in relation to your next exposure. Also, and there are some really helpful articles about this on the Lomography website and magazine, but just understanding basic lighting and shadow concepts is really key. So, knowing that a shadow on film is really just an area that hasn’t been exposed as much yet tells you that maybe you should try to frame your second exposure so that your subject lines up with where the shadows from the first exposure would be. Make sense?
What were these photographs shot for, and anything up and coming from you that we should look out for?
I get bored easily and I have the attention span of a goldfish, so for me I think it’s important creatively to keep experimenting with different styles and lighting concepts, and with shooting on all kinds of digital and analogue formats. These images were just from a model test I was doing in my new studio, and really it was just about trying new things and seeing what the camera can do. It was a “me” day!
Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Mark!
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