Lomography Color Negative 100 ISO : Best Film for Artificial Coloring


Whenever I am in the mood for adventure and trying out a new experiment, Lomography's most basic CN 100 film is my go-to film. Don't get me wrong, it is a great color negative film as is, that will give you a faithful representation of colors as they were shot. But in my line-up it is also a great film to add lots of fun effects. Read on after the jump to find out why Lomography's CN 100 film is always present in my camera bag!

Credits: sandravo

When I started my analogue adventure earlier this year, I had no clue whatsoever on the importance of choosing the right film for the right occasion. I had just gotten back from digital into analogue photography, and the choice of film that was available was a little overwhelming. Since I didn’t want to make a huge investment in a bunch of film I might or might not like, I decided to get a pack of the cheapest non-expired film out there: a 35mm 3-pack of Lomography’s CN100.

Looking back, it may not have been the wisest choice, given we were still in the middle of winter, which includes short days and little sun light. On top of that I loaded the film in the sprocket Rocket, which I now know performs better when light is plenty, and I headed out at sunset. This could have been a disaster, yet somehow it wasn’t!

Credits: sandravo

Even though this is just an ISO 100 film and it had everything going against it, it did great! But despite of this great performance, having seen all the gorgeous results you can obtain with cross-processing, I felt the need to move on and start playing with slide film. So the Lomo CN100 was neglected for quite a while… Until I started feeling confident enough to think outside the traditional film use box, and sometimes even outside the quirky Lomography box.

I needed a film of which I knew exactly how it would behave. A film that would only react differently from normal due to manipulations I controlled. So obviously all expired films were out of the running, and since I process all my film in C41 and xpro is such a fickle thing, all slide film was out too. Which is when I came back to Lomography’s CN100.

Lomography’s CN100 is a great film to experiment because of its great consistency, realistic color representation and low grain. The colors you get using CN100 film are usually a fairly good representation of what you see through the viewfinder the moment you make the shot. No more, no less. Which is exactly why it is such a great film for me: I know that no matter what I throw at it, I have a consistent baseline on which to build and compare the results.

To give you an example, my favorite toy lately has been a set of color filters. They are a great way to get amazing shots, if you use them properly. But in order to do that, you need to find out exactly how the the filters effect the result. So the first time I used them on my LC-A+, I ran a test series, which explains in images what I have been trying to explain in words:

  • Use the film as intended and you get a great representation of the scene in front of your lens
  • Build on this consistent baseline and add the effect required to get the desired result

This series goes from no filter, purple, blue, yellow, orange filter.

Credits: sandravo

Once I gathered this knowledge from 35mm film, I moved on to my favorite Lubitel camera and started using that information on CN100 120 film. It took me a bit more trial and error, but I think I have gotten some great results.

Credits: sandravo

So for me, while CN100 is a great film for random shooting, it is an even better film to push the boundaries and experiment a little.

written by sandravo on 2013-07-10 in #reviews #color #negative #requested-posts #cn-100 #120 #35mm #filters #artificial


  1. muchachamala
    muchachamala ·

    I'm almost in awe of these doubled colored pics... Gorgeous!

  2. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thank you all for reading and liking this review! @muchachamala, @istionojr, @niko_fuzzy, @grinningcat, @djramsay, @retro-girl, and @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin

  3. rik041
    rik041 ·

    thank you for this tpster

  4. sarah-addison-dobard
    sarah-addison-dobard ·

    @sandravo I bought my splitzer and fliter ring and need to make a DIY Splitzer for my Lubitel! Thanks for sharing all you amazing ideas and tips!

  5. milkandcereals
    milkandcereals ·


More Interesting Articles

  • LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400

    written by simonesavo on 2014-06-17 in #reviews
    LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400

    The LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 is a color negative film that uses false colors and gives your images an infrared effect. In fact, the greens turn to purple and yellows turn to pink. See how it fares on a photowalk after the jump.

  • 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.

  • Sweetyyydreams and her Weapon of Choice: Lomography XPro Slide 200

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-07-10 in #lifestyle
    Sweetyyydreams and her Weapon of Choice: Lomography XPro Slide 200

    From warm golden yellow to dramatic green hues, Karine swears by this film's capability in producing a wide spectrum of bold and saturated colors. Because of this, she always carries a roll or two in her suitcase whenever she travels. Find out more about Karine Mougenot, aka sweetyyydreams, and her Weapon of Choice, the Lomography XPro Slide 200!

  • Shop News

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    LomoKino & LomoKinoscope Package

    Enjoy a truly analogue moviemaking experience with Lomography's 35mm movie camera and an accompanying accessory to watch your films with. View your masterpieces in the most analogue way possible with the LomoKinoscope. Get it now 20% off the regular price!

  • LomoChrome Turquoise Film: Transform Ordinary Photos Into Magical Scenes

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-04-07 in #gear #lifestyle
    LomoChrome Turquoise Film: Transform Ordinary Photos Into Magical Scenes

    LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 is a regular color negative film which gives fantastic results. Color tones transform from one color spectrum to the next, and in turn, create wild and wonderful outcomes! Let this colorful gallery inspire you to try out our limited-edition film!

  • February Workshops and Events

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-01-20 in #events
    February Workshops and Events

    February is here and the daffodils are out! We've got a great selection of workshops lined up this month. Learn how to get amazing shots with the Lubitel, transfer your favourite image onto a bag with our Lumi Paint workshop and join our Valentine's LC-A + workshop. We've also got a great exhibition from photographer Chris Pollard and you're all invited to the opening night. Read on for all the details.

  • A Day with the LC-A: From the Bus, Como (My Tribute to Robert Frank)

    written by sirio174 on 2014-06-06 in #lifestyle
    A Day with the LC-A: From the Bus, Como (My Tribute to Robert Frank)

    In 1958 the great photographer Robert Frank took a series of images of New York's street life with a Leica camera from a bus window, as in these series of photos that I took in my city Como with my trusty Lomo LC-A loaded with a Kodak Tri-X film. This is a tribute to a great camera and to a great photographer! Read more after the jump!

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    written by blackfairy on 2014-08-07 in #gear #tipster
    I am a Mad Analogue Scientist: New Experiments with 35mm Films and Chemicals

    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.

  • Lomography Redscale XR 50-200: The Film with Warm Tones

    written by simonesavo on 2014-07-14 in #reviews
    Lomography Redscale XR 50-200: The Film with Warm Tones

    The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 is a full-range film, because we can expose from 50 to 200 ISO, achieving different effects and unique. Read on to find out more.

  • LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-03-18 in #people #lomoamigos
    LomoAmigo: Russell Darling

    Russell Darling is one of our Lomography UK regulars. He is a big part of our community of film fanatics and regularly joins our workshops and events. In this interview, we asked him about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120, as well as his work as visual effects practitioner for films such as "Star Wars," "Twilight," and "Godzilla."

  • Shop News

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ and Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens are now ready to give you the best shots with vignetting effects, crisp quality shots together with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana! Save 15% on the Glass Lens in this Bundle!

  • You Get More from Expired Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO 120 Film

    written by ncjom on 2014-11-05 in #reviews
    You Get More from Expired Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO 120 Film

    If you happen to come across an expired Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO 120 film pack, either in a store or on the Internet, get one and be ready for an exciting experience. You'll definitely get more from it!


    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-18 in #news

    Your East London Lomography home is closing soon but fret not, our flagship store in Soho will still be around to satisfy all your analogue camera, film and LomoLab needs! Find out about all the details and a few treats we have lined up before the closure.

  • Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-04-06 in #gear #reviews
    Falling In Love With The LC-A 120

    There are quite a few perks that come with working for a film photography company, and the best perk of all is testing out the latest cameras. I can remember buying my LC-A back in 2009 and being really inspired to shoot film again. When the LC-A 120 came along, I couldn't wait to try it out around London. Join me as I test out this super medium format beauty.