Get your color on with the Harris Shutter Effect

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It's amazing how a few filters, the right technique and a good imagination can draw a unique picture.

We all know the effort that goes into the shots we take here on Lomography. Composition, technique and style are few of the things that we pour so much thought and time on. True enough, with the correct settings, vision and imagination, we get to produce noteworthy prints we can feature in our own albums and walls.

Photos via Bruce McAdam on Flickr, Thiophene Guy on Flickr

Robert Harris has created one style that is still used up to this day. The Harris shutter effect, a technique in which 3 filter images are stacked onto one another creates a uniquely beautiful print that is genuinely analogue in taste. This technique is done by using three different filters in primary colors and in quick succession to create a ghostly effect characterized by outstanding color intensity.

Here are some Harris Shutter inspired shots from our very own Lomographers!

Credits: benlover, emkei, anathea, grad & feelux

Harris invented the technique as a way to develop color photos for Kodak. It’s amazing how one technique meant for developing negatives can turn out to be a creative way of expression and transformation of imagination to material representation.

The dramatic effect created by this multiple exposure technique is but one of the many featured in our community photo collections. Though replicated quickly in digital form by means of Photoshop, nothing seems to replace the effort put into the technique which links the photographer, his camera and subject in a unified trifecta of colors. It has that 3D film feel to it.

Putting on different filters and exposing your shots to each one of them may seem a lot work for just a photograph, but hey, it’s a hard earned print. You can’t put a price on that.

All information were sourced from PetaPixel

written by cheeo on 2013-09-23 in #news

One Comment

  1. skatesauce
    skatesauce ·

    Is there a tipster for that technique, I mean to use it on a LC-A for example

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