I just went to the Mecca of film camera hunters and enthusiasts in Manila yesterday. All I can say is that I’m still buzzed with the experience.
I’ve heard from many people that Hidalgo is the place to be when you’re looking for great camera and film finds in Manila. Ever since, I really wanted to try the experience for myself and see what they’re talking about. Just yesterday, I scoured the streets with an old buddy of mine and we got a whiff of what Hidalgo had to offer.
We were hunting for good films to use and we found some expired rolls. We kinda liked the fact that we can experiment with different brands of expired film and we were excited to see what effects they can produce. Fuji and Kodak were the headliners and I got myself 5 rolls in all. In one store that we visited, something caught my eye. Neatly compiled on a cabinet was a cool collection of old film cameras. The Rolleiflex TLR was begging for my attention along with different predecessors of Canons, Nikons and Yashicas. It was camera heaven.
I asked the lady at the counter if the cameras were for sale and she shook her head. She said that those are for display only and that they had no intention of selling them. I couldn’t really blame them! Those were good-looking cameras. I guess I have to look further if I want to find myself a cool vintage camera of my own.
Everything in the narrow streets of Hidalgo is worthy of your attention. I can’t explain it fully. You have to experience it for yourself, too. Hopefully, I can have photographs to share with you guys the next time I go back to Hidalgo. All I can say now is that I can still see the images of those cameras fluttering around my head.
Valerio Spada went beyond his comfort zone and stepped right into the battlefield with his camera. He went to Naples, Italy, an area populated by the Camorra Mafia but also home to Annalisa Durante who, at the age of 14, was killed by a bullet aimed at a Camorra boss. What happened to her could've happened to any of the girls portrayed in the book Gommorah Girl. This work is about Annalisa. It's about all of the girls that, just like her, seem doomed to an unfair destiny - which, hopefully, may still change.
The beauty of instant cameras is that they let your spontaneous side truly run wild, and the Lomo'Instant Wide gives you just the opportunity to experiment with all sorts of shooting methods on the fly!
We spend copious amounts of time stalking camera forums and researching specifications that "hunter" seems a more fitting term than "collector." And yet, when the time comes to pack all this game—the new or thrillingly ancient cameras—we DIY padding on the spot. (Guilty of trying to avoid the unappealing gear bag from the department store.) Last year though we stocked up on camera bags that are as cool as they are protective. Here are some of 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.
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!
Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.
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.
It's Tipstember! For this month, we will be awarding 25 fat piggies to every tipster article that gets published on the Lomography Magazine. You can share tips on composition, lighting, film experiments and camera modifications; or maybe techniques for shooting portraits, landscapes, still life and even wildlife! If you don't have tricks up your sleeve, however, you can still contribute to the Magazine and let your voice be heard. Here are some suggestions.
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'm Nick Page, a graphic designer based in the UK. After 20 years of working in advertising, I returned to film photography five years ago and found that the analogue life was just what I needed to get away from the "pixel perfect" images I deal with every day in my job.
Browsing through the Lomography website, you can find a lot of redscale shots, which are all done on color negative films. I asked myself if it’s possible to redscale a slide or chrome film and then cross process it. (And yes, it is.) In this tipster I’m going to teach you how to create the bloodiest homemade redscale film I've ever come across.
The Splitzer is a small slice'n'dice accessory that allows you to do all kinds of crazy stuff with your Lomo'Instant camera. For this gallery, we experimented with splitting faces and the results are quite hilarious!