Sometimes, all you need are a good lighting system and out-of-the-box techniques to create incredible effects and even transform the appearance of your subject!
This two-minute short was actually a teaser directed by film industry professional Nacho Guzman for the music video of “Sparkles and Wine” by French duo Opale. Here you would see a woman whose face seems to be morphing repeatedly – if you’re thinking that some complicated software had been used to create this effect, you’re wrong. Apparently, only a rotating light source caused these dramatic shifts in her appearance and the video’s overall tone and mood.
Based on the video, we can deduce that certain angles of the light create shadows that make the face appear somber, relaxed, and even daunting. The changes in the color of the light, as well as the subject’s small movements and acting (and a bit of wind effect!), make for excellent touches. Just a note, though, this video runs quite fast for observation so you might want to hit the pause button in between to see it frame by frame.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the full music video for “Sparkles and Wine.” You’d be amazed to know that this super cool work was “created entirely without the assistance of any kind of animation software or 3D technique. What you see has been generated on real time thanks to the lighting system and the kinetic optical feedback, and then mixed together.”
His work has the anachronistic charm of hand-tinted photographs and the trippy flavor of rock. Sometimes too his portraits of Lana Del Rey, Kevin Parker and Jim James cross over to the territory of graphic design and pop art, skewing definitions of what a picture is. Neither are his views on photography straitlaced, as this exciting interview with Lomography proves.
In spite of being a trained photographer, Ines quit her job and continued with photography only as a hobby. She still finds time to create beautiful, expressive portraits, which she recently did this in her hometown, Brunswick, and transformed the city into a quintessential dream setting with a unique swirly bokeh effect. Her weapon of choice? The New Petzval Art Lens, of course!
Illuminate your subjects with an even burst of light with the Lomography Ringflash. While you're at it, find out how you can earn piggies and have your very own Ringflash photos be featured on the Online Shop!
Before smartphones and digital cameras, Diego Uchitel used a Polaroid to test his lighting. For many of his subjects, these dress rehearsal shots turned out as marvelous as the published pictures. David Bowie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bundchen and many other celebrities exposed their delicate side for Uchitel's magical lens even after the main show.
Looking for a reliable flash? Consider the Lomography Ringflash, which throws an even burst of light around your subject! We scoured the Magazine and found these community-written reviews for you to peruse.
The bravest and most creative lomographers are rewarded with astounding photographs, the results of their often out-of-the-box and extreme experiments. In this featured album, clickiemcpete channeled the famous Victor Frankenstein in creating what he calls the FrankenFilm. Find out how it's done straight from the lomographer himself!
Duncan Frazier and Stephen McGuigan are focused on creating niche technology that inspires. Founders of Bitbanger Labs, a Brooklyn-based outlet for their ideas, the two friends developed a revolutionary light painting device — Pixelstick. We talked to them to find out more about their work and about this unique and beautiful way to take photos!
Done shooting and want your films to be processed? We can process your colour and black & white 35mm, 120 or 110 films! Development, prints and scans are also included. (Service availability depends on your markets)
Experimental, stunningly beautiful, and pleasantly surprising are ways to effectively describe double exposure photography. Have you ever tried this creative technique? If you haven't, it's time to give it a try and share your best double exposed photos for the chance to win a copy of the photobook "Double Exposure" by Nickolas Muray.
Our Lomographers love their Petzval and, as a result, they have taken it to the most amazing places: gardens full of green, immensely busy cities and breathtaking landscapes. Yet, sometimes, all you need is what you have right at home. Keeping family memories with the Petzval Lens never looked this good, and golfpunkgirl does it well.
Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!