Tipster of the Week: I Want to Be A LomoStar!


Have you ever seen sun looking like big shiny star? No? Ever been on a scenario where the night sky becomes overcast just when you've planned on learning the zodiac constellations, yeah? Frustrating isn't it? Well for this week, we got something very special that will certainly have you catching and shooting stars in no time!

Star light effect by dogma

There are couple ways on building a star light effect filter, but I will tell you the easiest!

For this tip you will need:

  • sharp knife
  • piece of CLEAN glass or CLEAN transparent plastic (brand new CD case could work for that) and it should be same size or a bit greater then your camera lens front
  • ruler
  • duct tape.

How to:
1. Take a plastic piece and using ruler and knife scratch the surface of the plastic by making parallel lines. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t cut it, just scratch it a little bit. Distance between the lines should be about 2mm and lines should last over all size of plastic (It should be long enough to cover your lens).

2. Turn the plastic sheet 90 degrees and start making new lines, these lines will be perpendicular to the first lines

3. After that, you will need to make some more lines which should go criss-cross through the ones you’ve made earlier. You should have a piece of plastic with a nice grid/pattern afterwards. If the grid looks not perfect, don’t worry it will work anyway.

4. Now all you have to do is put this filter in front of your camera and start shooting. If you will take pictures of the sun it will turn into a big star. If you will go for a night hunting, my recommendation would be to stick filter to your camera with a duct tape instead of holding it.

Happy shooting! :D

written by dogma on 2010-03-21 in #gear #tipster #filter #tip #tipster-of-the-week #night-shooting #diy #modification #tipster


  1. abcdefuck
    abcdefuck ·

    this is absolutely awsome.

  2. eggzakly
    eggzakly ·

    I love this effect and I love these pictures! Another easy way of getting a star filter effect is by simply holding a piece of shiny metal screen in front of the lens :)

  3. novakmisi
    novakmisi ·

    great tipster!

  4. spoeker
    spoeker ·

    perfect! love the effect

  5. born-to-ruin
    born-to-ruin ·

    This is rad! I was working on scoring plastic to achieve the same effect! Nice to see it works!

  6. coldkennels
    coldkennels ·

    This is fantastic! I'll have to give this a shot.

  7. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    superstar tipster!

  8. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    awesome!!!! im gonna try this!

  9. boredbone
    boredbone ·

    coolest tip i've seen in awhile:)

  10. niki-tzi
    niki-tzi ·

    i have to try this...
    really nice idea...

  11. awleef
    awleef ·

    great tipster...thanks a lot mate :)

  12. coca
    coca ·


  13. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Cool tip, thanks for sharing!

  14. dogma
    dogma ·

    Yeee i have all most forgot about this one :))) thanks LSI for publishing this tip. I'm glad you guys love it!

  15. paramir
    paramir ·

    genius! great results!

  16. satomi
    satomi ·

    Wow, this is really fantastic!

  17. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    amazing - i am so so sosososososoo oso oo so so so doing this!

  18. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Fantastic tipster! :)

  19. lomoblood
    lomoblood ·

    wow! this is great, im working on making one right now :]

  20. kernow_and_cambria
    kernow_and_cambria ·

    Love it!

  21. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    aahahaha tipster of the century

  22. disdis
    disdis ·


  23. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Really cool tipster. I especially like tipsters like this where you don't have to use up a whole roll of film on it if you don't want to. Just hold it in front of the lens. Great work and wonderful gallery.

  24. lomoblood
    lomoblood ·

    ahh, i have a question, when you put the filter in front of your lens, which side should be facing out, the side you cut with the knife or the smooth uncut side?

  25. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Clever!! XD

  26. dogma
    dogma ·

    @lomoblood i think it's not matter which side you gone use, i should work on both sides ;)

  27. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    great! i will try it!

  28. hailkingstewie
    hailkingstewie ·

    This is amazing. How did you discover this!?

  29. bravopires
    bravopires ·


  30. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Wow this is a crazy tipster! So clever!

  31. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    This is a classic ... but ...
    Homemade !!!
    100% Lomographic tipster !!!

  32. stouf
    stouf ·

    Hohoho ! This is my cup of tea ! Simple but extremely smart. And the results are perfect. Congrats mate !

  33. nural
    nural ·

    OMG this is awesome, can't wait to try!!!

  34. dogma
    dogma ·

    WoW Thanks all of you guys for so many likes!
    @hailkingstewie well at first i discovered this… that gave me some thoughts and then i read the amazing book released in 1936 in Lithuania ("Everyone can shoot") There was some tips how people in that time used to make variuos filters and other stuff :)

  35. dogma
    dogma ·

    Oh like i said there are some other ways to make astar filter. You can use a scrub paper and gently scratch plastic or glass piece by making circles, try it out ;)

  36. workerbee
    workerbee ·


  37. almudein
    almudein ·

    LOVE IT!!

  38. ritamiguel
    ritamiguel ·

    GREAT IDEA! =)

  39. misaka
    misaka ·

    Thanks! I´ll try it! :D

  40. patrix
    patrix ·

    hey dogma nice tip and awesome pics there))

  41. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i "lended" a cd cover from my boyfriend..... hope he will not find out ;)

  42. nahdeen
    nahdeen ·

    pretty cool -- might try it out sometime!

  43. makny
    makny ·

    i'm gonna try this soon!!! great tipster!

  44. middernachtlopper
    middernachtlopper ·

    I'd love to try it!

  45. nlafranchi
    nlafranchi ·

    nice nice tipster. have made the plastic part, only have to use it :) did you make deep cuts?

  46. pink1212
    pink1212 ·

    I can't wait to go home and try this!

  47. edithnine
    edithnine ·

    cant wait to try this!

  48. mariefisen
    mariefisen ·

    Wow! I am definitely going to try this!! Thanks for sharing...

  49. qrro
    qrro ·

    absolutely awesome and easy!!, very clever :)

  50. magdalenalenny
    magdalenalenny ·

    the cover of a petri dish will work nicely as well, I guess. will try it soon!!!
    very catchy tipster, keep up!

  51. amishfox18
    amishfox18 ·

    should i hold the filter right against the lens or an inch or so away?

  52. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Best tipster! Like it :)

  53. gm_mcleod
    gm_mcleod ·

    I love this and I can't wait to try it!!! Thanks!

  54. feelux
    feelux ·

    Wow. Great tipster! Can't wait to try this :)

  55. junchan0825
    junchan0825 ·

    Looks COOL!! I will definitely try this!!! :D

  56. deja-mew
    deja-mew ·

    I can't wait to try this, too! I will definitely be bringing this to my yearly music fest.

  57. clicknique
    clicknique ·

    Awesome, deff gonna try this one!

  58. schlogoat
    schlogoat ·


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