We made some handmade Petzval aperture plates and did a test shoot at Lomography HQ. Read on to see the photos and learn the method!
Inspired by the fabulous and imaginative bokeh seen in photos from you, our Lomography community, we decided to have a go at making our own special apertures for the Petzval Lens at Lomography HQ! And once we started thinking of new designs, we just couldn’t stop!
What you need to make DIY Petzval Aperture Plates
Black cardboard A darkened room and some fairy lights (or you can go and find great lights outside at night) A carving knife or scissors Pencil Petzval Lens
There are two ways to create the aperture plates. You can either draw around the lens barrel, so in a circle, and cut out the shapes and then make the circle smaller so that it can be pushed inside the lens barrel. Or, you can copy the waterhouse aperture plates that come with the Petzval, which will require a bit more detail and steady hand for cutting!
We’d love to see your ideas for special aperture shapes, post them in the comments below and stay tuned for more photos!
Remember that the Petzval comes with four custom aperture plates to get you started! Find out more about the New Petzval lens here.
If you run a small business selling hand made items online, you would know how vitally important it is to have amazing product shots to help sell your work. I tested out the new Petzval lens on some of my hand-printed items to see if I could get a winning shot, and below is an overview of what happened.
Lassi, one of our awesome Petzval Lens Kickstarter backers, came to visit us at Lomography HQ this week. We had a brilliant time introducing him to the Lomography team, showing him some of the Vienna sights and generally having fun. As part of the trip, we organized a special photo-shoot in which we took photos with a vintage Petzval lens on a Sinar P2 4x5 camera. Head past the jump to find out more about the great time we had with Lassi and to see some old-school Petzval shots!
Talented metal artist Peter Atwood, known in the Lomography community as clickiemcpete, talks to us about his wonderful custom made aperture plates and tips on how to get the best bokeh with the Petzval Lens.
The expansive 6x12 format allows you to capture a vast space that makes for jaw-dropping photos; whether landscape, portrait or anything else you feel like shooting. Wait there’s more; the Belair X 6-12 can also shoot in both square 6x6 and regular 6x9 formats. So whatever shape you’re in, the Belair X 6-12 is ready to match you!
After our previous little chat with Samantha of FEElim Photography, we just couldn't wait to learn more about her pre-nuptial photography experience using our Petzval Art Lens, and were eager for some tips on how to use the lens for a prenup shoot. Read on for our interview with Samantha and of course, get hold on her amazing photography along with a few pre-wedding shots!
Halloween fever is in full swing. Everything ghostly, scary or freakishly extraordinary are either on display or being spoken of in hushed voices through spine-chilling tales. Apart from wearing the scariest costumes and taking photos of of your petrifying selves, why not amplify the Halloween spirit a notch higher by using Halloween-themed aperture plates with the New Petzval Lens? Here's a quick tipster that'll teach you how to make special aperture plates and make the most out of them this Halloween!
Last month, Lomography Gallery Store Soho held an exhibition of photographs taken at the Nixon Surf Challenge in Russia. Free drinks and live music from Swim Mountain overflowed at the opening party. Using the Petzval lens and a star-shaped aperture plate to give a beautifully soft, dreamy effect, the folks at the Soho Gallery Store created a video of the event. Watch this video after the jump.
Emma Case is a UK-based alternative wedding photographer. Together with her husband Pete Smyth, she runs a successful business taking beautiful pictures of couples on one of the most important days of their lives! We gave Emma a Petzval Lens for her to test and the results are stunning. Say hello to Emma Case!
This year Lomography UK headed to the Oxfordshire countryside to run two workshops at the Wilderness festival. We set up camp and battled the unpredictable weather with a trusty Petzval lens in hand. We battled through the rain, sun, mud and smelly toilets to capture the event in full. Read on for more.
The premium New Petzval Lens allows you to set your subject against a soft, beautiful background of bokeh. But how about making the bokeh even more interesting by using shapes? Simply use the special aperture plates exclusively made for the Petzval and have fun!
Photos shot with a New Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Each New Petzval lens is crafted from brass (just like the original Petzval lens) and features premium glass optics. Together with Lomography, the lenses have been designed and constructed by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. Zenit are master lens manufacturers and have the skill to build the Petzval lens for use with today’s SLR cameras.
From its vintage 19th century design to the fantastic, creative and unique photos it produces, the Lomography x Zenit New Petzval Art Lenses just oozes analogue. We set up a mini photo studio at Lomography HQ a few days ago and got snap happy with the New Petzval attached to the Canon EOS 5 film camera. Check out the results after the jump!
Alison Scarpulla is an enormously talented photographer from the USA who utilizes experimental techniques such as multiple exposures and film soaking to create surreal, evocative and emotional shots. After previously featuring some of her work in the Lomography magazine, we were ecstatic that she accepted our offer to shoot with the LC-Wide to create some brand new photos. Read on for our exclusive interview with the woman behind such amazing photos, which you will see after the jump!
Juxtapose visions of Tokyo at night with the Petzval's bokeh, and you get pure magic. From a traditional Japanese hearth to busy Tokyo streets, Mance Thompson captured it all with the new Petzval lens and a star-shaped aperture plate, weaving magic into otherwise ordinary everyday scenes.