Last week, Lomography Gallery Store Sheung Wan threw a launch party for the new Petzval Lens. Delicious refreshments and wine were served to guests who were also invited to experience the magical capabilities of the Petzval lens.
The Petzval's magnificent colour tone and shallow depth of fieldmake it second to none. Combined with special bokeh shapes, these features give photos a dreamy, surreal efffect.
Using light to capture the perfect magical portrait
For you to capture a beautiful Petzval portrait, special attention should be given to the photographer’s arrangement of the lights.
Tips on the light set-up
Pick an indoor site with white walls as your location. White walls allow photographers to use only one light source because white walls reflect the light and thus give out wonderful soft lighting, which is also called bounced light. It projects very soft light on the subject, making it look more natural.
Flash is also a good light source to replace professional lighting. If you have some accessories like umbrella reflectors or soft box, you will be able to create soft lighting which makes the subject’s face more natural.
Get a wireless flash trigger if you have enough budget. A flash trigger allows you to create a different light effect. Therefore, you can make different professional shots with beautiful lighting even during outdoor shoots.
Guests were amazed by the stunning Petzval portraits and they received the photographs through e-mail right after the shoot. Then they shared the photos with friends immediately using the hashtags *#Lomography* and *#Petzval* !
Hanna Varela was one of the photographers who participated in the exhibition jointly organized by Parallel Planets and Lomography Singapore and held last week. She is passionate about film photography and recently took black and white portraits! Here, Hanna talks about her awesome experience with the Petzval Art Lens and her elegantly beautiful masterpieces.
The Glastonbury Festival is arguably one of the most anticipated and renowned music festivals in the world. It is a joy to be able to watch it, and a privilege to capture scenes on and off stage. Apart from creating beautiful portraits, the Petzval Lens is great for adding an albeit subtle drama to the already spectacular scenes of music festivals. Japanese photographer Taio Konishi photographed this year's Glastonbury with a Petzval 85mm Lens, and here are some of the photos. He also talks about his Petzval-meets-Glastonbury experience in this exclusive.
Since Lomography launched its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens project on Kickstarter, we've been seeing a variety of pictures, from images of snow monkeys in Japan to behind-the-scenes shots of New York Fashion Week. Many of these pictures were shot with digital cameras, but we've yet to see how the Petzval 58 performs on an analog Canon Rebel camera loaded with black and white, and x-pro film. Join us on a trip through the heart of New York's Chinatown during the Lunar New Year Parade.
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Last year, Armin Amirian talked to Lomography about his motivations as an artist, his inspiration for his work and the difficulty of pursuing his passion in the society he belongs to. With that came a collection of images that reflected the concerns he and his fellow countrymen are faced with every day. The Iran-based photographer returns with insight on his new body of work.
Some photographers have an instinct for the unique. Whereas others aim to fashion the ordinary into a singular picture, these hunters are obsessed with what cannot be found elsewhere. They prize an exclusive scoop on architectural patterns, artisan quirks, and objects that stick out of an everyday scene. And when the photographers find them, they will twist and turn to get the most flattering angle. Only right for curiosities that beg to be shared.
Xavier Boldú is a London based photographer who has managed to perfectly capture the full potential of the Petzval 85 lens through his stunning portraits. He shares some of his favorite images and talks about his passion for this bokeh art lens.