There is nothing more exciting than getting a package containing a brand new lomo camera, awaiting to explore the world in your hands. So here's a few tips before snapping away.
I find that the excitement of getting a brand new package can be very overwhelming, but it can also lead to frustration, wasting film, or maybe even breaking the camera. So over the few months I’ve been getting new cameras and testing them here’s what I’ve learned:
ALWAYS read the instructions booklet FULLY before going out to shoot with your camera. Sometimes the instruction booklet might be missing a few problems you’re stumbling across, so before forcing anything into place [or out of place] search the LSI tipster, or any other informational page on analog troubles, because it is most probable that you’re not the first one to encounter this issue.
For the first roll of film you pop into your new baby, use a film that is not too important for you, because chances are that these first pictures won’t come out exactly as you think they will.
Try to get the first test roll developed before popping more film into the camera. That way you have an idea of where you missed and what things you can improve, or also if you’re putting the film in correctly, so that you don’t end up shooting three rolls of what you think will be amazing pictures, and then when you get them back from the lab, you find they’re completely blank.
Most labs around where I live do one hour photo processing. Sometimes they’ll ‘pass’ lomographs just because they’re double exposed, or have some weird experiment you were trying out that is completely alien to them. For that reason, I always stick around during the process of developing and scanning, to make sure that they will print or scan the entire roll. It always helps if you’re friendly, specially if it’s a lab you’ll be visiting frequently. This will come in handy when it’s time to cross process.
So that pretty much sums up my set of newbie tips. Here’s a gallery of my first roll failures so you don’t feel too bad when your first pictures don’t come out exactly as you expected them.
Other than the exciting range of products, there’s more to see in the Lomography Embassy Store Vienna. There is also a new exhibit of works from various photographers around the world. A new exhibit by the artist Ona B., will be kicked off with an opening party on the 9th of December.
If you visit London in the next few weeks,you might bump into a Paddington Bear sculpture more than once. Don't be alarmed, he's not following you around. There are hundreds of Paddington Bear sculptures dotted around the city in celebration of the launch of a new film. We captured a few using the glorious Petzval lens. Take a look here.
There is nothing more refreshing than escaping one's everyday life for to unpack a camping tent and spend a wonderful weekend with friends for a few days during summer. Some of the coolest festivals are calling and there's a special one in Germany that is a must-see in July: Melt! festival. Win two tickets for this spectacular event to be held from July 17 to 19. Show us your most beautiful festival moments.
Chris Pollard is a fashion photographer who, despite his exposure to the fast-paced world of runways and fashion, still has a passion for film photography. He expressed a keen interest in testing the New Petzval Lens, and we were more than glad to let him try it for himself. He shares photos ad answers a few questions in this exclusive feature.
Happy New Year Everyone. We're confident that our January 2015 workshops will help you dust off those January blues and get you smiling again. You'll be able to learn how to expose an image onto fabric or canvas with our LUMI paint workshop, learn the basics of our super Diana F+ camera and take to the streets with the Lomo'instant. There is also a great exhibition of analogue prints from photographer Arat “Huge” Komsawadichai. Find out more and book your spot by clicking here.
Lomography UK has teamed up with cultural historian Petra Mason and publisher Rizzoli to give away two of Mason's vintage photography books, “Beefcake: 100% Rare, All Natural” and “Bettie Page: Queen of Curves” with photography by Bunny Yeager. You could also win our very special “LomoLife Book.”
Photography has been described as a time-stopping device, something that “freezes” an action. This moment on-pause is the most salient; all conversation about the picture will tend to pin down the beauty of that second. Celeste Ortiz’s photos make us think of something else. A sense of continuation.