Lighting is one of the trickiest aspects of macro photography. Using the Lomography Ringflash the way it was intended can improve your macro shots.
At the smallest scales shadows become a problem because a blade of grass might as well be a building. If you try to use a camera’s built-in flash it will be more offset and more useless the closer you get to your subject. If you do manage to light your subject, the flash will often be too strong at macro distances. Macro lenses for high-end cameras can be very expensive, but if you’re lucky you just might be able to use the Ringflash with your macro setup. Many of you know the Ringflash as the ultimate accessory for the Lomography Fisheye cameras, but it was originally designed as a flash for macro photography. Luckily it just happens to fit my macro kit. I have a Canon EOS Rebel Ti and a Quantaray zoom lens with a macro setting. The Ringflash fits perfectly over the rubberized grip on the lens. The Ringflash has a “slave” mode where it will flash in response to another flash going off, so I just set the camera to “forced flash” and fire.
Here are some examples demonstrating the nice, even lighting you can get with a macro flash:
Film swaps are one of the coolest ways to shoot film. This is a strictly analogue aspect and we are making the most of it. We're so happy to take part in a film swap our with fellow Lomography Embassy Store in Peru!
One of the great things about photography is that we can look at the world and preserve that image on print instead of just looking at it again and again in our heads. Also, we can create a world as we’d like it to be – with everything just the way we like them.
Colorsplashing can do wonders to your image. It can alter the mood of your image, enhance colors, or introduce a totally new perspective! Advanced photography skills are not required here; all it takes is a Colorsplash Camera (or Flash) and your imagination. "Paint" your dog green, dye your friend's face with pink light ... the possibilities are endless! Here's a list of Colorsplashing techniques to try from daytime to nighttime.
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but whoever said that must have never shot with a Konica C35. This 46-year-old beauty can definitely hang with the big boys. Come see why this camera is one of my favorites, and why it should be one of yours, too.
Bobby Sham is a photography artist and large format photography and Petzval enthusiast based in Hong Kong. He is also an art administrator and the secretary of the Hong Kong Photographic Cultural Association, one of the Initiators of Hong Kong Photo Festival. He shares with us photos that he took using a large-format camera and an original Petzval Lens, as well as his Lomography x Zenit test shots. He also grants an interview with Lomography Hong Kong and shares his enthusiasm for – and insight regarding – taking photographs with the Petzval lens.
You’ve shouted your analogue love from the rooftops and worn your heart on your sleeve – Now it’s time to take it to the next level and wear it on your skin! Our new Lomography Tattoos are fun, easy to apply and come in five designs.
Aside from the Magazine, going through the User Blogs is another way to keep tabs on the latest happening in the community. Throughout the year, it was filled with articles on new discoveries, thought-provoking opinions, and exciting exhibits that surely entertained, challenged, and inspired everyone. Let's take a look back at the fruitful year through the most popular user blogs of 2014.
We've got another great opportunity for you to load up on all your favorite films! Today's Advent deal is 10% off of all our films! Keep your holidays classy with one of our awesome black and white films or get creative with one of our Redscale films. Whatever you choose will be a great way to document all the upcoming fesitivities!
Keep experimenting with your analogue shots and try out many different styles. This time, let these filter photographs from the community show you how easy it is to create images that are popping with effects and color!