What to do with my sandwich paper?


At least two reasons why you should use sandwich paper, not just for sandwiches!

Sandwich paper (wax paper, parchment paper, or any other type of semi transparent paper) can also play a useful role in photography!

I recently opened the back panel of my Diana, affixed sandwich paper to the inside, threw a dark jacket over my head, opened the shutter (holding down or locking the shutter release open on the “B” setting), and discovered the world as my camera sees it. Occasionally I do it again, to compare in particular what is captured through the lens with the view through the viewfinder – this will save you many a misjudged shot and also allow you to directly compare different lenses and different focused distances with each other!

Since I already had the sandwich paper adhered to the inside of the camera, I wondered how well it would work as a frame. So I carefully tore away at the center of the square. I had thought the ripped paper would result only in a frayed border, but development revealed that the sandwich paper still let some of the light through, creating a very special semi-transparent effect around the main image!

The sandwich paper should be well adhered to the camera – In the end, my mask was ripped off and pulled into the roll during spooling. Luckily, all the pictures were already shot!

written by shoujoai on 2011-06-05 in #gear #tipster #frame #parcment-paper #sandwich-paper #wax-paper #transparent #top-tipster-techniques #transparency #medium-format #tipster #mask #diana #experiment #border
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  1. courtneygawthorp8193
    courtneygawthorp8193 ·

    Very cool! I might have some paper laying around... I might try this!

  2. jojo8785
    jojo8785 ·

    Wow! Great Idea and cool effect - will give this a try :D

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    What a creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

  4. easilydistracted
    easilydistracted ·

    the reults are fantastic!

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    a very cool effect!

  6. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    I'm gonna try less opaque paper, thanks. Like the fibrous border of the mask ;-)

  7. shutterflysimmons
    shutterflysimmons ·

    this is so cool! maybe it would work with tissue paper too?

  8. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Wow these are awesome!! :D

  9. yolicious
    yolicious ·

    great idea!

  10. waldofaldo
    waldofaldo ·

    nice! do you put the paper on the outside of the lens or on the inside? ha

  11. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    Lovely effect! I think I'm trying this out! :)

  12. parky
    parky ·

    really cool

  13. hahajaney
    hahajaney ·

    What a brilliant effect this has. Love it!

  14. sophiesays
    sophiesays ·

    I tried this and my pictures weren't half as good as yours:(
    Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime..

  15. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Need to try this someday! Your photos are really nice! :D

  16. michele10
    michele10 ·

    really nice thanks, here's my album with this technique: www.lomography.com/homes/michele10/albums/1901745-b-w-with-…

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