Everyone loves a delicious light leak streaking in through the side of a photo. Sometimes they happen on accident, but here’s a cool idea for encouraging awesome light leaks into your photos.
The first time I used 35mm film in my Holga, I quickly realized one of the most important things – tape up the back of your camera, or light will leak in through the counter window, and ultimately over-expose every single shot. Unfortunately this lesson involved me botching an entire roll but hey… that’s part of the game of experimenting with your camera.
Since 35mm film doesn’t have a paper backing like medium format film does, it has no protection from the light seeping in from the little red window at the back of the camera. Without covering this little window your roll will probably bite the dust just like mine did. A regular solution would be to seal this window off to keep everything nice and pitch dark inside the camera, although what you could also try is this:
Instead of completely taping up the little red window, put 3 or 4 layers of painters tape on the window instead, which will intentionally allow some light to pass through (you may need more layers depending on how bright your shooting environment is). What this will do is give a cool little reddish leak in the middle of your photos!!
Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!
We love sharing photos! So, with the recent release of the beloved Lomo'Instant camera, we thought it would be a great idea to look at some of the best ways to share your instants with the world. Rather than letting them collect dust on a shelf or stay hidden away in a drawer somewhere, why not let everyone else in on your superb instant creations? Check out these 5 awesome ways you can do just that!
Do you love being creative? How about instant photography? If the answer is yes, no or maybe, then we've got a jam happening with your name written all over it! Being the most creative instant camera around, it's difficult to imagine the Lomo'Instant becoming any more awesome. But what would happen if you and your pals put on your thinking caps for a Lomo'Instant accessory brainstorming session of the ages — limitless creative potential! Show us your skills by joining the Lomo'Instant Accessory Challenge!
Unfortunately, it happens sometimes that your resulting pictures are not what you expected - the image doesn't look that good, the colors are bland, and the subject is banal. Indeed, it couldn't be picture of the year! Herein I propose a second chance for your pictures by modifying your 35mm negatives. Just pick up some ideas from here, experiment, and scan your negatives with the Lomography Smartphone Scanner. Anything is possible: burning, scratching, putting on hydrochloric acid, balsamic vinegar, nail polish, bleach, or raspberry juice... use your imagination and write down your new film soup recipe! You can find a sample of the effects in this article.
Lomography is proud to announce that we are teaming up with acclaimed rock band R.E.M. to host an exclusive one-of-a-kind photo competition! The prizes include a Lomography Diana F+ Special Edition Camera, the acclaimed new ‘R.E.M. By MTV’ DVD, R.E.M. vinyl and more! Read on to see how you can participate in this rumble.
Jack Lowe has set himself a challenge to document every RNLI post around the UK coastline using a Victorian method of photography called Wet Plate Collodion Photography. He has been driving around in an old ambulance converted into a mobile darkroom. Jack talked to us about this fascinating project and the challenges he faces along the way.