Using a combination of a ringflash, gels, a macro lens and a low-sensitivity film you can create some amazing close, colourful and high-contrast photos. Using slide film and cross-processing launches these photos into full on psychedelia.
I discovered this process by accident, but have become addicted to the results. I recently purchased a ringflash and close-up lens for my Diana F+ camera. My plan was to walk to some antique stores an hour from my house and hunt down some interesting photo opportunities. I purchased some Lomography 200iso X-Pro Slide Film to use. Not ten minutes from my house it began to rain and all available light disappeared, along with my desire to keep walking. I peeled off my lens cap and took some quick up-close photos of a nearby flower bed and dashed home. When I had these developed they looked like night time shots due to the low sensitivity film. The background disappeared into darkness, but the flash brought insane colour and texture to the foreground objects.
The next round of shots were cross—processed and from there I have never looked back.
Ed Choi regards Lomography as one of the best things that happened to him. In this interview, the latest member to join the roster of LomoGurus talks about how cross processing slide films sparked a great friendship, taking instant photos in Himalayas, and creating the perfect double exposure photograph.
This is a tribute to a great Austrian sports photographer, Lothar Rübelt. In an era with no high speed films available, he was able to immortalize wonderful moments in sports - from diving to gymnastics and football. In creating this tribute, I took a series of photos of an amateur football match using expired black and white film developed using an uncommon chemical. Take a look after the jump!
James Nader is a UK-based Fashion and Editorial photographer. He started his career in photography shooting with film, processing and developing his work by hand. He now works on high end fashion shoots and has photographed the likes of Dita Von Teese and Richard Branson. James still has a passion for film photography and uses it regularly. We lent him a Petzval lens to shoot with and he has kindly given us a full, in depth review of this beautiful portrait lens. Say hello to James Nader.
Sprocket Love: The Sprocket Rocket is the world’s first wide-angle camera dedicated to sprockets. It shoots 18 panoramas on a standard 35mm roll and exposes the whole width of film including sprocket holes. Use its dual winding knobs for easy multiple exposures and generate perfect nighttime shots with the bulb setting.
By going on a photo walk waggrad00 was not only able to de-stress, she also had the chance to meet several interesting people along the way. One of them was this homeless fellow who made her as well as many others' day better with a small but thoughtful gesture.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
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.