After developing new films, comparing them with those shot earlier and taking note of the good ones, one will definitely improve his or her craft.
In order to improve one’s skills, one needs to shoot more and shoot frequently. I am not asking you to shoot one bunch of lousy photos – that’s just a waste of time and money. I recommend that you bring along a Lomography journal and note down all the factors affecting the shots so that you can improve on them later.
The golden rule number 1: “Take your camera everywhere you go” applies to your Lomography journal as well. You can record down the weather, Lomography Camera used, film used, aperture, shutter speed, and focusing distance. Be as accurate and comprehensive as possible. After developing each batch of new films, compare them with those shot earlier and take note of the good ones. One will definitely improve after these self-assessments.
How to DIY a Lomography Journal:
- Prepare needles, thread, non-woven cloth, developed film, and your design.
- Arrange your desired designs on the cover page and sew them together.
- Staple 3 pages for jotting down notes.
- After finishing each roll, detach the notes from the journal.
- For every roll of film shot, use a new set of notes. You can recycle the cover pages.