Top Lomographer Uslan Shares His Tips on How to Party Like a Pro!

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Uslan is a truly legendary Lomographer, his shots have been used in so many Lomography articles that we simply had to crown him the King of Party Photography! Here he shares his tips on how to make your night go with a bang...and a flash!

Name: Uslan Cevet
age: 30 :(
city: London
lomohome: uslan

Tell us a bit about yourself?
What’s there to tell? I feel compelled to say something pretentious like: “Born and bred Londoner living in Hoxton, working in publishing in Shoreditch by day, and taking pictures in painfully trendy east London by night.” By the same token I could also say “overly insular Londoner, living a lonely existence in a shoebox of a flat with a mundane job by day, often annoying people with a camera at night.” I think the truth lies somewhere in between. That and I have a room full of shoes. And I once saw Gilles Grimandi outside the Clock End slumming it with the rest of us mere mortals before a match – we argued long and hard that day over who else actually saw the legendary Grimster.

how long have you been a lomographer?
About 12 years I think. Whenever Lomography brought out the actionsampler, when was that? 98/99? I bought an LC-A soon after and have been hooked ever since.

What’s your essential kit when heading out for a night on the tiles?
The best camera is whatever camera you have on you! However, an LC-A loaded with 200ASA Lomography X-pro slide film with the Diana flash is a treat. I usually set the aperture to 5.6 and fire away, or just be really quick with how long I keep the shutter open for when on ‘A’ (literally a fraction of a second and never ‘wait for the second click’). If you’re using the LC-A+ try and set the ASA setting to 1600 regardless of the film you are using. I think Lomography have done a great job with the film, the colours really pop when you cross process them – dare I say I prefer it to the older Agfa Precisa stuff I used to use years ago?

I do sometimes pop an autofocus camera in my back pocket – something like a Yashica T4. What the LC-A has over an autofocus though is the speed you can focus in a dark room. If you know your scales you need not worry about the focus hitting – something always in the back of you mind when you have an older autofocus point and shoot, nor do you get that annoying focusing light thing which can sometimes spoil the moment.

I’ve used all manner of cameras at parties down the years, from SLRs to disposables, however I keep going back to point and shoot compacts. However that might be because I can’t fit anything bigger in my pocket!

Uslans Top ten tips:
- try and shoot people from above. This is your one old school straight forward tip (even if I break it all the time!).
- use a flash! When was the last time you went to a brightly lit party?
- don’t over do it. You don’t need to take 10 shots of the same thing or person (no matter how much you fancy them!) when one is enough. Also, it’s ok to miss a shot, if you are constantly snapping you’ll miss out a heck of a lot more.
- don’t just observe, participate. Your aim is to get candid shots and you’re never going to get that if you’re not actually part of the party. You don’t have to be the life and soul of the party, just realise that there is one going on!
- don’t be afraid to talk to people. They won’t bite. Well, most won’t…
- don’t be afraid to not talk to them. Sometimes just taking a picture and walking away is enough.
- get in close and use a camera with a reasonably wide lens. If you’re taking photos of someone from across the room with your telephoto lens it gives the impression that you’re either a pap or a stalker (aren’t they one and the same?).
- think about your backdrop. A nice coloured wall is always good. Remember perspective counts to so crowded room or interesting scenery counts too
- don’t force people to pose. There’s nothing worse than a forced party photo, if they want to pose on the other hand, let them.
- HAVE FUN! You’re at a party for crying out loud! You will take better picture when you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself.

written by littlemisslove on 2011-06-06 in #people #lomoamigos #lgs #london #lc-a #amigo #uslan #uk #party

11 Comments

  1. scootiepye
    scootiepye ·

    Good to see and hear from you Uslan - the old school recluse club is still active on the QT ^^

  2. adamscott
    adamscott ·

    Easily the best party lomographer in the UK

  3. uslan
    uslan ·

    If that's the case @adamscott I think I need to try my hand on the world stage - anyone fancy paying for my round trip…

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    I'm a big fan! yeaaaahhhh!!! thanks for the tips :D

  5. kwandog
    kwandog ·

    " don’t be afraid to talk to people. They won’t bite. Well, most won’t…" <--like! haha

  6. dorotanvotova
    dorotanvotova ·

    hey, tell me what films did u use for the last pack of photos - they are different then the second pack. I would say the second is lomo slide film, as it always turns yellow (or only to me?). I really like the last group of photos with its blueish feel. what did u use?

  7. uslan
    uslan ·

    @dorotanvotova there's a mixture pics from different parties in that final set. I think they're mostly Lomography Slide film, although some might be Agfa CT Precisa, can't quite remember. Sorry!

  8. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    @uslan: just join the make your prophecy competition and the trip could be on us! www.lomography.ru/magazine/competitions/2011/04/29/make-you…

  9. lyndxe
    lyndxe ·

    thanks for the tips! awesome!!

  10. lilo
    lilo ·

    The tips are awesome and made me laugh! Great article, fantastic shots!

  11. meryl
    meryl ·

    Great

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