I’ve been a Lomographer for over a year before I purchased my Horizon Perfekt. And during that time I had a chance to develop my skills with all the various Lomo cameras but I always kept my eye on the Perfekt. I visited the microsite regularly and noticed that so many of the Lomographers that I looked up to owned their very own Horizon. So on the day my Perfekt arrived, it felt like a right of passage!
As I held the Perfekt for the very first time, I remembered all the great photographers before me who used the Horizont, the Horizon 202, the Horizon Kompakt and the Horizon Perfekt. This hefty machine cares nothing about what’s “in” at the moment, like light weight or most battery life. Instead, it’s focused on all the good ole favorites like great engineering, no batteries, and adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. All these settings can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but I personally keep in mind a tip that Cosmonaut submitted for the Seagull: The Accurate Exposure Rule. Set the shutter speed equal to your film speed and then set the aperture according to how much light is available: f/16 – sunny, f/11 – slightly overcast (shadows distinct with soft edges), f/8 – overcast (shadows not distinct but still visible), f/5.6 – heavily overcast (no shadows visible). You’ll get Perfekt shots every time! Once you get comfortable, you’ll experiment will all the settings and you won’t think about the rules.
I also like loading 200 or 400 speed film because these work great indoors and out so you’re ready to capture anything. You should also try changing the filters it comes with. I normally keep the UV filter on to basically protect the lens but I’ll switch it to the Yellow/Green filter every once and a while for kicks and bright color.
With the Perfekt, you have an endless amount of film and setting combinations to choose from. I think the most important thing is that you just get out there and shoot! Carry on the Horizon Perfekt Legacy!
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
Before the end of 2014, my girlfriend took the plunge of purchasing a rangefinder camera from eBay as a late Christmas gift for me. Let me present to you: the Fed 5. The Fed 5 has been known as a copy of the Leica M3 rangefinder camera. It is inexpensive compared to Leica models. So what are my experiences of using the Fed 5? Read on to find out more.
What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!
It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.
Some lomographers prefer to hoard as many analog cameras their shelves and budgets can support. Some would rather keep a manageable number that they can regularly shoot with. Community member Joshua Kennedy belongs to the latter group. From 40 cameras, he downsized his collection to 13, as he puts it, "really good ones" that suit his shooting habits and style. In this interview, he breaks down his small yet dependable arsenal of vintage and handmade cameras and how an organized schedule allows him to shoot with each one on a regular basis.
It's late October in Copenhagen and summer was well and truly behind us. With the nights drawing in, the chances of going out with one of my cameras was slim. All was not lost at this time of year, however, as it allowed me time to focus on my own personal music projects—I am a professional composer/musician and audio engineer at my own studio by day.
Perhaps you’ve already had chance to try light painting, multiple exposures and long exposures with your Lomo’Instant, but what can you experiment with next? Well, that’s exactly the thought I had which led to giving this Tipster a go. I wanted to shoot Lomo’Instant photos which felt a bit “messier” than what I’m usually used to and to use a technique which would open up new possibilities with the kinds of images I could create with my favorite instant camera. Well, here I go!
Some time ago, my parents-in-law gave me an old Polaroid camera that they used during my wife's childhood. After some investigation, I found out that Polaroid had stopped making instant film. But the factory in Enschedé, the Netherlands had been taken over by The Impossible Project, so I bought a package of fresh film and gave it a try!
Where do I begin talking about film cameras on the Lomography Magazine? Yes, you guessed right. I will begin with a LOMO, of course, a very special one: the Lubitel 166 Universal (Lubitel 166U). It’s a camera that has almost everything you might need from a camera. Plus, it’s a LOMO!
Do you know the best way to keep a Lomographer happy this holiday season? Load them up with tons of wonderful analogue films for their cameras! With today's awesome Advent deal, you can do it with a 10% discount as well. So head on over to our Online Shop and start the holidays off right.
My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.