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!
In December, two new cameras came into my possession: from the bag of Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa Claus, came a classic Minolta SRT100 with two lenses and a flash, and I also picked up the Horizon Perfekt that I had won in the "Eliza was here" rumble. By now the first rolls have been shot and developed!
It's probably normal for a lot of people to travel on their own once in a while, but for me, it was a huge undertaking that kind of required me to prepare myself. So, when I finally took the plunge, it felt like I was doing something wild -- at least, travel-wise!
This is a tutorial for the adventurous Lomographers, for those brave enough to do their own B&W and C-41 work but lacking the confidence to move onto E6. Fear no more! I am an enthusiastic home developer, just like the rest of you, I am not a chemical lab wizard! So if I can pull this off, so can the rest of you. Take a deep breath, relax, and read on. By the end of this article I hope you'll have mustered the courage to give it a go yourselves!
Shake well and apply to fabric. Blot out excess using a paper towel. Create your design using Inkofilm or anything that casts a shadow. Expose to sunlight or bright UV light for 10-20 minutes or until color reaches full saturation. Machine wash using Inkowash to remove unexposed dye. Double your exposure time in overcast weather. Enjoy the "wow" result!
Every year my city Como hosts, for the Easter period, a great fun fair. This is a great occasion to test a camera, to make experiments with films, to have fun and to photograph people while also having fun! This year, I used my gem, the wonderful Horizon Perfekt (that I bought from the Lomography Online Shop) loaded with a timeless film, a Kodak Tri-X 400 developed, as usually for b/w, by myself. Read more after the jump!
Inspiration comes to us in different ways, in various forms, sometimes in unexpected ways. I've always been interested in the workspaces, processes, and things that inspire artists around the world, so I really enjoyed watching the short documentary detailing the creative world of a Venetian artist called Zaira.
A couple of weeks ago, my family and I celebrated Hari Raya after a month of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Since the first day I laid my hands on the Lubitel 166+, I've always had the thought of taking portraits of my family. So this year, I finally took them. Here they are: Hari Raya Portraits!
Exactly seven years ago, I bought this camera from Indonesia's local Lomography community. I remember having some savings in my bank account and just spending it all on this camera. At that time, I browsed the microsite for the Lomography Fisheye No.2 and immediately fell in love with it! Coincidentally, my friend who introduced me to Lomography just bought this same camera for his birthday. My life has changed ever since I had the Fisheye, my first lomographic camera.
My brother purchased the new Petzal lens by Lomography and Zenit through the Kickstarter campaign. Last spring, I was able to borrow it for a few weeks. Read on to find out my first impressions of this portrait lens!
In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.
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.
This article is dedicated to arguably one of the most famous street photographers in the world, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). On this occasion, I felt obliged to write a tribute to this great artist whom I consider the "Mozart of Photography." His photos are inimitable, and to try to reproduce his innate sense of composition, harmony, and choice of the right moment is but an illusion. So I chose an unusual way to pay tribute, the only way possible for me. Take a look!