Sixteen Times the Fun


We all know that the Lomography Supersampler is four times the fun compared to a regular plastic camera. But what if we do doubles with it, and use two masks? 4 lenses x 2 exposures x 2 masks = 16 times the fun!

For this technique, we will need the following:

  • Your Supersampler (or any camera actually)
  • A roll of your favorite film
  • 2 DIY acetate masks (1 positive and 1 negative)

Using an acetate, cut out two pieces that matches the size of the frame of your camera. With a design of your own, draw a pattern (using permanent marker) on one of the acetates. Put the other acetate over the first one, and create a negative version of the first pattern (shading the clear areas).

Attach one of the acetate masks over the frame, load the film, and shoot. In loading the film, make sure that you mark the first two frames for reference purposes.

When done, rewind the film (but not completely) and unload it from the camera. Remove the acetate mask and replace it with the other one.

Using the marked first two frames as basis, load the roll again. Be sure that the position of the first two frames matches with the marks you have initially made. Shoot at will.

If all goes well, that should produce patterned images such as below. I hope you become more creative in making the masks! Enjoy!

The SuperSampler, the queen of multilensed cameras, is now in bright blue. It takes four sequential panoramic shots on a single, action-packed 35mm photo. See all SuperSampler colours and designs in our Shop!

written by renenob on 2011-08-09 in #gear #tipster #fun #camera #abstract #masking #doubles #top-tipster-techniques #tipster #supersample


  1. mandecster
    mandecster ·

    wow!!! i'm going to try this!!

  2. bulletofmine
    bulletofmine ·

    brilliant !

  3. aroninvt
    aroninvt ·

    You, dear friend, are a certifiable genius! Awesome idea! I never in a million years would have thought of this, I want to try it out on my La Sardina!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Sweet !

  5. chethong
    chethong ·

    this is Great Idea!

  6. babybath
    babybath ·

    That is very cool

  7. lihooi
    lihooi ·

    lovely!!!! can't wait to experiment this too!!! :)

  8. jensandwich
    jensandwich ·

    Cool idea!

  9. hoseun
    hoseun ·

    wonderful! :D

  10. dashu
    dashu ·

    amazing, hm does that work with diana f+ too ^^?

  11. dashu
    dashu ·

    sry 4 spam, but where do you get acetate masks o_O?

  12. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Brilliant idea!

  13. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·


  14. lolastars
    lolastars ·

    i like this! finally my supersampler has a purpose :P

  15. natchan
    natchan ·

    Absolutely love it! Minimum effort, maximum impact!

  16. sandkorn
    sandkorn ·

    great idea!

  17. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    I'm definitely going to try this! Awesome idea, Rene, awesome!!!

  18. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    sweet! love the tipster thanks!

  19. bravebird
    bravebird ·

    fantastic idea! thanks for sharing!

  20. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Cool. I love the shadow effect around the circles. Gives it a bit of a 3D aspect.

  21. arabrab
    arabrab ·

    that is... super awesome!

  22. domo-guy
    domo-guy ·

    Cool ideas! = Cool pictures! Well done! :D

  23. 75thdeadman
    75thdeadman ·

    very neat. question: does this explicitly have to be acetate, or will something like clear overhead projector transparencies work as well?

  24. 75thdeadman
    75thdeadman ·

    very neat. question: does this explicitly have to be acetate, or will something like clear overhead projector transparencies work as well?

  25. isabelbatteria
    isabelbatteria ·

    What an utterly amazing idea! I'll do it as soon as I have the time. Thanks for sharing!!

  26. elletra
    elletra ·

    AMAZING! Great idea!!!

  27. ester
    ester ·

    wow great idea!!! gonna try for sure

  28. ester
    ester ·

    wow great idea!!! gonna try for sure

  29. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    I love it!! I´ll try it!!!!

  30. nadinadu
    nadinadu ·


  31. renenob
    renenob ·

    @dashu - this is theoretical possible in all kinds of cameras; you may use transparencies that be bought in office supply store.
    @mafiosa - Interesting though on the 3D thing, you just give me another idea!
    @75thdeadman - Being a second language speaker of English, I thought that acetate and transparencies are the same. I think I used transparencies here. Any clear plastic sheet would do.

    I am glad that all of you enjoyed the tipster. I think we can improve the masks by printing it instead of making them by hand.

    Keep on experimenting!

  32. feelux
    feelux ·

    Awesome! Will definitely try this!

  33. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    I don't see the the exposure from the second mask....isn't the second mask supposed to allow for a MX of the overall shot (excluding what appears in the circles)?

  34. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Oh wait, I'm sorry, completely disregard my comment, I was thinking of a different senario, if you shot the roll first without any masks.

  35. usha_berg
    usha_berg ·

    Awesome idea!

  36. pretletterp
    pretletterp ·

    I love how the pictures get an abstract depth to them, ridiculously beautiful :D

  37. veato
    veato ·

    Such a good idea. I'm so going to do this!

  38. kah
    kah ·

    that's the shit!!!!!

  39. teofilomorim
    teofilomorim ·


  40. brittany
    brittany ·

    cooool!!! i'm gonna try this! :)

  41. thepope182
    thepope182 ·


  42. panzergirl
    panzergirl ·

    Amazing! I'm going to try it with my LC Wide!

  43. jennieandthebets
    jennieandthebets ·

    Definitely want to try this! Question: What does it mean to "mark the first two frames"? How do you do that?

  44. renenob
    renenob ·

    @jennieandthebets - Load your film to your camera, advance it and shoot. Open you camera and and trace the frame. Close the camera, advance and shoot. Open it again and trace the frame. You have now marked the first two frame. When you load the film again for the doubles, those two frames will be you reference. in the way, all frames from the first and second exposure will be aligned with each other.

  45. cyrillaka
    cyrillaka ·

    Sweet ! Nice idea...

  46. dashu
    dashu ·


    ah oke, thx. cant wait to try it by myself :)

  47. dashu
    dashu ·

    hmm tried with diana f+ and 120 film.. doestn work if you rewind it^^"

  48. renenob
    renenob ·

    @dashu - what do you mean? can we see the results?

  49. tukumoura
    tukumoura ·

    This is the best thing about lomography: The possibilities are endless... thank you for share this, I'll try this very soon.

  50. feelux
    feelux ·

    Tried something similar to this:…

    And also:…
    Although I didn't do doubles on this one, just a mask.

  51. paytenpurdy
    paytenpurdy ·

    super creative

  52. renenob
    renenob ·

    An album using the same technique:…

  53. walasiteodito
    walasiteodito ·

    COOOOOL! i'll try something like this!

  54. du3ky
    du3ky ·

    WOAAH! my eyes!

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