The curiosity in the Lomographic Community will never end as long as we have amazing Lomographs and a creative mind to feed! We just love asking and learning when it comes to analogue photography, eh?
That’s why we are here for another Ask Your Guru series where Newcomers ask our favorite LomoGuru’s of their most juicy analogue questions ever! For this time we bring two analogue souls from Europe into one interesting feature.
Hailing from Berlin, Germany, ck_berlin or Christian Kretke outside the Lomographic Community has been a LomoHome owner since 2006. His first Lomographic camera was most people’s favorite, the LC-A+. His Lomographic discovery was by chance (just like most of us!) but his love for it wasn’t. He is currently working at the IT department of the University of Berlin while he also juggles studies and a family with two kids.
Also chancing upon an analogue camera, pixiecloud or Liên Romeyns who comes from Belgium, landed into the Lomography Community after doing some research. She was invited by our Community’s lovely photos that’s why she decided to join in!
Liên is currently a Geography student who loves to travel and spend time with her friends as evident in her current analogue photos.
Now that we’re done with introductions, let us see how the question and answer between these two went!
Liên Romeyns (LR): What exactly is so special about Tungsten film?
Christian Kretke (CK): Tungsten films were developed to produce natural skin colour when photographed in neon light. Films don’t carry out an automatic white balance as it happens when taking photos with a digital camera. Using Tungsten films in normal light, even in natural sunlight, then an interesting colour shift is the result. If this product is being crossed afterwards, another effect is being created. To sum it up: using a Tungsten film in a way it hasn’t been created or meant for, the outcome always is quite magnificent.
LR: What’s the difference between Polaroid and other instant (Lomo) cameras?
CK: The first difference, of course, is the size of the positive and even the negative. This is when Polaroid Type 100 films and cameras are being used though. The Polaroids are bigger compared to the Instax photos. This affects the resolution. Generally speaking, the definition of a Polaroid is somewhat higher. This of course also depends on the camera which is being used. Naturally.
LR: I’m intrigued by double exposures but sometimes they seem to come out like a single exposure… Do you have some practical hints on how to get the best results?
CK: I’m afraid, for the subject of double exposures I am not the expert to consult. I simply cannot warm to it and therefore don’t really know enough about it if it comes to the technical issues related to this. I only know that one either has to change the ISO adjustment (e.g. when using a ISO 100 film to ISO 200) or one has to regulate the diaphragm like switching from cloudy to sunny. This way one avoids over-exposure. In addition, it’s important to exactly determine the right balance between light and dark ranges.
LR: A friend once described the Smena 8M camera to me as the reflex camera of Lomography… But what is the difference between a Smena 8M and a LC-A camera?
CK: Not only the Smena is a reflex camera, but also the LC-A is a point and shoot camera. The most significant difference is that the Smena does not feature a shutter priority. You have to measure time and diaphragm or take a good guess and adjust everything accordingly. Then add the distance – and done! Another difference, the LC-A does not – unlike the Smena – produce the beautiful romantic vignetting effects in the corner of a picture. The LC-A camera seems to be of slightly higher quality judged by its bigger weight. This comprehension might be a personal opinion though and linked to ones attitude.
LR: What camera would you recommend me to buy next considering I already have my Pentax Asahi sp1000 and Diana F+?
CK: In this case you should opt for buying a little camera you can always carry with you, which fits in every purse and can be put to use easily. The LC-A and LC-Wide are perfect for that. If you want or have to spend less money though, then invest it in purchasing a Smena camera. It really produces nice photos and they are no less iconic and prone to rank as cult.
Well that was sure an interesting and educational Q and A! LomoGuru’s definitely know how to share their techniques to the ever exciting and mysterious analogue photography! Thanks to these two and until the next Ask Your Guru!
Are you a curious Newcomer? Or maybe a LomoGuru who would like to share tips and tricks to our noobs? Then this is your time to be featured! Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Catch ya!