I got my first box of redscale film this summer. It is so fresh, different, and fun to play with! You should try it! How? I will show you some examples and how!:) Also, here are some tips on how to shoot with a point-and-shoot analog camera and a Single Lens Reflex Camera!
My friend Angela, got me and our other friend, Pat a box of Redscale films from the Toronto Lomography Shop a while ago. I was treasuring the box and did not use them for while and she kept asking me, “Did you use it?!” and I said, “Not yet! I am saving it for later!” Well, the time has come, it was summer, and time to have some fun! So I opened it, and loaded it in my lovely analog camera, the Olympus XA-1!
Let’s go roomie!:)
I was quite nervous how it would turn out, since it was my first time to use it. I saw some examples how people got results, and they all looked pretty. So if you need to refer to one of the rules of Lomography, here it is:
“Don’t Think, Just Shoot’”
Fine! I did! Haha, luckily I was shooting with my point and shoot film camera, so I did not have to care much about settings and all that. It was careless, but curious photo shooting moments with the redscale.
I guess, it is better to shoot (well, I would say for any kinds of films) with enough light, whenever you are using a point and shoot camera, so you get enough exposure to create the images that you want. It would be different if you shoot with a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, I can do a quick comparison here for you.
With this point and shoot analog film camera, you get a great taste of it, especially with the daylight, you can shoot without worrying about getting enough lighting. You can snap away what you want to capture. However, if you shoot it under low light conditions, you might get unique under exposure shots, like this.
There are always pros and cons, right? Let’s see some other examples through an SLR camera with redscale.
You can control the light situation better with SLR cameras which are equipped with an aperture and shutter speed controls. Even though it is dark in the tunnel, just hold the camera well, and use the slower shutter speed, that might help you get enough lighting there.
Depending on how you like to capture images, snap scenes, you can snap away with a point and shoot, when traveling and capture specific scenes, your SLR might be helpful to capture some subjects under certain circumstances.
But, again, how should we shoot redscale better? I would say, just shoot! Basically, what you see is what you get, BUT, redscale results are totally different in feel compared to regular color or black and white films.
Something I noticed is when you process redscale, the images are mirrored.
As you can see, the writings are backward, I guess we advance the film upside down, so when people develop it, the result is also upside down…ha!
Hmm, so, when you take your self portrait by the mirror, you can actually get a true mirror image! Try that out!
I was using redscale, a half frame camera, and multiple exposure goodness!
Create images you’ve never expected. Multiple exposure is a good way to do that, but simply redscale rocks!
Hope I inspired you to shoot some redscale! You want to see more results? Find out more on the Lomography page!