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What to do with my sandwich paper?

At least two reasons why you should use sandwich paper, not just for sandwiches!

Sandwich paper (wax paper, parchment paper, or any other type of semi transparent paper) can also play a useful role in photography!

I recently opened the back panel of my Diana, affixed sandwich paper to the inside, threw a dark jacket over my head, opened the shutter (holding down or locking the shutter release open on the “B” setting), and discovered the world as my camera sees it. Occasionally I do it again, to compare in particular what is captured through the lens with the view through the viewfinder – this will save you many a misjudged shot and also allow you to directly compare different lenses and different focused distances with each other!

Since I already had the sandwich paper adhered to the inside of the camera, I wondered how well it would work as a frame. So I carefully tore away at the center of the square. I had thought the ripped paper would result only in a frayed border, but development revealed that the sandwich paper still let some of the light through, creating a very special semi-transparent effect around the main image!

The sandwich paper should be well adhered to the camera – In the end, my mask was ripped off and pulled into the roll during spooling. Luckily, all the pictures were already shot!

written by shoujoai and translated by duckduckninja


  1. courtneygawthorp8193


    Very cool! I might have some paper laying around... I might try this!

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  2. jojo8785


    Wow! Great Idea and cool effect - will give this a try :D

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  3. mafiosa


    What a creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. easilydistracted


    the reults are fantastic!

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  5. superlighter


    a very cool effect!

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  6. mythguy9


    I'm gonna try less opaque paper, thanks. Like the fibrous border of the mask ;-)

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  7. shutterflysimmons


    this is so cool! maybe it would work with tissue paper too?

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  8. natalieerachel


    Wow these are awesome!! :D

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  9. yolicious


    great idea!

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  10. waldofaldo


    nice! do you put the paper on the outside of the lens or on the inside? ha
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  11. mochilis


    Lovely effect! I think I'm trying this out! :)

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  12. parky


    really cool

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  13. hahajaney


    What a brilliant effect this has. Love it!

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  14. sophiesays


    I tried this and my pictures weren't half as good as yours:(
    Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime..

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  15. skrutt


    Need to try this someday! Your photos are really nice! :D

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  16. michele10


    really nice thanks, here's my album with this technique: http://www.lomograph(…)aking-paper

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