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Red-Scale When We Please

Here is how to turn an ordinary film into a wonderful red-scale.

How many times, just as you were to take a shot at mounting a standard film, have you said, “Hell, this photo would be great if I had mounted a red-scale!”

Well, I’ve been in this situation several times, so I devised this method to make decent pictures with the red tones, just like the ones we like.

Just take an orange colored gel (those used on flash) and place it on the lens of your camera…
I recommend that the gel should be extremely clear. It’s only in this way that you can guarantee excellent results for your shots.

Here are some photos taked with my Diana F+, in combination with the orange flash gel:

And here are some pictures that document and explain this technique:

I thank my friend, Simona, for graciously granting me the use of her photos.

written by bonzone and translated by bonzone


  1. the_detourist


    color gels can be a great creative choice, but why call it something it isnt? this is not red-scale at all, and looks quite different. honor it as its own technique.

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  2. bonzone


    I called this article in this way, because I considered the result very similar at the red-scale films effect... But you can give at this thechnique all the names that you want :) just try it if you liked...
    Good Lomo-Shot!

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  3. the_detourist


    i understand...similar, yet different...happy shooting... :)

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  4. h3mm1ng1976


    no place to be a Pedant . nice idea . you can also use sun glasses x

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  5. cbakesalot


    what did you use as the orange gel?
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  6. bonzone


    I used a normal coloured gel that is commonly used on flashes

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