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How to Centre Your Subjects

The 35mm Back for Diana+ is an accessory I love, but at the beginning I had some hard times trying to centre my subjects in the picture I was taking.

The eagerness to try my Diana+ with its new outfit made me strart shooting immediately, and I only noticed later, looking at the results, that I had done mass (head) murder.

All this happened because I forgot that when shooting with the "Diana+ 35mm Back:http://shop.lomography.com/diana-35mm-back, the frame is rectangular, unlike the square 120 frame, so I started shooting trying to centre my subject as much as possible, in order to be sure not to behead anyone. But this trick worked for the first 6/7 shots only, then I completely forgot I had loaded a 35mm roll and got back to collecting scalps.

So I came out with a simple method to always centre my pictures, I took two gummed paper strips and glued them on the two sides of the viewfinder, just like this:

Photo by goonies

And now my pictures finally got their head together!

So if you have just bought the Diana+ 35mm back and don’t feel like decapitating your friends and relatives’ heads, just remember it only takes a couple of tape strips… it doesn’t really take much!

You can finally use 35mm film with your Diana F+ camera with the "Diana+ 35mm Back:http://shop.lomography.com/diana-35mm-back! This unique accessory allows you to shoot ALL types of 35mm film, and you can have four different image formats, including panoramas and sprockets! Get your own Diana+ 35mm Back now.

written by goonies and translated by sidsel


  1. zoezo


    It might also work better by using a wide angle lens

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  2. kakikamera


    is it work using wide angle lens?

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  3. zoezo


    well the Super Wide-Angle lens is much more useful when you're using the 35mm back and makes it easier to frame your subjects properly.

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  4. ibkc


    Yup, I always use the 38mm lens with the 35mm back, it's much easier to center. The 20mm fisheye is even better but that warped look isn't always appropriate for everything. ;)

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  5. _wasabi_


    Wow, that's a really good idea! Very easy. :)

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  6. domo-guy


    I use my fisheye when using the back :)

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  7. luthien


    I mostly use my 38mm lens too. It works the best with the 35mm back. The telephoto will work okay too, but only for things far away, because, well, if your too close you get an unintentional close-up photo.

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