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Astrophotography: The Easy Way!

I decided to shoot a roll of doubles with myself layering the stars of the night sky with ordinary things down on Earth!

Here’s a quick and dirty tipster with amazing results!

1. Mark your film so that you know where the film will go the next time you re-load it.

2. Look up “stars”, “nebula”, “galaxy”, etc on the internet and shoot the first layer of your computer screen at double the ISO (If your film speed is 100, change it to 200 for both layers). Turn up your screen to the brightest intensity!! Make sure to choose photos that are large so the photos will be less pixelated. If you have posters of stars, those should work too! And choose different photos to takes photos of!

3. Then rewind your film, but make sure to leave the film leader out of the canister so you can re-load it!

4. Load the same roll in and shoot photos over the first layer at a doubled ISO! I found that bright outdoor shots wiped out the stars and indoor shots at night worked best with a flash.

(You can see a light smattering of stars in the dark areas in this photo, but otherwise the day time photos were too bright!)

It’s up to you what you want to shoot, so go out there and Lomo on! :)

Find the album here!

written by natalieerachel

36 comments

  1. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Very Creative!

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  2. pomps

    pomps

    great idea!

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  3. nation_of_pomation

    nation_of_pomation

    Thanks, I'm definitely going to try something like this very soon.

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  4. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Thanks guys! :)

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  5. dearjme

    dearjme

    :))

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  6. iamdnierod

    iamdnierod

    good tip!

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  7. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Let me know if you guys try this, I'd like to see what you come up with!

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  8. poochfan

    poochfan

    Now I wish I didn't live in the city.

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  9. kerpella

    kerpella

    You can also do this with the iTunes visualiser! Put it on full screen and snap away! I haven't tried it yet but I'm planning to do so :)

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  10. foodeanz

    foodeanz

    NICE ONE!

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  11. untangleart

    untangleart

    I really like the Idea of that so after reading it I immediately tried out with my Agfa clack. and as subjects smoke pictures and a really pixelated picture and those all double exposed shots of my pets. just to try it out. I am really curious how its truing out tomorrow when I developing it

    thanks a lot for sharing natalierachel I try a lot of things.
    but I simply didn't think about the on thing I looking at so many times i a day

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  12. tattso

    tattso

    I think this is very poetic.

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  13. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    insane...

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  14. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Thanks so much for all of the feedback everyone!

    @untangleart I hope it turns out well, upload them soon! :)

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  15. feelux

    feelux

    very nice!

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  16. nylaina

    nylaina

    this is really amazing !
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  17. untangleart

    untangleart

    I still don't have figured it out how to reply but many this works @natalieerachel thank you I shall try to upload them before the end of this week. only I think it will be after I am back from thailand. but if they are worth watching than I let you know when there uploaded if you like?

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  18. flykiwii

    flykiwii

    Soo pretty!! I dont understand what you mean by
    " 1. Mark your film so that you know where the film will go the next time you re-load it." .
    I have only my holga..so I cant set an iso speed...will this work still I wonder?
    I will try...

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  19. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    @untangleart Sure, let me know :)
    @flykiwii Well marking the film is for 35nn film but with your Holga I assume you will use 120 film which already has markings. It just makes sure the photos are aligned correctly. If you use slow film like 100 ISO or 64 ISO that should work for these doubles!

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  20. flykiwii

    flykiwii

    oh okay.. well i will use 35mm in it.. but it should be slow film?
    because the fast film will overexpose it? xD thank you for answering haha.
    i think i get it now.. :D

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  21. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Well either 35mm or 120 would work, but I would advise slow film for the best results! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  22. theorangekid93

    theorangekid93

    NICE! I'm going to try this on next weekend!

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  23. fruchtzwergin

    fruchtzwergin

    great idea!
    I'm going to try this too :)

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  24. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    @theorangekid93 and @fruchtzwergin Let me know how they turn out! :)

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  25. beryljane

    beryljane

    Stunning. I just might try this as a Valentine's gift. :)
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  26. matwurst

    matwurst

    maybe try it the other way round (so the stars are in the background)

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  27. bernardocople

    bernardocople

    Thanks a lot @natalieerachel !

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  28. paytenpurdy

    paytenpurdy

    @natalieerachel Have you tried this without winding and reloading the film? This is a very helpful tipster! Thank you, you wonderful lomo lady!

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  29. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    @paytenpurdy I haven't but I'm sure that the result would be almost exactly the same! It's just a hassle to have to run back to the computer screen every time you want to take the next photo.

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  30. blackcoffeeandtantrum

    blackcoffeeandtantrum

    Hiya~! I tried this technique for my photos and they turned out quite nicely. Although I keep having troubles with centering the first layer for the reexposure even if I mark the start of the film as reference =/ Here's a link of my album http://www.lomograph(…)e-in-manila Thanks again for this useful tipster!

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  31. tsingtao

    tsingtao

    @natalieerachel I have 2 questions.. if I take the photos outside, for the second layer, is too bright? And.. when I develop my film, I must develop the film at 100 or 200 iso?

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  32. carlota_nonnumquam

    carlota_nonnumquam

    I love this, I'll definately try it!

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  33. violetz

    violetz

    What can I do if I don't have ISO settings (for example, in the Diana Mini)? It's a lovely idea and I'd love to try it! I will use a 100 ISO film

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  34. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    @violetz Hmmm it should still work, but you'd want to use lower ISO film, so yes 100 should work!

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  35. violetz

    violetz

    I'll try ;)

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  36. guinastrapazi

    guinastrapazi

    hey, just saw your album and got hooked - really great results . :)
    i'd really like to try this, but i woder why "trun the screen to brightest intensity" isn't that veeery bright then?
    and what camera did you use, or waht do you recommend, because my lc-a has automatic and aparture. i don't know what to set to get good results.
    thanks for reply :-)

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