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Heart Shaped Film Mask

Looking to put a little Love into your photos? Cutting a custom heart-shaped mask for your camera will frame everything you adore nicely. A simple mod that works on almost any film camera.

Want to add some heart to your photos or show a little love to your favorite things by framing them on film? Add a heart shaped film mask.

Photo by kellysamuelson

This is an easy tip you can use on almost any camera.

You will need:

  • Opaque paper (look for glossy cardstock, like the adds you get in the mail)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (black electrical tape works great)

Step 1
Measure the current film mask you have. You’ll want to cut your piece of cardstock so it will fit into which ever camera you are using. Cut the cardstock leaving a little extra room – you can trim it down later if needed.

Step 2
Cut the heart shape out of your cardstock. Be sure to leave room at the edges.

Step 3
Tape your new film mask in place. If you are using a Holga or Diana+ with interchanging masks, you can tape your new heart shaped mask onto the existing mask before inserting it.

TIP: Tape your film mask in UPSIDE-DOWN. The picture is inverted by your lens. You want the heart facing the right direction in photos, so put it upside down in your camera. Shoot and develop as usual. Then show off what you love!

written by kellysamuelson

22 comments

  1. ohpleasedontgo

    ohpleasedontgo

    I tried the same last weekend with my Sardina and also added a red transperent paper, so the picture was coloured red. Unfortunately I forget to turn the heart upside down, so my pictures are upside down now :D

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  2. ohpleasedontgo

    ohpleasedontgo

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  3. skrutt

    skrutt

    Had this idea already in mind, but thanks for adding the note about putting it upside down :)

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  4. sarca

    sarca

    Great idea. I will definitely try it with Diana Mini.

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  5. kellysamuelson

    kellysamuelson

    The first time I did this, I also forgot to put the mask in upside down and had some strange photos. Glad my tip could help!
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  6. thethingamajig

    thethingamajig

    oh wow! I'll try to do this with my la sardina too!

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  7. cutebun

    cutebun

    Cool tip!

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  8. kaimcn

    I hadn't thought to try this, but now I need to try all the shapes!

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  9. pretty_in_mad

    pretty_in_mad

    cute!!! I've made the same tipster ^___^ http://www.lomograph(…)formato-120

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  10. chestnutchick

    chestnutchick

    I'm definitely going to be giving this a go soon. Thanks for the tip xx
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  11. chestnutchick

    chestnutchick

    I'm definitely going to be giving this a go soon. Thanks for the tip xx
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  12. li4mc

    li4mc

    I'd love to try this with my LC-Wide :D
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  13. pinkpix

    pinkpix

    @ohpleasedontgo That's even cuter! Love the idea of a heart mask :)

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  14. sherina

    sherina

    great idea, will definitely try this on my diana f+. Cant wait....will try other shapes too :)
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  15. andreluis

    andreluis

    Muito legal essa dica, valeu. Vou tentar com minha Holga, mas vou fazer com um papel transparente...
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  16. jkz_jkz

    jkz_jkz

    Great mask, love that shape) I did something like that, but doubles with beautiful textures:
    http://www.lomograph(…)xperimental

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  17. djramsay

    djramsay

    love it

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  18. peeciella

    peeciella

    Going to do it !

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  19. wilarbadson

    wilarbadson

    Thanks for the great tips! :)
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  20. adash

    adash

    A lot of Lomo Love I see!

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  21. litumai

    litumai

    will def try it out!

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  22. litumai

    litumai

    here are the results! :)
    http://www.lomograph(…)ed-fuji-100

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