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Tipster: How to Take Symmetrical Images with Exposing Both Sides of the Film (EBS)

Today I will be introducing the technique so called EBS, exposing both sides of the film, one of the most unique techniques within Lomographic photos. Is it hard to do it? Maybe! But once you get good luck and concentration, you might get amazing results!

Photo by hodachrome

How to load the film with certain manner
Set the film for the first exposure. (Let’s pretend we are going to use an LC-A) Make sure the film winder is winded fully, so you know it is winded. (We want to make sure it’s the same setting for the second time, too) Pull the film end to the spool. You mark the sprocket by the gear rolling up the film. By doing this, you can set almost the same for the second time.

Make sure that film is nicely stretched, or would we say tensioned. Use the rewind crank to make it straight.
Take a photo of how it sets by other digital camera (even cellphone camera), so you can have the image to match for the second time. Close it, press the shutter, and wind. If you feel that the film is not quite winding, then reset the film again.

How to load the film

Okay! Let’s go out and shoot! Choose the day with clear weather, set the ISO as 400 or 200, shoot the regular side of negative film. (I use 800, but I like to make a bit over-exposed since my LC-A+ get a bit under-exposed when I set it as 800 when I use 800) Subject should be something quite high contrast, and clear background. If you can include blue sky in the background, it looks even better! Use the Splitzer to cover the bottom half. You may want to shoot couple of same shots, so that you can get the best result out of it.

Once you are done shooting a roll, go to darkroom to flip the film. (Refer another tipster to see how to make a redscale film) Make sure to keep the film order! Be careful!

Once you flip the negative, it gets two stops darker, so it becomes ISO 200 redscale film from ISO 800 film. (If you shoot 400, will be 100 redscale film. If you shoot 200, becomes 50, if you shoot 100, became 25…accordingly)

Set it as the first time, make sure just like the first time! If you miss it, the result will not be symmetrical images! Please refer to the setting from the first time through the digital photo you took before shooting the first time!

Let’s start shooting with redscale!
Pick the cloudy day. (Redscale film gets better result and contrast with cloudy day)
Set the ISO as 200.
Just like the first time, make sure to cover the bottom end by Splitzer again!
You are going to take a shot exactly the same order, place, and angle, yes, EXACTLY the same. How can we remember those info? I can’t! I always jot down all the information when I shoot the first time. Order, location, composition and all the details I can write, I even take photos of it by cellphone, too.

Do we hold camera upside down? Nope, you already switched the side when you flipped the film from regular color negative side to redscale side in darkroom. So, you can hold it normal. (Except if you were shooting vertical)

If you are done, bring it to the photo lab. It is a regular color negative, so you can simply develop with C-41. No need to ask for any special instructions. Since we expose both sides, there might be some gap of different length between each shot. If you are scanning it, you need to be aware of it.

Did you get what you like? I hope you see the red and blue symmetric world:)
It’s a bit challenging, but it is great when you see a good result!
Try it out!;)
Enjoy your EBS life!

written by hodachrome and translated by whynotwinnipeg

62 comments

  1. blueskyandhardrock

    blueskyandhardrock

    great tipster. thank you!

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  2. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    thanks! :D

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  3. guitarleo

    guitarleo

    this is awesome.

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  4. stouf

    stouf

    Truly amazing!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  5. icuresick

    icuresick

    great tipster @hodachrome

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  6. pinkpix

    pinkpix

    This is really amazing!

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  7. stratski

    stratski

    You are a photography god.

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  8. mochilis

    mochilis

    WOW, amazing tipster, wonderfully explained!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  9. superlighter

    superlighter

    I wanna try it!

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  10. trevorlau1

    OMG! This is Fantastic! Thanks for Sharing!!
    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  11. kekskonstrukt

    kekskonstrukt

    wow, this is sooo cool!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  12. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Amazing!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  13. lostlittlekid

    lostlittlekid

    Wow!

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  14. djramsay

    djramsay

    very cool

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  15. asharnanae

    asharnanae

    So cool, thankyou for sharing!

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  16. istionojr

    istionojr

    love all of your ideas in this tipster Hoda, fantastic!

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  17. juansupergen

    juansupergen

    Awesome

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  18. bsdunek

    bsdunek

    Very clever!

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  19. hodachrome

    hodachrome

    Thanks for reading and the comments!
    And thanks very much @whynotwinnipeg for translating!!

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  20. twinklecat

    twinklecat

    Brilliant as usual, you guys! I just bought a Splitzer for the LC-A+, I can't wait to try this!

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  21. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    This is fantastic. Really one of the most interesting techniques I've ever seen.

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  22. moodyvamp

    moodyvamp

    wah... amazing... interesting...

    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  23. pam-stach

    pam-stach

    I am so going to try it!

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  24. lupideeloop

    lupideeloop

    You need to have a great concentration to remember exactly the position in each scene (you really do it). Or maybe a help from a pocket digital cam.
    I love your pics. You've mastered your art pretty fine good!!!

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  25. badjuju

    badjuju

    Thank you!

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  26. paurizio

    paurizio

    this is the most impressive tipster I've ever read, thanks for sharing it!

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  27. paurizio

    paurizio

    @hodachrome I just don't get a thing: after the film is reversed as you did in your tutorial, doesn't the order of the shoots revert itself? I mean, the lead of the film goes to the bottom. So the redscale shooting shouldn't be with an inverted order?
    I guess I made it more difficult than it is, damn! :D

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  28. kmm

    kmm

    Awesome! I´ve gotta try this out :)
    over 1 year ago · report as spam
  29. clickiemcpete

    clickiemcpete

    I think you are the Official National Living Treasure of Lomographers! Amazing stuff as usual. :)

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  30. olutek

    olutek

    Great tipster, I'll try it :3

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  31. mojo_lomo

    mojo_lomo

    Brilliant idea! you are genius!

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  32. sprofishgel

    sprofishgel

    Cool ! But the reverse or flip, as you called it, isn´t made as usual as I do the redscale. You have to take all the film out in the dark room and cut the end of it. And it´s the end that you glue in another capsule. Then you rewind it again. It´s the only way to have acess to the marks made in the beginning of the first layer, I think ! Awesome post man ;)

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  33. raylemon

    raylemon

    amazing, thanks for the hardwork put into this tipster!

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  34. deepfried_goodness

    deepfried_goodness

    One of the best tipster articles I've read in a while. I'll have to try this.

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  35. whynotwinnipeg

    whynotwinnipeg

    Glad people enjoyed the translation, and congrats to @hodachrome:)

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  36. djcosta

    djcosta

    amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. pangmark

    pangmark

    Great! .. and awesome photos

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  38. hodachrome

    hodachrome

    @paurizio
    The order of shots doesn't revert, by means of my method of making redscale.
    It's just the way as Sprofishgel explained here. We need the darkroom or darkbox to do it.
    Maybe I should write another article about my way of making redscale film :)
    The link in this article "how to make a redscale film" is not my article so I have to admit that I haven't paid much attention to the concern of the "order". I 'll modify or add a postscript to this after I submit new article.
    @sprofishgel, I appreciate your supplementary explanation!

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  39. paurizio

    paurizio

    well, the way @sprofishgel suggests surely works. Otherwise, following @hodachrome suggestion to make redscale I guess changing the roll twice might be the solution (just paying attention the lead of the film return in the original roll but in the opposite side it was at the very beginning)

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  40. brandonwong

    brandonwong

    this is a wonderful technique!! thanks for sharing!!

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  41. lukaaus

    lukaaus

    Wow! So beautiful. Crazy cool technique. I wanna try this.

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  42. anamachado

    anamachado

    @hodachrome: THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    Already loved all your work, but explaining it to us is incredible nice of you!
    And I really wanted to know this!
    So, again, thanks so much for being you! :)

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  43. niasarinastiti

    niasarinastiti

    this is awesome

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  44. ridhostarr

    ridhostarr

    THIS IS BEYOND CREATIVITY OF A ANALOG USER! Proud to be an analog user! Great job by @hodachrome

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  45. buckshot

    buckshot

    Thanks so much for sharing this very helpful article, @hodachrome. I got moderately successful results with your fantastic technique here: http://goo.gl/g1W20

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  46. korppi

    korppi

    Great!! :)

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  47. fredericdith

    fredericdith

    great job ! i translated it so the french community can enjoy it too :)

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  48. eusonfeliz

    eusonfeliz

    wow thats hard

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  49. shutterlust

    shutterlust

    great tipster! sounds pretty hard, but I think I have to try this :)

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  50. palepony

    palepony

    this is tooooo gooood :)

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  51. lomographer-88

    lomographer-88

    I've been looking for this since a long time. Thanks your my saver :)

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  52. catarinasalgado

    catarinasalgado

    dying to try it!

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  53. hmarines

    hmarines

    @fredericdith Merci beaucoup! ;)
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  54. crincle

    crincle

    That is so amazing, must be hard to get such wonderful results!

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  55. sonjay

    sonjay

    This is wonderful, can't wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing!
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  56. ihave2pillows

    ihave2pillows

    Awestruck ... !!!

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  57. robertofiuza

    robertofiuza

    One of the most interesting techniques I have ever seen and love the care with which this tipster was made. I've tried this and got some prety nice results :)

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  58. aguillem

    aguillem

    This way of making redscale could suit well too.
    http://www.lomograph(…)been-easier
    Especially because you can do it on the go, without a dark room. So no need to come back home before to shot the redscale side!
    In the comments @martadublin said that it worked with a LC-A+, but @clickiemcpete said that it doesn't with the LC-W...

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  59. tempospeed

    After you redscale the film, how do you load it with the leader being upside-down?
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  60. antiox

    antiox

    @hodachrome AWESOME TIPSTER!!! Will definitely try this myself! :D

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  61. freepeanuts

    freepeanuts

    GENIUS!!!

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  62. mimifleuri

    mimifleuri

    Thanks for sharing your amazing technique!

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