Personally I am a huge fan of redscaling. It allows you to get some color in your photos, even on the grayest of days. But what if you just want to add the redscale effect to just some of your photos rather than shooting an entire roll this way? Easy enough: use a red filter! And while you're at it, why not throw in some other colors as well?! Read on to find out how you can turn your LC-A+ in to a rainbow camera!
Some time ago I showed you an easy way to make close ups with your LC-A+ using a splitzer and close up filters. Making small adjustments to the modified splitzer opened a whole new, very colorful world for me!
The splitzer is the perfect device to fix things in front of your LC-A+ lens. Simply take out the plastic discs and glue an empty 37mm filter ring (empty as in take out whatever glass it is holding) in its place. Voila, you have an instant 37mm thread without hurting on permanently scarring your camera! You can find more details here. Last time I used this setup to make close ups, this time I used it to get some color in my photos.
Finding small color filters wasn’t very easy. On top of that I plan on using these same filters on all my other cameras as well, even the SLRs with bigger lenses. So I settled on 62mm filter size and used a 37-62mm step up ring (all of this can be bought cheap from Ebay). Screw everything together
and start shooting!
The photo above isn’t a really interesting one, not much going on and no popping colors. To show you exactly what can happen when you throw a color filter in the mix, I put my LC-A+ on a tripod and made the exact same shot over and over and … only each time with a different color filter attached.
As you can see, using a color filter drastically changes the atmosphere of the photo.
Adding a star filter can change a boring picture into a great one! You can combine color and star filter, or anything else you can get your hands on, as long as they are the same size.
Using a red or orange filter gives you an instant redscale effect, without flipping your film!
You may have noticed that the large color filters almost entirely blocks the viewfinder. You are correct, it becomes really hard to see what you are photographing through the viewfinder. But that’s alright, it will help you put lomography’s rules into practice:
Rule #4: Try to shoot from the hip.
Rule #8: You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.