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Initiation to Film Destroying

In this Tipster, I'm going to show you how to destroy your film. A lot of people want to do it but few actually try it. For people like me who doesn't have access to the famous X-pro Film, I think it is the best thing to do. It is the best way to have colorful pictures, and all the products you need are in your kitchen.

As I said earlier, Film destroying is the best thing to do to reproduce the effects of the X-pro, but actually, I think it’s way more fun to try this technique because you really can’t know how it’s going to turn out!

Thing you need:

  • Your unexposed film
  • Your destroyers (basically all liquid you can find that you know is going to “hurt” the film)
  • A big cup you can seal
  • 1 hour

First , choose your destroyers, I usually use vinegar, wine, liquor, and then you have to choose your spices, this is the component that is really going to add color to your pictures. I recommend curry powder, paprika, but these are only examples. You are of course free to use what you want.

Then put all of your ingredient in a cup with the film in it, close your cup and wait for 1 hour (or more…). Every 15 minutes, give your mixture a quick shake.

After 1 hour, put your film to dry directly outside with the sun or you can use your microwave, but be careful with the microwave because your film might catch fire (which can be really interesting as it might make light leaks)

Example of light leak:

Here are my results, for these photos I used white, vinegar, salt, curcuma, pepper, Orange liquor.

I also recommend you to shoot a picture totally in the dark to see the stains you made on your film (see picture 4).

written by lomographer-88


  1. pasadena85


    @lomographer-88: do you use the exposed film or unexposed ?

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  2. lomographer-88


    I personally use unexposed film @pasadena85

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