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Redscale your Instax Pictures!

No matter what camera, subject, or weather conditions, redscale film has never let me down. And because I was looking for something special to do with my very first pack of instax, I decided I would try to get that redscale atmosphere I love so much. Turns out it's very easy and works rather well!

Photo by sandravo

I’ve been thinking about buying the LC-A Instant Back ever since I first started using my LC-A+. Last week, I finally caved and ordered it. And since I knew I would be tempted to use it with my LC-Wide, I immediately ordered the LC-W instant kit with it.

As usual, the package arrived promptly and as soon as it got here, I opened all the boxes and started playing with my LC-A+, LC-Wide, and the Instant Back. I put the correcting lenses in place, looked through the viewfinders, took off the camera’s back plates and connected them to the instant back, … You get the picture! I just did everything any kid would do with a new toy: turn it inside out to make sure there’s no more candy.

The only thing I was hesitant to do was put in film… As you all know, Instax film is fairly expensive and holds only 10 pictures in a pack. I had only ordered 2 packs, so I would have to be careful in deciding when to use it and what to photograph with it. So for the last 3 days or so, this huge, chunky, instant-gratification camera has been staring at me on my desk.

And then today it hit me, I knew what I was going to do with the first pack of film… I would try to make them look like redscale! I would make actual redscale instax using a piece of empty, developed color negative. And the small snap-on correction lens on the LC-Wide would be the perfect carrier! Have a look at the photos below to find out how easy this is.

I used several bits and pieces I had left from developing film. Depending on the type of film, the negatives are darker or lighter, brownish or reddish… You could even go crazy and use a piece of a crossed film, those come in all colors: green, purple, blue, etc.

So I set out with the loaded LC-Wide + Instant Back, and a handful of negative snips. Here’s what I got. I hope you like it, cause I sure do!

Combining multiple pieces or finding a really red one gives you awesome redscale:

Using a single piece of light negative gives you the nice hues you get when using XR redscale at low ISO values:

written by sandravo


  1. bebopbebop


    great article!

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  2. muchachamala


    Sweet! Came out great ;-) Loving it!

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  3. sandravo


    Thanks guys! @muchachamala, @bebopbebop

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  4. winterschlaefer


    great idea!

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  5. sandravo


    Here's the full article on how to redscale instax :-) @kleeblatt, @mafiosa, @esther_s_ch, @vici, @saidseni, @buckshot

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  6. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin


    Another awesome Tipster by @sandravo sensei! Sadly, I only own LC-A Instant Back+.

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  7. sandravo


    @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin Sensei! Haha, not by a long shot! I hardly have 4 months experience with this whole lomography thing. About your LC-A, it could still work... That snap on correction lens also attaches to my LC-A+. If you were to take out the correction lens and just use the outer ring with the magnets, you could use the same system for your LC-A. You just need to order the instant wide kit and adjust it a little. I am actually thinking about buying a second kit, take out the lens and use the ring to slide color filters in front of my LC-W and even my LC-A.

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  8. 186juney


    So awesome!!!!!! I am so going to try it

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  9. ping-junior


    wow cool i like ^____________^

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  10. eva_eva


    Great idea!!!

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