Most people don’t have access to very high ISO films. So what do you do when you’re out in the night with only 400 ISO film with your friends and want to take pictures?
I hate using the flash. On camera flash kills the pictures, kills the mood. And carrying around an off camera flash with a diffusion umbrella or a softbox, flash tripod, radio triggers is not the best of the idea (unless you own a mule which can carry your stuff outside).
So what do you do? Well here are some tips!
Underexpose by -1 stop : Film has great latitude, so one stop underexposure will not really have any major issues. Use a good scanner and you can take out great details from the negative.
Use More Black and White Films : The latitude of BW films is more than color films. So in case you got less light, you’ll be able to recover details from the negative.
Fast Lenses : The best thing about film cameras is that you can get your hands on a really fast lens for a really cheap cost. So get a fast prime lens, open it up and shoot!
Learn to Push Films : If your lab can handle it, then you can always push films. A pro grade film like Kodak Trix can be pushed by one stop or even two stops. For example, shooting 400 ISO TriX can be shot as 800 ISO or even as 1600 ISO and then developed at a higher ISO to produce results.
Put Emphasis on Highlights When Focusing: focusing in low light can be troublesome. So focus on the skin highlights since this will help you focus easily.
Light Painting is a cool technique that we love to do when we're in the mood for experimenting with photos. It's super easy and fun, and it only requires a dark room, a friend or two to collaborate with, a camera with long exposure mode and a light painting tool to get started. Check out 50 of the most vibrant light painting photos taken by your fellow Lomographers after the cut!
One of the things I like the most about the Minitar-1 Art lens is how sharp the focus can be when you shoot with a small aperture. So if you are one of those that like to shoot at night, get a tripod, add this to a late dark winter afternoon, and you will end up with a bunch of beautiful long exposures. This is what I did on my last trip to Europe.
Toby Mason (aka fotobes) is a Brighton-based photographer who embraces the aesthetics of film photography. He mostly shoots with the LC-A+ using a range of slide films, cross processing them to create rich, highly saturated colours. His work has been featured on the BBC website and Hungry Eye Magazine. Join us for the opening night on Thursday, September 17 from 6 p.m.
In partnership with Leuchtturm1917, we were on the hunt for the most colorful pictures in your LomoHomes. You accepted our challenge and submitted more than one thousand brightly colored photos! The time has come to choose the winners.
What do you do when you don't have much time in a city like New York but you want to see everything, feel the vibe and be part of the community, even for a short time? Jump on a bike and enjoy what trains, buses and cabs can never give you: be part of the city. Take a camera with you to capture the moments and sights you don't want to forget. I did this with my LC-A 120 and LomoChrome Purple film.
LomoAmigo and Photographer C.S Muncy got married a few weeks ago. For his wedding portraits, he chose to work with his friend, B.A. Van Sise, who shot with the Petzval lens for the very first time for this wedding and sent us such beautiful wedding pictures. Get to know him in this interview.
Some photographers have an instinct for the unique. Whereas others aim to fashion the ordinary into a singular picture, these hunters are obsessed with what cannot be found elsewhere. They prize an exclusive scoop on architectural patterns, artisan quirks, and objects that stick out of an everyday scene. And when the photographers find them, they will twist and turn to get the most flattering angle. Only right for curiosities that beg to be shared.
Italy's Michele, also known in the community as emmesalvezza, works as a filmmaker and a photographer. He wholeheartedly embraces the inherent quirks of shooting in film and considers light leaks, visible grains, and other "defects" as the "most interesting part of a shot" that need not to be corrected.
"Love your camera" is Marika's first rule when it comes to shooting film. Her passion for collecting gear stemmed from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of testing a variety of film cameras for her friend's shop. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from Prague, Czech Republic, analogvision!
Snow-capped or covered in lush greenery, monumental or of smaller proportions, mountains create the most picturesque natural landscapes. The folks at The Gap Magazine are no stranger to their beauty and will showcase such visual splendor in their next issue. Do you have a scenic photo of mountains? Share your pictures with us and get featured in the December issue of The Gap.