Astrophotography: The Easy Way!


I decided to shoot a roll of doubles with myself layering the stars of the night sky with ordinary things down on Earth!

Here’s a quick and dirty tipster with amazing results!

1. Mark your film so that you know where the film will go the next time you re-load it.

2. Look up “stars”, “nebula”, “galaxy”, etc on the internet and shoot the first layer of your computer screen at double the ISO (If your film speed is 100, change it to 200 for both layers). Turn up your screen to the brightest intensity!! Make sure to choose photos that are large so the photos will be less pixelated. If you have posters of stars, those should work too! And choose different photos to takes photos of!

3. Then rewind your film, but make sure to leave the film leader out of the canister so you can re-load it!

4. Load the same roll in and shoot photos over the first layer at a doubled ISO! I found that bright outdoor shots wiped out the stars and indoor shots at night worked best with a flash.

(You can see a light smattering of stars in the dark areas in this photo, but otherwise the day time photos were too bright!)

It’s up to you what you want to shoot, so go out there and Lomo on! :)

Find the album here!

written by natalieerachel on 2011-11-08 #gear #tutorials #film #mx #stars #tipster #double-exposure #galaxy #astrophotography


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Very Creative!

  2. pomps
    pomps ·

    great idea!

  3. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    Thanks, I'm definitely going to try something like this very soon.

  4. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Thanks guys! :)

  5. dearjme
    dearjme ·


  6. iamdnierod
    iamdnierod ·

    good tip!

  7. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Let me know if you guys try this, I'd like to see what you come up with!

  8. poochfan
    poochfan ·

    Now I wish I didn't live in the city.

  9. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    You can also do this with the iTunes visualiser! Put it on full screen and snap away! I haven't tried it yet but I'm planning to do so :)

  10. foodeanz
    foodeanz ·


  11. untangleart
    untangleart ·

    I really like the Idea of that so after reading it I immediately tried out with my Agfa clack. and as subjects smoke pictures and a really pixelated picture and those all double exposed shots of my pets. just to try it out. I am really curious how its truing out tomorrow when I developing it

    thanks a lot for sharing natalierachel I try a lot of things.
    but I simply didn't think about the on thing I looking at so many times i a day

  12. tattso
    tattso ·

    I think this is very poetic.

  13. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  14. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Thanks so much for all of the feedback everyone!

    @untangleart I hope it turns out well, upload them soon! :)

  15. feelux
    feelux ·

    very nice!

  16. nylaina
    nylaina ·

    this is really amazing !

  17. untangleart
    untangleart ·

    I still don't have figured it out how to reply but many this works @natalieerachel thank you I shall try to upload them before the end of this week. only I think it will be after I am back from thailand. but if they are worth watching than I let you know when there uploaded if you like?

  18. flykiwii
    flykiwii ·

    Soo pretty!! I dont understand what you mean by
    " 1. Mark your film so that you know where the film will go the next time you re-load it." .
    I have only my I cant set an iso speed...will this work still I wonder?
    I will try...

  19. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @untangleart Sure, let me know :)
    @flykiwii Well marking the film is for 35nn film but with your Holga I assume you will use 120 film which already has markings. It just makes sure the photos are aligned correctly. If you use slow film like 100 ISO or 64 ISO that should work for these doubles!

  20. flykiwii
    flykiwii ·

    oh okay.. well i will use 35mm in it.. but it should be slow film?
    because the fast film will overexpose it? xD thank you for answering haha.
    i think i get it now.. :D

  21. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Well either 35mm or 120 would work, but I would advise slow film for the best results! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  22. theorangekid93
    theorangekid93 ·

    NICE! I'm going to try this on next weekend!

  23. fruchtzwergin
    fruchtzwergin ·

    great idea!
    I'm going to try this too :)

  24. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @theorangekid93 and @fruchtzwergin Let me know how they turn out! :)

  25. beryljane
    beryljane ·

    Stunning. I just might try this as a Valentine's gift. :)

  26. matwurst
    matwurst ·

    maybe try it the other way round (so the stars are in the background)

  27. bernardocople
    bernardocople ·

    Thanks a lot @natalieerachel !

  28. paytenpurdy
    paytenpurdy ·

    @natalieerachel Have you tried this without winding and reloading the film? This is a very helpful tipster! Thank you, you wonderful lomo lady!

  29. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @paytenpurdy I haven't but I'm sure that the result would be almost exactly the same! It's just a hassle to have to run back to the computer screen every time you want to take the next photo.

  30. blackcoffeeandtantrum
    blackcoffeeandtantrum ·

    Hiya~! I tried this technique for my photos and they turned out quite nicely. Although I keep having troubles with centering the first layer for the reexposure even if I mark the start of the film as reference =/ Here's a link of my album… Thanks again for this useful tipster!

  31. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    @natalieerachel I have 2 questions.. if I take the photos outside, for the second layer, is too bright? And.. when I develop my film, I must develop the film at 100 or 200 iso?

  32. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    I love this, I'll definately try it!

  33. violetz
    violetz ·

    What can I do if I don't have ISO settings (for example, in the Diana Mini)? It's a lovely idea and I'd love to try it! I will use a 100 ISO film

  34. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @violetz Hmmm it should still work, but you'd want to use lower ISO film, so yes 100 should work!

  35. violetz
    violetz ·

    I'll try ;)

  36. guinastrapazi
    guinastrapazi ·

    hey, just saw your album and got hooked - really great results . :)
    i'd really like to try this, but i woder why "trun the screen to brightest intensity" isn't that veeery bright then?
    and what camera did you use, or waht do you recommend, because my lc-a has automatic and aparture. i don't know what to set to get good results.
    thanks for reply :-)

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