I realize this is probably obvious to a lot of experienced lomographers, but I had been shooting for over 8 months before realizing I could easily do long exposures without a tri/mono pod. So for any newbies out there – don’t be afraid to long expose without any other equipment.
As I have mentioned above, I had been shooting long exposures for a while before realizing I didn’t have to stand alongside my boyfriend waiting to borrow his big tripod. As I have gained more experience, I have actually started to enjoy not having a tripod, and being a bit more inventive about where I stick my camera. Obviously the largest flattest surface you have is the floor, and quite a lot of my night shots have been a result of me holding my camera to the ground.
After I had tried this a few times, I actually started to like the bit of floor that shows up in the photos and have even started to do this in the day at times, as you can see below.
When the floor is not an option, or you want a bit more height, it can be good to steady your camera against a flat vertical surface like a wall or a lampost as I have done in these shots below.
Lately, I have also become a fan of sticking the camera on a table top for a long exposure as you can really get some great angles that way.
I have also had some success when doing a HQME using a wall as a surface – HQME being a high quantity multiple exposure. What I did was, rested my Holga 120 on a blanket (to prevent scratches) on a wall pointing at the subject area, set my distance and then used my left hand to really hold it down firmly so that it could not move too much for the duration of the shot. I then did between 20-30 exposures of the same shot and got the result below, which I was really pleased with as I had read a few reviews suggesting it would be impossible to do it this way.