Heart Shaped Film Mask


Looking to put a little Love into your photos? Cutting a custom heart-shaped mask for your camera will frame everything you adore nicely. A simple mod that works on almost any film camera.

Want to add some heart to your photos or show a little love to your favorite things by framing them on film? Add a heart shaped film mask.

Credits: kellysamuelson

This is an easy tip you can use on almost any camera.

You will need:

  • Opaque paper (look for glossy cardstock, like the adds you get in the mail)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (black electrical tape works great)

Step 1
Measure the current film mask you have. You’ll want to cut your piece of cardstock so it will fit into which ever camera you are using. Cut the cardstock leaving a little extra room – you can trim it down later if needed.

Step 2
Cut the heart shape out of your cardstock. Be sure to leave room at the edges.

Step 3
Tape your new film mask in place. If you are using a Holga or Diana+ with interchanging masks, you can tape your new heart shaped mask onto the existing mask before inserting it.

TIP: Tape your film mask in UPSIDE-DOWN. The picture is inverted by your lens. You want the heart facing the right direction in photos, so put it upside down in your camera. Shoot and develop as usual. Then show off what you love!

Credits: kellysamuelson

written by kellysamuelson on 2012-02-14 #gear #tutorials #120 #camera #square #mask #heart #tipster #35 #holga #diana #diana-mini #quickie-tipster #self-made

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  1. ohpleasedontgo
    ohpleasedontgo ·

    I tried the same last weekend with my Sardina and also added a red transperent paper, so the picture was coloured red. Unfortunately I forget to turn the heart upside down, so my pictures are upside down now :D

  2. ohpleasedontgo
  3. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Had this idea already in mind, but thanks for adding the note about putting it upside down :)

  4. sarca
    sarca ·

    Great idea. I will definitely try it with Diana Mini.

  5. kellysamuelson
    kellysamuelson ·

    The first time I did this, I also forgot to put the mask in upside down and had some strange photos. Glad my tip could help!

  6. thethingamajig
    thethingamajig ·

    oh wow! I'll try to do this with my la sardina too!

  7. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    Cool tip!

  8. kaimcn
    kaimcn ·

    I hadn't thought to try this, but now I need to try all the shapes!

  9. pretty_in_mad
    pretty_in_mad ·

    cute!!! I've made the same tipster ^___^ www.lomography.com/magazine/tipster/2011/09/05/la-cornice-d…

  10. chestnutchick
    chestnutchick ·

    I'm definitely going to be giving this a go soon. Thanks for the tip xx

  11. chestnutchick
    chestnutchick ·

    I'm definitely going to be giving this a go soon. Thanks for the tip xx

  12. li4mc
    li4mc ·

    I'd love to try this with my LC-Wide :D

  13. pinkpix
    pinkpix ·

    @ohpleasedontgo That's even cuter! Love the idea of a heart mask :)

  14. sherina
    sherina ·

    great idea, will definitely try this on my diana f+. Cant wait....will try other shapes too :)

  15. andreluis
    andreluis ·

    Muito legal essa dica, valeu.
    Vou tentar com minha Holga, mas vou fazer com um papel transparente...

  16. jkz_jkz
    jkz_jkz ·

    Great mask, love that shape) I did something like that, but doubles with beautiful textures:

  17. djramsay
    djramsay ·

    love it

  18. peeciella
    peeciella ·

    Going to do it !

  19. wilarbadson
    wilarbadson ·

    Thanks for the great tips! :)

  20. adash
    adash ·

    A lot of Lomo Love I see!

  21. litumai
    litumai ·

    will def try it out!

  22. litumai
    litumai ·

    here are the results! :)

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