Tips on Using Redscale Films: Vary That ISO


Redscale is the most simple experiment a lomographer can undertake (before you hit the dishwasher). But what does extended range mean and how can you use it?

Credits: adam_g2000

Redscale film is simply normal negative film that has been loaded into the cartridge the wrong way around. This means you are shooting through the substrate the light sensitve coating has been adhered to. This creates a filter effect, filtering out the bands of light (some colours) leaving a red tone. By shooting the redscale film at the ISO it was rated for you are in effect underexposing it. This creates some quite dark, blood red images.

To expose it correctly and even more you can change the ISO on your camera. Lomography has created a very convenient, ready redscaled film called: Lomography Redscale XR 50-200. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. This is guaranteed to work at any ISO between 50 to 200.

So what does varying your ISO do? Simply if you shoot at 50 ISO more light will be let through than if you shoot at 200. More light means less other colour is filtered out.

Shoot at 50 and you’ll get nice antique looking colour:

Antique looking shots over the water, great for making boating look even more romantic than it is (I must admit this wasn’t shot at 50 ISO, but it is very close to what you can expect in normally lit situations).

Shoot at 100 for orangy looks:

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Shoot at 200 for deeper reds and oranges:

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A word of warning, redscaling is a big experiment, and the type of light seems to change the result as much as the ISO so you never seem to be guaranteed a result, though what I can promise you when you redscale is unforgettable results.

Load up the Lomography Redscale 100 35mm film and achieve the warm-tinged effect produced only by exposing the negative on the reverse side! You’ll get breathtaking square shots evoking intensely warm, honey hues. See our selection of Lomography films here.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-02-27 #gear #tutorials #film #redscale #film-speed #tipster #asa #iso #quickie-tipster #extended-range


  1. chipmunk
    chipmunk ·

    Thank you! I Amateur as I am, I kept wondering why my redscales turn out so very dark :)

  2. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    @chipmunk and all, if you are using a camera without ISO, you can vary the aperture to have the same effect. Try a Diana on sunny, cloudy, very cloudy for the same shot to see what I mean.

  3. glenn
    glenn ·


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