Make the Best Out of Your Expired Films


When I started Lomography back in 2007, people always told me that using expired films is very cool and the results are very good too! After that, my adventure for searching expired films began.

After nearly 5 years of Lomography, I still use expired films. I’ve been through good times and bad times using expired films on several cameras. Here are some quick tips on how you can make the best out of your expired films:

1. Don’t forget to use flash!

2. Shoot when the sun is up!

3. Consider pairing your expired films with a camera that is fully manual. Fully manual here means that you can control the exposure of your shots. I used the Horizon Perfekt on the example below so I could control how much light is needed to expose the expired film.

4. Overexpose your shots when using a Lomo LC-A+. This means that I always set the ISO to 100 when I used an expired film which rates ISO 400 or ISO 200 to give the film extra light.

5. Have fun with your expired film. Expect the unexpected! Since your film is expired and it may even smell funny, you have to be ready for a surprise when you receive your roll from the photo lab. This is the best part!

The conclusion is you have to expose your expired films with extra lights. Hope these tips are useful for your future shooting! Have fun!

written by adi_totp on 2012-03-09 #gear #tutorials #film #expired #tips #adi_totp #tipster #requested-post


  1. icuresick
    icuresick ·

    The last photo is very popular! haha

  2. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @icuresick hhaha yes.. I used an old ebx for the shots :D

  3. niko_fuzzy
    niko_fuzzy ·

    the last shot sure EPIC!

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @niko_fuzzy EPIC! thanks man!

  5. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·


  6. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @eva_eva you must be laughing at the last pic! haha

  7. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    I still have no idea how to set the iso thing. >_< lol.

  8. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @cutebun do you own the LC-A+? just turn the ISO setting :D

  9. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    I own LC-wide. No lc-a yet. =X I got expired films that range from iso100-200 huhu

  10. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    @cutebun just set the iso to 100 if you're using 200 iso film :D

  11. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    Ehehe!! Last shot! :-P

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