Redscale XR 50-200 35mm film is a favourite of Lomographers all over the world. But what do you do when you’ve run out of your stash? Just DIY your own expired roll, load it into an automatic camera, and get varying color shifts and effects!
The first time I shot redscales was back in April, when I inverted a roll based on mune316’s “Easy Redscale DIY” Tipster. I’ve been seeing all these beautiful burnt-looking images on LomoWalls and never knew that, to get similar results, all I had to do was flip over regular color negative film!
After following the step-by-step, I loaded the expired and redscaled Kodak Ultramax 400 into my focus-free point-and-shoot (1/160 shutter speed, f/5.6 aperture, no custom ISO settings) so that I didn’t have to worry about under or overexposing it. There are some redscale exposure guides listed at the end of this article, if you want specific color tones or shades (other than the stark red-orange), but I wanted to let my camera do the guessing for me and here’s how it turned out.
Above are the reddest photos from the DIY roll. I don’t like this coloring so much because it literally makes people look sunburnt. Doesn’t help that my hair was also red then so I looked a little… bloodshot?
But I love the shading on these three. It’s not so red as it is yellow and there are some bluish/purple overtones too. Just not sure why it multiple-exposed several frames onto each other as my auto-advancing camera doesn’t have that function. Maybe it was in the way I rewound the strip after turning it over?
Some shots turned out really golden, like a bright yellow with some orange tinges. Does it make Persian food look more appealing? Yes, said my hungry yellow friend, Joseph.
Besides a few accidental double exposures, there were also a lot of light leaks. Nearly all the photos had a white line running through the middle, along the edges, or somewhere around the photo.
Not sure what happened in the photos above, but that’s the risk you take for uncalculated film snaps!
Overall, I think this DIY roll was a lot of fun to play around with. From the different shades I got, to the blemishes on the prints, redscaling definitely added some character to the photos. I think the unpredictability is exciting and I’d probably DIY more rolls if I only had expired color negatives left.
If you want a slightly less moody film that offers this kind of variation, you should get some Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 and experiment with changing your camera’s ISO settings with each shot. Or you can also try Lomography Redscale 100, which I will be road testing on a road trip this weekend. Wish me some rad(scale) luck!
See all photos from this roll in Radscale.
You might also like:
- Easy Redscale DIY
- Tips on Using Redscale Films: Vary That ISO
- Redscale Technique: The Principle of Light Penetrability
- Pushing the Boundaries with Lomography Redscale
- Rad Redscales: Who Says you Can’t Shoot Redscale Indoors?
- Rad Redscales: Double the Redscale
The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 35mm gives you full control over your redscale images. With its extended ISO range, you can pick an effect that you want and set the ISO accordingly. Your images will exude a lovely retro feel. See our selection of Lomography films here.