Tipster of the Week: Colour Gels Are Awesome!


You know that the Diana F+ is one of the most versatile analogue camera of its kind – you can change its lens into a telephoto, superwide and fisheye! Change its back to make it a 35mm or Instax shooting wonder! And it can also be the sexiest pinhole you’ll ever have! How about shooting rainbow-tinted photos with it? It can be done of course!

Diana Filters! by bees

Use the gels that come with the Diana F+ Flash as film filters for your Diana camera! It’s rad!

The little gels that come with the Diana flash fit so perfectly across the shutter of the Diana F+ camera it’s almost like they’re meant to go there! I’m not really sure what made me think this would work, but it did, and really well. I thought I would need to compensate for the light blocked by the filters by having a bit longer exposure, but as it turns out that’s completely unnecessary.

Here are the steps:
1.Get your gels and your Diana F+.
2. Take off the lens.
3. Put the filter over the shutter.
4. Close the lens.
5. Take lots of cool pictures!

I tried the 8 lightest gels taking 2 shots with each gel, each on cloud mode. The first shot I did with regular shutter firing, “N” mode, and the second I did on “B” and held for about 1 second. It was a pretty sunny day and there was plenty of light for most of the gels to work on “N” mode with no problem. The “B” mode made for dreamier photos, but also blurrier, since my arm isn’t a tripod.

I was really pleased that the gel filters didn’t effect the sharpness of the image and I like the halo effect that turned up on some of the photos. Basically these gels are awesome!

written by bees on 2009-10-25 #gear #tutorials #tips #tipster #tipster-of-the-week #diana-f #photo-filter #diana-flash-gels


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    N°10 is my favourite !

  2. raissuli
    raissuli ·

    Simple yet fantastic idea!!

  3. zark
    zark ·

    Number ten too!

  4. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Good idea putting the filters under the lens. I like that you can use a color negative film and get the effects of multiple slide films. Very cool.

  5. superlighter
    superlighter ·


  6. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    This is a great idea, thanks for sharing

  7. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    Good idea, however, putting a single filter just affects white balance that might (or might not) be fixed while scanning / post-processing. However, a combination of filters or some double exposure with different filters might lead to yet another interesting results.

  8. royalbeast81
    royalbeast81 ·

    i like this, the effect is like you are using a xpro films.

  9. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    Very cool and so easy!

  10. bees
    bees ·

    I used Kodak Ektar 100 film, just in case anyone was curious! I realize I didn't mention it.

  11. joeducon
    joeducon ·

    n° 3 and 9 are my favourite ones! thanks for the tip

  12. avariel
    avariel ·

    too cool. thanks for sharing. i shall have to try that out soon. & post results.

  13. megs79
    megs79 ·

    Anyone ever tried this with infra red film?

  14. ecnerwal_nifled
    ecnerwal_nifled ·


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