Spooky Halloween Lightpainting with the Diana Instant Back+


Boo! Time to take those colorful, ghastly shots and develop them in an Instant! Our friends from Hong Kong show you how, just in time for Trick or Treat!

Halloween is near! This year, why not challenge your ghoulish selves and your friends to take fun lightpainting photographs with the Diana Instant Back+? The result is really funny, and could finally done in Instant film – as our friends from Hong Kong did, as inspired by PikaPika’s Long Exposure project from Japan (ain’t this great, a global Lomographic project!)

Rather than calling this an experiment, think of it as intense and fun light play! Here’s what you need:

  • Diana F+ unit
  • Diana Instant Back+
  • Packs of Fuji Instant film (amount depends on how much you’d like to go crazy with this project!)
  • Flashlight (penlight-type would work best)
  • Cellophane Paper or Lomographic Color Gels
  • You need also need at least one extra person to do this project, but the more the merrier!

First, cut your cellophane paper into narrow strips, and stick it to your flashlight with clear tape. You could also use your color gels from your Colorsplash Flash, Ringflash or whatever you could find! Various colors are put in and will help you out in creating these beautiful instant masterpieces! After all, it’s in the power of your external light which makes this wonderful play-experiment possible!

The next step is to attach your Diana F+ to a tripod unit (or stable place) and adjust your focusing distance. It would be great if you do this project in a pitch-dark room. Make sure to set your Diana’s shutter mode to B (bulb). One friend will control the shutter release, while one in the dark would write with the flashlight. After taking your long exposure shot, please push the film development button. Pay attention that if your shutter release stays on too long, you might over-expose your photo – you don’t want whitewashed instants, do you? (Set your Diana F+'s opening to F16/22.)

Viola! You now have spooky, light-painted Instant Film wonders sure to impress those trick-or-treaters! Pretty neat stuff, don’t you think?

Check out the original post from our friends in Hong Kong
and also in Japanese

written by kazarareta on 2009-10-29 #gear #tutorials #halloween #hong-kong #tipster #lightpainting #diana-f #diana-instant-back


  1. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    wicked trick!

  2. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    wicked trick!

  3. disdis
    disdis ·

    #7 is so great!

  4. vtayeh
    vtayeh ·

    Wonderful!!! #11 is my fav!

  5. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Yeah. Looks like a lot of fun!

  6. stouf
    stouf ·


  7. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    nice tip & gallery! :)

  8. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    this makes me want an instant back!

  9. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    wow really really great

  10. miztaichee
    miztaichee ·

    Wicked dude~@! Love all the light paintings and can't wait to try it on my own. TQ for the tips!

  11. camoliva
    camoliva ·

    Is this only possible with the Instant back?

  12. fookshit
    fookshit ·

    @camoliva no, of course! this can be done with 120/135 films as well, provided you have the needed back for your Diana F+. but isn't it much fun to see results in an Instax? -pun intented- :)

  13. carlota_nonnumquam
    carlota_nonnumquam ·

    Really cool! Great tip!

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