Two Faces Are Better than One


Use a B setting and a Colorsplash flash to make yourself a two-face, son!

It took me a lot of time and many rolls of film to figure this tip out—now it is an easy tip, like so easy, but I am gonna give crazy details so you don’t waste films like me. So what I used in these is a camera with a B setting, a lockable cable release, a Ringflash, a Colorsplash flash, a strobe flash, and a clamping tripod. However all you really need to do this is a Colorsplash flash, everything else can be accomplished with duct tape!

Try to imagine the following: you need to put the camera on a flat surface at eye level, put it on the B setting, make the room dark and then press the shutter down and keep it down, which is where the cable release or duct tape comes into play. Alright so if your face is a clock and you are looking at the camera at 12 o’clock and the back of your head is 6 o’clock and your right ear is 3 and your left ear is 6. Now, with the shutter open and the room dark you hold a flash in arms length away from you at about 1pm and make it flash, then switch hands and flash the flash again at 11—- that is the basic premise.

But you can get crazy as hell with this idea just with some very simple whacky behavior and/or props. So you have plenty of time to change colors on the flash, outfits, or expressions. It is almost like having a splitzer when you don’t have one because what shows up is the areas of your face that you flash upon. So you can have a two-face that involves two different colors or one face with a hat and one face with a visor or one face that smiles while the other half frowns. Turning your face slightly between flashes can also give a Quasimodo type look, either way it can all be super fun and either cute or wacky or creepy as hell—-it kinda gives me a semi.

written by kylethefrench on 2010-03-09 #gear #tutorials #long-exposure #tips #tipster #colorsplash-flash #b-setting #props


  1. beni
    beni ·


  2. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Man, you're definitively a fantastic lomocrazygrapher!!

  3. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    so crazy that he does impossible things :)

  4. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    oh thanks guys, too sweet

  5. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    omg. it;s so fun! creative idea! hahahaha!

  6. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    hail to the king tipster - @kylethefrench :)

  7. marvin
    marvin ·

    very nice

  8. milkie
    milkie ·

    Really great! The result is amazing!

  9. disdis
    disdis ·

    I like your creazy ideas....

  10. born-to-ruin
    born-to-ruin ·

    number 4 is brilliant!

  11. dfektion
    dfektion ·

    this is hella crazy. im gonna try it out myself...except the fact that i dont have a clamping tripod...hmmm. nvm it i shall try it out anyways wwhheeeeeee

  12. ceduxi0n
    ceduxi0n ·

    It's almost 1am and I'm bored. I have my duct tape ready!! However, I'm only taping my baby-tripod to the mirror (since the darkest room in my house is my windowless bathroom). Wish me luck :P

  13. stouf
    stouf ·

    Brilliant Kyle !

  14. kylewis
    kylewis ·


  15. leela_dark
    leela_dark ·

    funny and brilliant tipster!

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