Homemade redscale is great! It’s a simple technique that adds an element of surprise to your photos and it’s a great way to spruce up some cheap film.
I always carry homemade redscale in my camera bag, it’s my go to guy if I want photos that will intrigue and surprise me. It’s forgiving too!
Having found my way back to film last year, one of the first experiments I tried was making my own redscale. I won’t go into details of how to make it – there are web pages, videos, and tipsters all over the internet with all the ins and outs. A tipster from Lomography can be found here
I’ve used a range of budget films over the last year to make my own redscale – I can’t bring myself to use something more expensive just yet…I’m sure that time will come but for now I’ve been more than happy with the results.
For my first roll, I used Fuji Superia 200. Having done a bit of research, I read that this lets more green and blue through than Kodak films. I loaded up my Olympus Trip, set the ISO a step or two down (so ISO 50 or 100) and snapped away. When I got my first prints back from the lab I was smitten!
For my test roll I shot some photos on a foggy morning next to the sea and a couple of days later on a bright spring morning – I was treated to some eerie orange fog and glow around the sun. But it wasn’t all orange – blues were trying to sneak through too and reds became more intense…I had a new best friend.
I used Fuji Superia again for the second roll and took it on a bit of an adventure to Zambia – I love my redscale safari shots – with the bright sunlight I got lovely soft orange hues and greens sneaking through. I only wish I had taken more redscale with me!
It’s not all about bright sunlight. Redscale is the most forgiving of films and perfect for overcast days. Using some Agfa Vista 200, I got some deep dark reds and moody Mordor-esque skies – if anything, I’m amazed my Trip let me take these shots but I love how they’ve come out.
If you haven’t experimented with the red side yet, don’t hesitate. Grab some cheap film and give it a go. Just remember to overexpose a step or two and you’ll be bathed in all sorts of red, orange and gold!