Redscale your Instax Pictures!

2013-06-18 11

No matter what camera, subject, or weather conditions, redscale film has never let me down. And because I was looking for something special to do with my very first pack of instax, I decided I would try to get that redscale atmosphere I love so much. Turns out it’s very easy and works rather well!

Credits: sandravo

I’ve been thinking about buying the LC-A Instant Back ever since I first started using my LC-A+. Last week, I finally caved and ordered it. And since I knew I would be tempted to use it with my LC-Wide, I immediately ordered the LC-W instant kit with it.

As usual, the package arrived promptly and as soon as it got here, I opened all the boxes and started playing with my LC-A+, LC-Wide, and the Instant Back. I put the correcting lenses in place, looked through the viewfinders, took off the camera’s back plates and connected them to the instant back, … You get the picture! I just did everything any kid would do with a new toy: turn it inside out to make sure there’s no more candy.

The only thing I was hesitant to do was put in film… As you all know, Instax film is fairly expensive and holds only 10 pictures in a pack. I had only ordered 2 packs, so I would have to be careful in deciding when to use it and what to photograph with it. So for the last 3 days or so, this huge, chunky, instant-gratification camera has been staring at me on my desk.

And then today it hit me, I knew what I was going to do with the first pack of film… I would try to make them look like redscale! I would make actual redscale instax using a piece of empty, developed color negative. And the small snap-on correction lens on the LC-Wide would be the perfect carrier! Have a look at the photos below to find out how easy this is.

I used several bits and pieces I had left from developing film. Depending on the type of film, the negatives are darker or lighter, brownish or reddish… You could even go crazy and use a piece of a crossed film, those come in all colors: green, purple, blue, etc.

So I set out with the loaded LC-Wide + Instant Back, and a handful of negative snips. Here’s what I got. I hope you like it, cause I sure do!

Combining multiple pieces or finding a really red one gives you awesome redscale:

Credits: sandravo

Using a single piece of light negative gives you the nice hues you get when using XR redscale at low ISO values:

Credits: sandravo

written by sandravo on 2013-06-18 #gear #tutorials #redscale #instax #camera #tipster #fuji #instant-back #select-type-of-tipster #select-what-this-tipster-is-about #lc-wide #lc-w


  1. bebopbebop
    bebopbebop ·

    great article!

  2. muchachamala
    muchachamala ·

    Sweet! Came out great ;-) Loving it!

  3. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Thanks guys! @muchachamala, @bebopbebop

  4. winterschlaefer
    winterschlaefer ·

    great idea!

  5. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Here's the full article on how to redscale instax :-) @kleeblatt, @mafiosa, @esther_s_ch, @vici, @saidseni, @buckshot

  6. muhamad_haiz_shamsudin
    muhamad_haiz_shamsudin ·

    Another awesome Tipster by @sandravo sensei! Sadly, I only own LC-A Instant Back+.

  7. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    @muhamad_haiz_shamsudin Sensei! Haha, not by a long shot! I hardly have 4 months experience with this whole lomography thing. About your LC-A, it could still work... That snap on correction lens also attaches to my LC-A+. If you were to take out the correction lens and just use the outer ring with the magnets, you could use the same system for your LC-A. You just need to order the instant wide kit and adjust it a little. I am actually thinking about buying a second kit, take out the lens and use the ring to slide color filters in front of my LC-W and even my LC-A.

  8. 186juney
    186juney ·

    So awesome!!!!!! I am so going to try it

  9. ping-junior
    ping-junior ·

    wow cool i like ^____________^

  10. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Great idea!!!

  11. trevhorbbs
    trevhorbbs ·

    I know you posted this a while ago, but I love the style of these photos. The hues are amazing! I also wanted to know how you achieved the vintage "keyhole" effect of a darkened outer edge with all of the light concentrated in the center of the image? This aspect of these particular images is very interesting and I'd love to know how you do it!

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