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