Making your own redscale film always requires a lot of time and a darkroom. Frightful for Lomographers like me who want to point-and-shoot and let the lab handle the rest. But I found a solution that makes creating 35mm redscale film possible for everybody in just a minute!
Redscale is all about exposing the ‘wrong’ side of the film. This effect was achieved by either pulling all the film out of the canister (in a darkroom of course), then turning the material around and putting it back into the canister or by transferring the film into a whole new canister. Sounds complicated and difficult, doesn’t it? But to achieve the redscale effect, all you need is four simple things (you have all of them at home):
1. The film you want to redscale (any 35mm color film will do)
2. Your favorite camera (unfortunately this may not work with all cameras)
4. Pliers (I use combination pliers)
When you insert a film in your camera, there is a little thingy (Does it even have a name?) on top of the canister that stops you from putting it in upside down. But that’s exactly what we want to do! So the thingy must go! Use the pliers to remove it. You may need some violence but most of the time its made from plastic, which makes it easy.
We are almost done! That was fast, wasn’t it? As we can now put our film in the camera upside down, the film puller is on the wrong side. Use the scissors to make a new puller by cutting some film like shown in the pictures.
Put the film into the camera and make sure that the ‘wrong’ (or right) dark side of the film is exposed and the bright side is facing you.
And now go and take some photos! And best of all: You can do all of this on the go! And if you decide to go EBS (Expose Both Sides), just cut a new film puller and turn the film around again!
As I said earlier, this may not work with every camera, but you’ll have to try to be sure! I can say that this works with the Lomography Konstruktor and the Minolta Hi-Matic AF but I can’t try it with every camera in the world so please share your results in the comment section below!