Taking Back Tipsters: Learn Some Film-Tampering Techniques

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Even some rule breaking needs some rules.


Star Light Effect

There are couple ways to do a star light effect filter, but I will tell you the easiest! You will need:

  • Sharp knife
  • Piece of clean glass or clean transparent plastic (a brand-new CD case could work for that and it should be same size or a bit greater than your camera lens front)
  • Ruler
  • Duct tape

Materials:

1. Take a plastic piece and using ruler and knife scratch the surface of the plastic by making parallel lines. This is very important: Don’t cut it, just scratch it a little bit. Distance between the lines should be about 2mm and lines should cover the size of the plastic (It should be long enough to cover your lens).

2. Turn the plastic sheet 90 degrees and start making new line. These lines will be perpendicular to the first lines.

3. After that, you will need to make some more lines which should go crisscross through the ones you’ve made earlier. You should have a piece of plastic with a nice grid or pattern afterwards. If the grid looks imperfect, don’t worry it will work anyway.

4. Now all you have to do is put this filter in front of your camera and start shooting. If you take pictures of the sun it will turn into a big star. If you go for night hunting, I recommend sticking the filter to your camera with a duct tape instead of holding it.

This Tipster is by Lomography community member @dogma.


Writings on the Wall

As long as you have a permanent marker, a darkroom and some imagination you should be fine!

Here’s how:

  • Unwind the film in your darkroom.
  • Whip out your secret weapon—the permanent marker—to write on the film. Remember, if you write with a black marker the text will be white when you develop your shots.
  • When you are done writing, roll the film back up and shoot again!
  • Don’t tell your lab what you have done as they will refuse to develop your negatives claiming that it will ruin their chemicals. It won’t as it’s permanent marker.
  • Have fun!

Give It A Swirl

Add a little spin to your pictures with this technique!

Take a roll of till receipt paper and draw swirls on it with a brush and some black ink. Then you take a 120 roll film, unwind it completely, glue the strip of paper onto the beginning and the end of the film and roll the whole thing back. Then shoot.

I use a Seagull for that, as I need at least three stops down for the light to go through the paper. The good thing is that the paper is nearly the right width of 120 film!


In photography the little things matter. Our Taking Back Tipsters series is a trove of neat camera hacks, composition tricks and processing know-how. Scan our archive to make the most out of your gear, old or new.

written by lomographymagazine on 2016-01-29 #gear #tutorials #tipster #taking-back-tipsters

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3 Comments

  1. rhiannonamsterdam
    rhiannonamsterdam ·

    Looking forward to trying number 2

  2. hannah_brown
    hannah_brown ·

    very cool indeed!

  3. anikaleero
    anikaleero ·

    These are really cool :) Any film tricks for instant wide?

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