Tipster: Achieving Better Exposure With Your Lomo'Instant


You are sick of poorly exposed Lomo'Instant pictures? I got you!

All you need is a simple light meter like this one.

Credits: @pearlgirl77

The Lomo'Instant camera exposes your picture for 1/125 second and is able to set the aperture to five different sizes:

-2 = f 32
-1 = f 22
A = f 16
+1 = f 11
+2 = f 8

Because I don't want to learn times and aperture settings by heart, I made myself a little cheat sheet and taped it to the bottom side of my Lomo'Instant.

Credits: @pearlgirl77

According to my Fuji Instax Film, I set the ISO to 800 and measure the light as per usual. As you can see in this example, I would have to set the aperture to 16. Now I check my cheat sheet, which tells me that I don't have to change anything, as the camera is already set to A-mode.

Credits: @pearlgirl77

In case the result of the light meter is not quite clear, I usually go with my intuition. If the sun is out, I would rather underexpose a little, and when shooting in the shades or on a cloudy day, I would rather choose more light and overexpose my subject. Usually, it works out for me and I get nice results. Of course, every now and then I find myself in special lighting situations, like having an intense backlight, which makes it more difficult. All in all, however, my overall results have definitely improved, ever since I started using the light meter and pay more attention to the right settings - which all boils down to simply having more fun taking pictures and being happier with the photos of my Lomo'Instant.

Here are some examples. For some of those, when the sun was really strong, I used additional color lenses, since the smallest aperture of 32 would not have been enough.

Credits: @pearlgirl77

Have fun with your Lomo'Instant
Yours, Pearlgirl

Check out more photos from @pearlgirl77, and visit her LomoHome

written by pearlgirl77 on 2017-11-19 #gear #tutorials


  1. mtsteve
    mtsteve ·

    @pearlgirl77 nice work!

  2. shokijay
    shokijay ·

    Thank you for this 😀

  3. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @mtsteve & @shokijay thanks.. it's really easier with a ligth meter ;)

  4. merry
    merry ·

    @pearlgirl77 Nice work, great article. I just got a light meter for this purpose.

  5. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Excellent article and gallery!! Here's an article for exposure with no light meter that I posted and Lomography published 7 years ago, but got lost to time, so I posted it in my notes:… Enjoy.

  6. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    Yes I'm very sick especially for paralax error distant but unfortunately mine is lomo instant automat 😢 nice article anyway 💖

  7. jaunman
    jaunman ·

    Great work, thanks.

  8. polaroidlove
    polaroidlove ·

    Thankyou @pearlgirl77, wonderful photos!

  9. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @merry hope you get better results now
    @herbert-4 thanks but too many to memorise ;)
    @hervinsyah paralax is normal with all these cameras.. for the close-up-lens i don't look through the viewer.. and so closer i'm on the object i correct it more... hope you get more feeling about it! thanks
    @jaunman thank you too ;)
    @polraoidlove thanks!

  10. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    @polraoidlove thanks :)

  11. pearlgirl77
    pearlgirl77 ·

    and again @polaroidlove thanks :)

  12. carblkm5
    carblkm5 ·

    Great article! Thank you.

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