Yay, welcome to the club! We're glad you made it — getting into Lomography is super exciting. It's a Community where you can freely take your shots from the hip, embrace happy mistakes, and celebrate the analogue lifestyle. But we understand that having so many choices in one sitting can be quite confusing for a beginner. Here's a quick guide to get you started on your creative journey.
Pick a Fuss-Free Camera
Something that doesn't require you to fiddle with camera settings is what we mean when we say "fuss-free". Assuming that you want to shoot 35 mm photos, the Single Use Film Camera is the easiest way to go. There are 3 kinds available — Black & White, Color Negative, and LomoChrome Purple — each pre-loaded with fast film so that you can glide through the roll from day to night. The Color Negative and LomoChrome Purple cameras feature a set of color filters that you can use with the built-in flash, for vibrant colorsplashed photographs.
Once you get the hang of it, you can move on to other 35 mm cameras such as the classic Lomo LC-A+ and explore different film formats. The LC-A+ has zone-focusing and automatic exposure, which makes it easy to master. For medium format shots, the Lomo LC-A 120 is compact enough for everyday use, while the fully automatic Lomo'Instant Automat makes a great choice for instant photography.
Load Up on Film
It's always a good idea to keep a variety of film in your kit so that you'll never have to worry about running out. You're still getting to know your camera and you need all the rolls that you can get! There's a whole world of options but it's best to practice with a high ISO film, such as Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO. With a speedy ISO, you can confidently shoot in all lighting conditions. From there, you can experiment with other film variants in varying speeds. See our complete film catalog in our online shop.
Add an Accessory
Perhaps you're more confident about pairing your camera with an accessory. If you've stepped up to a Lomo LC-A+ or Lomo LC-Wide, try using a Splitzer for surreal, slice and diced images. Shooting with a medium-format Diana F+? Ease your way into exploring different perspectives by using lenses. If you spoiled yourself with a Lomo'Instant Automat Kit, then you have a set of lenses and Splitzer to enjoy. But on its own, Lomography cameras allow you to creative flexibility with its various functions. If you see an "MX" switch, you can turn that on to shoot multiple exposures. If you're using an LC-Wide, take advantage of the multi-format function. Of course, there are so many tipsters that you can try too, but we'll save those for later!
Sign Up for a LomoHome
Ready to share your first few photos? Sign up for a LomoHome to meet creative, like-minded folks. You can upload your photos and sort them by albums, or according to the camera and film that you used. It's also the most convenient way of discovering other Lomographers' inspiring shots. Join the Community and contribute to the expanding collection of beautiful photos from all over the world. Plus, you get to make new friends!
Check out our Beginner's Guide for more in-depth information! Once you're ready to pick up some Lomography goodies, head to the online shop or visit one of our worldwide gallery stores if you're more of a hands-on shopper. Sign up for a LomoHome so that you can share your photographs with our vibrant Community!