Monochrome Moments with John Scarbro and the Diana F+


UK-based photographer John Scarbro, AKA @monobod, prefers to shoot with B&W film and enjoys experimenting with pinhole photography. He regularly uses the Diana F+ and talked to us about his penchant for this plastic-lens medium format camera. He also shared some useful tips and tricks on shooting Dianaramas.

Photos by John Scarbro

Hi John, how have you been since we last spoke?

I'm fine thanks, luckily I have the time to go out shooting film regularly whatever the conditions.

Photos by John Scarbro

What's the appeal of shooting with the Diana F+ ?

The appeal of the Diana F+ to me is the simplicity of shooting. I usually use 400 ASA film or sometimes 3200 depending on the conditions. This simplicity frees you up to concentrate on composing the image. I have two Dianas, one with the 35 mm film back.

Photos by John Scarbro

What do you choose to shoot?

Finding images is an intuitive thing with me. I generally have couple of cameras with me when shooting. Rather than go to specific locations looking for stuff to shoot, I have a number of regular walks which usually result in a few images. This time of the year I also enjoy the few foggy mornings we get. These conditions transform even the most mundane scenes.

Photos by John Scarbro

You've made some really great Dianaramas. Tell us how do you go about creating these.

I love creating a Dianarama when I see the possibility. They are usually shot across two or sometimes three frames depending on how wide you want to go.

The process is very simple using micro clicks. You shoot, then wind on a few clicks, shoot, wind on a few more clicks, repeat until you reach the next frame number. The image is then across two frames. You can continue across as many frames as you like for even wider images.

Photos by John Scarbro

What tips and tricks would you give to someone wanting to try out the Diana F+ camera.

The Diana is a great camera for shooting images free from having to think about camera settings. Set the aperture and you're good to go. Just go out and simply enjoy finding images with a great camera.

To see more of John's photos be sure to follow him at his LomoHome. And tell us about your own adventures with the Diana F+ in the comments!

2023-02-15 #news #people #medium-format #black-and-white #monochrome #panoramic #uk #diana-f #diana-family

Mentioned Product

Lomography Diana F+

Lomography Diana F+

Take timeless and dramatic photos on 120 film with the Diana F+. Create stunning soft-focused images and customize it with sweet lenses or even an instant back for additional effects and flexibility.


  1. papa-attila
    papa-attila ·


  2. polaroidlove
    polaroidlove ·

    Great photos!

  3. neja
    neja ·

    love it

  4. monobod
    monobod ·

    @neja Thanks.

  5. monobod
    monobod ·

    @polaroidlove Thank you.

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