Shooting on Both Sides of the Film


Fancy shooting on BOTH sides of the film? Try this and you’ll be surprised with the pictures you get!

My Smena 8m was modified (loading film on the wrong side of the camera and advance with the film rewind knob) to shoot redscale without re-spooling films. It struck me that perhaps I should try doing a double for a wrong/redscale and correct side. The Smena 8m allows me to line up the first frame of the roll for the double as the first frame starts in the same position for both exposures. I shot the redscale side at iso 50 for the first exposure and loaded it into my Cosina CX-2 the second, shot at 200iso. Film used was Solaris 100 expired.

The picture has the redscale look as usual but the images captured on the normal(correct) side shifted blue somehow. Interesting results with pictures being laterally inverted. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Steps to follow:

1) Modify your camera to do redscale naturally. Basically involves modifying (reversible modification) the film advance mechanism of the Smena 8m to allow the film advance knob to rotate backwards. The film is advanced with the film rewind knob, and rewinded with the film advance knob (sounds confusing yeah?)

2) Mark the first frame of your film

3) Shoot the redscale side as its less sensitive. Perhaps 1~2 stops over

4) Load the film into another camera for the proper side at 1 stop under!

5) Send it to the lab and wait for surprises!

written by weihsuan on 2011-02-05 #gear #tutorials #fun #experiments #film #redscale #tutorial #colors #lab-rat #tipster #normal


  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Excellent tipster, and good mod. Nice results.

  2. basho
    basho ·

    very nice!

  3. basho
    basho ·

    very nice!

  4. life_on_mars
  5. lighttomysoul
    lighttomysoul ·

    can this only work in a Smena for the wrong side?

  6. weihsuan
    weihsuan ·

    thank you all. the beauty of the tipster is that the frames can be lined up properly instead of overlapping. if overlapping ain't an issue, you can just respool the film manually and shoot it again, no modification needed! =)

    @lightmysoul: I guess it can be done to other cameras as long as the mechanism of film advance is simple and not coupled to the shutter. I'll recommend the smena 8m as its cheap, full manual, and has a very simple film advance mechanism easily accessible by removing the top of the camera. it basically only involves removing a ring with an extra catch, which is located on top of the film advance knob. The film advance mechanism still stops the "advancing" (via the rewind knob) for each frame. So its actually pretty convenient.

  7. glenn
    glenn ·


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