Film Freak Tipster: Special Edition

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Welcome to the special edition of Film Freak Tipster! Our resident film lab rat, Dr. Lab (aka @hti), has been whipping up some weird and wonderful experiments in the Lomography HQ. Finally, he is ready to share his secret techniques, so roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!

3 Film Effects You Can Achieve At Home

Here are three tutorials that produce a variety of unique effects: bright and colorful, soft and washed out, trippy and vibrant. Dr. Lab highly recommends to use cross-processed slide film for these tips, because x-pro accentuates the awesome effects.

Do the Dishwasher

Go wild with swirls of colors! This tip will soak your photographs with all sorts of rainbow hues. For this tip, Dr. Lab used a roll of Kodak Ektachrome E-200 35mm.

What You’ll Need:

1 roll Kodak Ektachrome E 200 35mm
1 dishwasher cycle with detergent (normal)
A darkroom (try your bathroom)
1 hairdryer

Instructions:

Put your roll of film into the cutlery basket of your dish-washer, (so as to keep it from flying about), and then add regular dish-washer detergent. Set to a normal cycle. Read the complete step-by-step

Bleach & Shout – ’50s Effect

This tip yields a classic dreamy quality and vintage edge. For this test, Dr. Lab used a roll of the holy grail of films, Agfa CT Precisa 100 35mm.

What You’ll Need:

1 roll Agfa CT Precisa 100 35mm
1 Martini shaker
1 oz generic surface cleaner
250 ml of boiling water
A darkroom (try your bathroom)
1 hairdryer

Instructions:

Put your roll of film a martini shaker. Then add boiling water, followed by generic surface cleaner to the mix. Attach the lid securely and shake for about 4-5 minutes. Read the complete step-by-step

Lava Lamp

Following the same steps as the “Do the Dishwasher” tip, Dr. Lab used a different kind of slide film and got totally different results. Here, he used a roll of Agfa CT Precisa 35mm.

What You’ll Need:

1 roll Agfa CT Precisa 100 35mm
1 dishwasher cycle with detergent (normal)
A darkroom (try your bathroom)
1 hairdryer

Instructions:

Toss your roll of film into the cutlery basket of your dishwasher, to make sure that it doesn’t pop out and about. Add regular dishwasher detergent and set to a normal cycle. Read the complete step-by-step

Aren’t you just aching to try these Film Freak Tipsters out for yourself? Grab your favorite slide film and see what happens! Always remember: safety first, so be sure to read the full tipsters before you get started.

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19 Comments

  1. amsyarhilman
    amsyarhilman ·

    HOLY CRAP.

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Sweet collection of tips ! : )

  3. plainjane
    plainjane ·

    nice one Dr. Lab!

  4. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    awessooooomeness

  5. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    someday i shall give this a shot =)

  6. summyzhong
    summyzhong ·

    great shots

  7. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    omg

  8. randomteaparties
    randomteaparties ·

    I'm digging the #2 Bleach & Shout – ’50s Effect.
    But I seriously doubt my pictures will turn out that cool.

  9. lupo
    lupo ·

    Niceeeee i will try everything :)

  10. lupo
    lupo ·

    Sorry for my stupid question, but : I have to do all the wash thing before or after take the pictures ?

    Many thanks for the tipster !!!

  11. plainjane
    plainjane ·

    @lupo - do the dishwasher or bleach 1st then load the film and shoot as normal

  12. lupo
    lupo ·

    @plainjane - Many thanks :)

  13. metzgor
    metzgor ·

    f*** i have no dish washer.. :-( but i think now i need really one!

  14. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    okay...... you really HAVE TO DRY the films out of the cannister... i tried drying them on the heating and the drying itself worked, but now the film sticks together.... :(((((( will now try to wetten and heat them up to dry them afterwards... no idea what will happen with them....

  15. jcmbadeaux
    jcmbadeaux ·

    How do you reload the film back into the canister? these look great

  16. kribbzor
    kribbzor ·

    @jcmbadeaux you just rewind the film with the little know on the top.

    www.lomography.com/homes/kribbzor/walls/28359-cilit-bang-re…
    Cilit Bang + Kodacolor 200

  17. kribbzor
    kribbzor ·

    @jcmbadeaux you just rewind the film with the little know on the top.

    www.lomography.com/homes/kribbzor/walls/28359-cilit-bang-re…
    Cilit Bang + Kodacolor 200

  18. dj3555
    dj3555 ·

    AMAZING =)

  19. j7n9
    j7n9 ·

    what if i use the film first and then i do all this crazy stuff, still works??

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