Lighting is one of the trickiest aspects of macro photography. Using the Lomography Ringflash the way it was intended can improve your macro shots.
At the smallest scales shadows become a problem because a blade of grass might as well be a building. If you try to use a camera’s built-in flash it will be more offset and more useless the closer you get to your subject. If you do manage to light your subject, the flash will often be too strong at macro distances. Macro lenses for high-end cameras can be very expensive, but if you’re lucky you just might be able to use the Ringflash with your macro setup. Many of you know the Ringflash as the ultimate accessory for the Lomography Fisheye cameras, but it was originally designed as a flash for macro photography. Luckily it just happens to fit my macro kit. I have a Canon EOS Rebel Ti and a Quantaray zoom lens with a macro setting. The Ringflash fits perfectly over the rubberized grip on the lens. The Ringflash has a “slave” mode where it will flash in response to another flash going off, so I just set the camera to “forced flash” and fire.
Here are some examples demonstrating the nice, even lighting you can get with a macro flash:
Experimenting with perspectives both in photography and cinema are nice ways to add dramatic flair and clear-cut narrative. Of course, one must use it sparingly as it might become gimmicky. Here some four unique P.O.V. shots to play with.
Like a pat on the back, liking your fellow Lomographers' photos can go a long way. This simple gesture is sometimes enough to motivate them to continue shooting and improving. Meet this batch of Lomographers who eagerly spread the Lomo-love throughout the community one click at a time.
Like a pat on the back, liking your fellow Lomographers’ photos can go a long way. This simple gesture is sometimes enough to motivate them to continue shooting and improving. Meet this month’s batch of Lomographers who eagerly spread the Lomo-love throughout the community one click at a time.
This lightweight and compact Art Lens System is three prime lenses in one. Shoot with a fixed focal length of 35mm, 50mm or 80mm and experiment with a wide range of f/stops and special aperture plates to achieve countless creative styles. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F or Pentax K mount!
Are you one of the photographers who began with a digital camera and is now shifting to the analogue grind? Photography blogger Phoblographer has some pieces of advice you might find useful in your transition.
Photographer and art director Luca-Mercedes Stemer is one of the founders of HONEST., a magazine dedicated to preserving the tangible aspect of film photography. In this interview, she looks back on her early days as a young photographer and dishes out some tips on how to make it in the industry.
Alessandro Casagrande is a film photographer based in Milan where he gained a BA at the Italian Institute of Photography. He was fascinated with photography from an early age and it became a way of communicating his vision and capturing dreams and desires along the way.
The 7th Annual Holga & Friends Out of the Box (on creativity that is) International Photography Competition is now under way with guest juror O. Rufus Lovett. It is open to amateur and professional photographers around the globe that use a toy camera or an element of it.
Thanks to Lomography the world can experiment again with the magic of color shifting films. But how does one use these films properly in different lighting conditions? Here are some tips about shooting with the LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 and LomoChrome Turquoise XR 100-400 at night.