Quickie Tipster: Diana Mini Nightime


Using a bigger aperture and closer focus for bokeh effect in night photography.

Next time you are out galavanting at night with your Diana Mini, stop using the flash, and decide to engage in some nightime photography while also trying to have some fun with the focus and depth of field effect (bokeh).

  • Set your shutter speed on B for long exposures.
  • Set your aperture on “cloudy” (which gives the camera a bigger aperture).
  • Set your lens focus on 0.6M, or 1-2M.
  • Put your little camera on the ground and take the pic, pressing the shutter down for 6 to 10 seconds.

The result is a cool nightime photo with the bokeh and near focus effect, Diana Mini style.

written by neels on 2011-03-10 #gear #tutorials #tipster #depth-of-field #focus #night-photography #diana-mini #quickie-tipster #select-what-this-tipster-is-about


  1. minchi
    minchi ·

    The speed of film? 800 iso or less?

  2. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    Yeah.. when you shoot this photo what type of film you're using? 800 iso? If I have 400 iso film will it be enough?

  3. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    Yea.. pls update on what iso you used... would love to try this with my Diana f+ thanks! :D

  4. mcrstar
    mcrstar ·

    I shoot with a 100 iso films and all be ok. Just use exposure, around 20-40 sec. Better to use a tripod.

  5. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    I think neels used an ISO 400.

  6. neels
    neels ·

    i used film with an ISO 200 :) thanks for the comments! have fun with cool night time photograohy!

  7. luchin
    luchin ·

    thanks :)

  8. gibri
    gibri ·

    iso 200? wow... and with 800 iso, have you tried?

  9. litumai
    litumai ·

    cool tipster!

  10. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    I'm surprised this came out so well with 200 iso. I always use 400 at least for night snaps and around 10 seconds seems to work for that. I don't really like flashes, so i don't have one for my Diana Mini.

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