New Lubitel+ Tips & Tricks
New Lubitel+ Tips & Tricks
After extensive tinkering with the nuts, bolts, ways, and means of the Lubitel+ camera, our Lomographic engineers and analog prices of the rodeo have cooked up five new tips and tricks for mind-blowing images. This batch has a special emphasis on the magic of multiple-exposures and the simple elegance of the Lubitel+’s humble rewind crank.
And just in case you haven’t heard about this handsome devil…
The Lubitel+ is a loving recreation of this Soviet-era classic. Based on a design that dates back over 60 years, it’s truly a mid-century masterpiece updated with stunning new features, including the ability to shoot BOTH medium format and 35mm film. Light enough to be your daily companion, powerful enough to yield mind-blowingly sharp & detailed images, and flexible enough to offer limitless creative possibilities, this handsome fella is simply the biggest news for die-hard analogue photographers in a LONG time.
In Too Deep
Shoot medium format film through your Lubitel+ with a close subject and an aperture of f/4.5 for an incredible portrait that’s absolutely dripping with style. Open aperture settings – like f/4.5 – allow for a “shallow depth of field” in which one portion of your image (the foreground) is focused while the rest (the background) is blurry. That blurry and creamy section is known as “bokeh” – and the Lubitel+’s multicoated glass lens serves up some of the finest bokeh in town. Look right past your subject’s eyes into that swirling, technicolor blurry-soup!
And who says that the sharp part always has to be the foreground. You can pick and choose where to put the focal point of your image. Blurry subjects against a tack-sharp background have been known to tell a true story as well.
Every one of us does doubles now and then – either planned ones, by accident or blind doubles. The ghost doubles are planned doubles that require a tripod (or a level place for the camera to stand upon) and a long cable release. First you take a picture of the place or object you want to appear in later. Don’t forget to focus and don’t advance the roll! Then you need to remember where the focal point was in the picture or estimate the distance (you can put your bag into the picture, focus on it, then remove it and stand on the same point later.) Take your position and release the shutter a second time, this time you’re in the picture using the cable release. Because you’re on the second layer, you appear just like a ghost.
You simply can’t get enough of the panorama stuff. Take it to the extreme and double expose one panorama with another! The numbers indicating the shots make it super-easy to go back to where the first panorama started and you just can add another layer of widespread chaos.
Expose your first layer with a series of patterns and rewind before shooting the second layer. Regular or irregular, natural or artificial, when double exposing with structures, you might get surreal combinations. Try to shoot contrasty images on the second layer for a good effect.
Shoot a roll of film just with shadows of you or your friends. Rewind, expose a second layer and be in the picture without actually showing your face. The shady layer acts almost like a mask. Try to play with poses, tools, colors and include it when composing the second layer.
This is a basic method of composition that makes many of you images look better immediately. Or so it is said.
Imagine a tic-tac-toe game, 2 vertical lines + 2 horizontal lines each dividing an area into thirds. (That’s why the actual name of this technique is called “rule of thirds”). When composing your image, try to move the main point of interest to one of the intersections of the lines, or move the horizon, trees, landmarks… on to these lines. The human eye tends to seek these points and will be more happy to find something nice there.
If you want to make this rule of thirds your number one, print this on some foil and use it in the Lubitel + viewfinder. Just take off the top down viewfinder and put it in there (maybe use a small piece of tape to stick it down).
As a Lomography “Plus” camera, the Lubitel+ is a re-invention of its classic Soviet-era predecessor. It’s the third in our ongoing series of such cameras – joining ranks with the plastic fantastic Diana+ and the Lomographic classic, the LC-A+. With these three cameras, you’ll have three distinct and absolutely unique perspectives on your daily comings and goings and the many loves of your life. With our exclusive bundle deals, you can assemble your own Lomography Plus collection and save a few bucks while you’re at it.
Lubitel+ / Diana F+ / Diana Flash
The Lubitel and the trusty Diana F+, a loving recreation of the 1960s cult camera. Includes the Diana Flash, which will work beautifully on both cameras.
Lubitel+ / LC-A+ / Colorsplash Flash
Pair your Lubitel with the crucial Lomo LC-A+, the finest snapshot camera of all time! Includes the Colorsplash Flash, which is a true light-tossing friend for both cameras.
Lubitel+ / LC-A+ / Diana+
Get all the Plus Cameras at once!
With sincere love and affection, we thank all of our friends who have let the Lubitel+ into their hearts. Surely, you’ve been toting around this Waist-Level Romeo on a daily basis and snapping away at each opportunity that crosses your path. At this point, you’ve probably got a few masterpiece images to show and tell. And we’re dying to see them!
Today we’ve launched the Lubitel+ “First Run” Rumble. This will be the first of many worldwide Lubitel+ image round-up’s, designed to inspire the community of Lomographers to keep pushing the creative boundaries of this new instrument. We’ll offer prizes, praise and worldwide fame!
If you’ve got a Lubitel+, then run a few test rolls through and get ready to receive the Rumble assignment themes. If you don’t yet have one, then consider grabbing a Lubitel+ (alone or in a tasty bundle deal) and participating in this historic analog event!
Shoot richly detailed square and rectangular medium format (120) images
The bright colours, bold contrast, and exceptional sharpness of the original coated glass Lubitel lens have all been faithfully reproduced in the new Lubitel+ lens.
The Lubitel+’s body is cast in lightweight plastic, allowing you to carry it everywhere as a daily companion, without straining your neck!
NEW: Shoot images on 35mm film in a radically unique format: panoramic portraits where the image exposes the entire film – including the sprocket holes!
NEW: Shoot “endless panorama” images on 120 film, in which there is no space between frames
Hold the camera at waist level and look down into the viewfinder to compose your image.
NEW: The Lubitel+’s milky viewfinder glass is perfectly flat and a pleasure to use.
The original viewfinder used curved glass and was a bit tough to see in different light conditions.
NEW: the Lubitel+ lens focuses to 0.8m, while the classic Lubitel lens only focused to 1.4m. This means stronger and more intense portraits and close-up shots!
NEW: You can precisely focus your Lubitel+ via the waist-level viewfinder or use the quick and easy “zone focus” settings of 0.8m, 1.5m, 3m, and infinity – just like the famous Lomo LC-A+ camera!
NEW: A standard flash hotshoe allows you to easily sync an electronic flash to the Lubitel+
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