Pinching for pennies but love the Lomographic spirit of trial and error? Grab some generic, cheapy film and redscale it. The results are simply gorgeous.
As a college student, most of my hard earned money goes to food, school tuition, gas, and overpriced textbooks. Ah how my soul longs to purchase expensive slide films and fancy cameras….but we have to face reality. So when I stumbled upon some CVS film at the drugstore, I figured the cost is right: a 4 pack of generic color negative film for about $2.50.
There are many tutorials here on how to create your own redscale. Here’s a great link.
However, for my purposes, I used 1 roll and unspooled it in the dark. Then I cut off the film strip, flipped it, taped the cut edges together, and wound it back into the canister. This way, there is no need to waste a whole roll of film by emptying a canister in the light.
I shot this roll in my beloved Diana Mini, making sure there was ample light while using the “cloudy” aperture. The exposed side of the redscale film is much less sensitive to light than the normal side. I found that this was an excellent opportunity to try some multiple exposure techniques, as the results will be less prone to overexposure.
The photos had the perfect dreamy, orange/red tone that I simply adore. Redscale is a beautiful medium to shoot, as a lot of our fellow Lomographers have seen for themselves. Make your own redscale, it’s so worth the time!