Play With Your Negatives


That’s right, you heard it! Sometimes it’s ok not to think too much about what camera to use, which settings you apply and the angle that you pick! Instead let your film have some fun! And certainly, there are many ways on how you can make a film enjoy such thing like this one I did.

How ‘bout bringing the caption into the picture? Instead of playing around too much with my cameras, I simply had my negatives developed, dug out my old typewriter from the basement and started writing all over them!


  • Have your negatives developed at your favourite film lab.
  • Dig out your old typewriter
  • Smear typex on the letters
  • Start writing!

written by newepug on 2009-03-04 #gear #tutorials #film #analogue #labrats #tipster #typewriter


  1. butchcomer
    butchcomer ·

    This is something I'd like to try!
    What is this typex of which you speak? haha
    Thanks for the cool idea!

  2. yoscolmi
    yoscolmi ·

    yeah! love your results even more than the idea!

    great job!

    i'd love to try that to, but i dont have a typewriter...maybe i can get some cheap one on fleamarket or something...

  3. xbalboax
    xbalboax ·

    wow really great work!

  4. delworth
    delworth ·

    No, seriously, what in the name of love is "typex" (or, as it was spelled in the email, "tipex")? I googled and googled and in the process learned about secret code machines and an Israeli band who formed in 1988 in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, but did not come across anything you can smear on a negative.

  5. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    will seriously try this out!

  6. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    The most beautiful set of shots I have seen in a long time!
    Very poetic!
    I'm filled with wonder!...

  7. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    More info about Tipp-Ex right here:

  8. saviorjosh
    saviorjosh ·

    absolutely brilliant idea! love the vintage feel it adds to the photos!

  9. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Great great work! Fantastic idea and creativity which gives the shots a fascinating dimension! :))

  10. lomollete
    lomollete ·

    Very, very, very, VERY fantastic photos.
    I love them all very much, they're great, but I have a question, Wouldn't the typex turn out black when you reverse the negatives to make the image positive? or do you write on the photo instead than on the negatives? (I hope I'm making myself clear)

  11. rater
    rater ·

    Great concept. Photos are great!!

  12. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    love it.

  13. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    i really liked your very analogue approach while other people choose easier computer-based solution...

  14. weechonghooi
    weechonghooi ·

    wow.. it's a very good technique and tipssss~!!
    I like this a lot~!!

  15. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    the shots look great!!! thanks for sharing. but i don't know if i could write on my negatives...

  16. anelfandhiszippo
    anelfandhiszippo ·

    Impressive result, great gallery!

  17. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    far out wicked!

  18. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    wow, this is a great idea!!
    i love shot 16...i really want a typewriter now!!

  19. mizzfonky
    mizzfonky ·

    must try this ... in Photoshop :-)

  20. milkie
    milkie ·

    Simply beautiful!

  21. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    Excellent !

  22. hanhanb
    hanhanb ·


  23. pedrofelix
    pedrofelix ·


  24. stouf
    stouf ·

    This is soooo good... The idea is great... And you're very creative and add ideas of funny things to do with it !!! I really enjoyed this. Thanks.

  25. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    the shots are already great even without this fantastic idea...thank you for the inspiration

  26. comezone
    comezone ·

    great gallery! congrats

  27. newepug
    newepug ·

    Hi guys, thx for the feedback :) Glad you like it.
    Typex is in fact correction liquid. I guess it is old fashioned now, as it was used to correct spelling mistakes in handwriting or typewriting (it also came in small sheets you could use in a typewriter).
    Lomolette: it remains white because it is opaque and therefore the light from the scanner, or from the enlarger, doesn't go through. The colour of the liquid itself doesn't matter.
    I dod't know if I am allowed a bit of self advertising, but I am publishing a book called "Camera Visibilum", available on the show on the 19th March... Check out my web site soon to get details or email me.

  28. newepug
    newepug ·

    ah ah... forgot to say that a lot of my Typewriter series images are in this book, as well as loads from the Swirls show.

  29. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    sounds stupid when you read it, but... huh... I really like the results, just do not agree with the "don't think" slogan. I think you DO think :)

  30. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Ummm, but when you scan the negative and reverse it, the Typp-Ex will become black, why is it still white on your photos?

  31. ukaaa
    ukaaa ·

    Oh wait it's answered above, sorry! So cool :)

  32. champi
    champi ·

    Awesome tip, congrats for the idea & realization!! Too bad I have no typewriter!

  33. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    Great idea, Fab photos!

  34. newepug
    newepug ·

    thx a lot guys, it's very nice to get this kind of feedback :)

  35. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    Hahaha,I like extreme tips. Good job!

  36. jaminsemirang
    jaminsemirang ·

    Adore number 6

  37. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    Best tipster I've ever read!!

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