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Lomography for Noobs


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This presentation introduces the concept of Lomography, some of the tools of the trade, and techniques for making great Lomographic pictures.

This presentation introduces the concept of Lomography, some of the tools of the trade, and techniques for making great Lomographic pictures.

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  • 1. This presentation was prepared for attendees of Barcamp Auckland on Saturday 16th July, 2011. It’s not endorsed by Lomography.
    All photographs are property of Anthea Whittle, except product photographs which are sourced via
  • 2. What to expect
    What is Lomography?
    The Ten Golden Rules
    Diana F+ and Diana Mini
    Photo Recipes
    Real live conversation!
  • 3. Snapshot
    • I like taking pictures!
    • 4. The community and marketing of Lomography has great personality.
    • 5. I’m a nerd – it’s easy to be overwhelmed with trying to master photography
    • 6. The toys are awesome
    • 7. It’s fun!
  • What is Lomography?
    “Lomography is a Magazine, a Shop, and a Community dedicated to analogue photography”
    In the ‘90’s, two friends discovered the LomoKompakt Automat – a camera which created images like they had never seen before, with vibrant coloursand vignettes circling each photo.
    The Lomography LC-A was discovered, and remains the “original” Lomo camera.
  • 8. The Site
    • Like Flickr, on but drunk, eclectic, and for Lomography
    • 9. Upload and tag photos, build your Lomohomealbums and Lomowalls
    • 10. Earn Piggy Points for store credit
    • 11. Read and write Tipsters
    • 12. Enter Rumbles
    • 13. Browse images by tag, camera, country, photographer, film
    • 14. Buy cameras and accessories from the store – there’s always a deal on
    • 15. GreateDM’s
  • What is Lomography?
    Many people also use the term “Lomography” to describe the style of photography. Lomographic photos are:
    Taken with “toy” cameras – particularly popular are the
    Holga and Diana
    Characterised by vignettes, light leaks, film grain, textures, dreamy soft focus
    Always analogue – 35mm and 120mm film formats
    A bit different!
  • 16. “I’ve got Instagram”
    Instagram, Hipstamatic, Infinicam, Camera+ and such mimic the characteristics of lomographic and other styles of photography.
    With Lomography, you have:
    One moment captured with one image, which may look technically “bad”, but which will capture your memory with room for your own elaboration on the story.
  • 22. Don’t think, Just shoot.
  • 23. Rule 1
    Take your camera
  • 24. Rule 2
    Use it any time
  • 25. Rule 3
    Lomography is not an interference to your life, but
  • 26. Rule 4
    Try the shot from
  • 27. Rule 5
    Approach the subjects of your Lomographic desire as
  • 28. Rule 6
  • 29. Rule 7
  • 30. Rule 8
    You don’t have to know beforehand what you
  • 31. Rule 9
  • 32. Rule 10
    Don’t worry about
  • 33. Meet Diana
    The original Diana was created in the 1960’s by the Great Wall Plastics Company in China.
    It was created for promotions, and cost about $1 to make each. It was a failure.
    In the early 1970’s, production ceased.
    Artists loved the images from Diana cameras, and hunted them out for their dreamy soft focus, sharp saturated colours, and unpredictable blurring and light leaks.
    The Lomographic Society International decided to recreate the Diana, and add some new features. The Diana F+ was released in 2007.
    The Diana F+
  • 34. Clones
    The original Diana inspired other companies to produce “clones”.
    Clones usually had additional features, shapes and colours.
    Dianas were also produced for clients like the Readers Digest as giveaways and promo gear.
    Keeping with tradition, Lomography also produce clones for special events.
    There are clones for music artists, characters and designers.
    There was also a special release to raise funds for the Japan tsunami this year.
  • 35. Diana Mini
    The little princess, with some extra features over her big sister:
    • Up to 36 square images to 35mm film
    • 36. Or 72 images in Half Frame format
    • 37. B setting for long exposures
    • 38. Cable release
    • 39. Multiple exposures
    • 40. Flash compatible
    • 41. Super light and compact
    • 42. 35mm film which is easy to develop
  • Photo Recipes
    Kodak Gold 200 film, slightly cloudy/bright winter light. Half frame format. “Cloudy” aperture setting. One double exposure, one single exposure. Mini.
  • 43. Photo Recipes
  • Photo Recipes
    Kodak Gold 200 film. night/low light. F+ flash with pink light filter.
    Half frame format. “Cloudy” aperture setting. Mini.
  • 50. Photo Recipes
    Scanned on a flatbed scanner using the Digitaliza 35mm Film Scanning Mask to show Sprocket holes.
  • 57. Photo Recipes
    Flash fires when the shutter is released to stop motion in the main scene.
    Holding the shutter open creates light trails in a night scene where there are lights ahead of the lens.
  • 64. Photo Recipes
    The camera was held steady on railing.
    First exposure was made when the jumper was on the board.
    Second exposure in mid air.
    Creates a “ghost” of the areas that have changed in the image between exposures.
  • 70. Photo Recipes
    Exposures were taken quite quickly in succession to coordinate the different horizon lines.
    First exposure: Solid shapes in upper half stay distinctive.
    Second exposure: sky upper half, solid shapes in bottom half.
  • 76. ThanksBarcampers!