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Lomography: The Digital Photo Sceptics Strike Back [digital copies,upload,process analogue]
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7:20AM BST 20 Aug 2011 | Shane Richmond, Head of Technology

Posted on 08/21/2011 4:45:30 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

As digital photography grows, an analogue company, Lomography, is growing interest in its range of striking and unusual cameras.

When a pair of Austrian students found an old Russian camera, the Lomo Kompakt Automat, in the early 1990s, they were surprised and delighted by the unpredictable images it produced.

The saturated colours and slightly blurry photos had a distinctive look. The pair travelled to Saint Petersberg in Russia to sign a worldwide distribution deal with the manufacturer.

The Lomography movement grew quickly, with users all over the world returning to analogue ways just as digital photography was growing in popularity. They followed the '10 Golden Rules' established by the company's founders, including 'try a shot from the hip' and 'don't think'.

Lomography fans make digital copies of their photos, which they upload to the internet and share - the website at the time of writing says that more than 7,000 photos have been uploaded in the last hour - but the process is determinedly analogue. Photographers seek out expired film or use slide film to exaggerate the effects produced by the camera.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Technical
KEYWORDS: analogue; lomo; lomography; lomokompaktautomat; photography; photoshop

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1 posted on 08/21/2011 4:45:40 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I still love film and vinyl


2 posted on 08/21/2011 4:48:01 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Good cos I am retarded when it comes to digital and I still use film.

I have an Olympus point and shoot that is about 20 years old and works great even though I have taken it to the beach for years.


3 posted on 08/21/2011 4:48:01 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: fight_truth_decay
they were surprised and delighted by the unpredictable images it produced

In other words, it was bad color photography. Got it.

Actually, that contrasty, saturated look can easily be created with various kinds of filters in Photoshop.

4 posted on 08/21/2011 4:57:33 PM PDT by GoodDay (Palin for POTUS 2012)
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To: yldstrk

I still have my Mamiya DTL1000 and I also shoot with a digital SLR. I want to also try medium format, so I am looking for a good used Mamiya 645 or RZ67.


5 posted on 08/21/2011 4:57:42 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I bought a LOMO around 1975 tho it was a twin lens reflex instead of the later LOMOs.

It was a good picture taker tho not in the same class as a Rolleiflex or even a Yashica Mat.

I still remember the translation of the name of the company. “Leningrad Optical Mechanical Works Amalgamated”


6 posted on 08/21/2011 4:58:53 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: GoodDay

Lomo cameras were crappy even by Soviet standards.


7 posted on 08/21/2011 4:59:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

lol

I have no clue what you are saying........


8 posted on 08/21/2011 5:01:19 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Army Air Corps
Thank you. The Trabant of the photography world. I can produce the lomo effect in photoshop to display the differences.

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9 posted on 08/21/2011 5:09:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: GoodDay

IMHO digital filters can not reproduce the effects of film.


10 posted on 08/21/2011 5:09:48 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: al baby

I still love film and vinyl

LOL sorry ,that’s sounds , ah , kinky


11 posted on 08/21/2011 5:19:31 PM PDT by molson209
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To: al baby

I miss working in a darkroom. It has been probably 2002 or so since I last used a film camera. These days I use a T2i since it does HD video (primarily a TV person years ago) and good 18 MP images.

I had 20 & 50Ds and 3/4 of the functions I really never used that much.

Most of what I did was virtual tour, ebay sales, events, and the odd model.

A few of the newer albums here are off the T2i.

http://tysonneil.smugmug.com/

Some of the HD video lives here:

http://footage.shutterstock.com/g/tysonneil

The ones in question would be the old style campground wide shot and some concrete pouring taken at my neighbors and here when we got the driveway redone.

As fast as equipment becomes obsolete I couldn’t see plunking down for a 60D.


12 posted on 08/21/2011 5:19:31 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Richard Avedon was my idea of the ultimate professional photographer. I'm not sure but I don't think he ever used a digital camera for his work. Always a Hasselblad or a view camera.

13 posted on 08/21/2011 5:24:46 PM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Thats one sharp looking photo. Love the effect.
14 posted on 08/21/2011 5:31:26 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

Its a personal preference.

(Not that there’s anything wrong with that)


15 posted on 08/21/2011 5:35:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: cripplecreek
Closer but a ways to go. the first picture screams film yours speaks color saturation. Too perfect, note that the first film drops out the darks and is contrasty in a non linear way.

At least to my eye.

16 posted on 08/21/2011 5:36:38 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like some vignetting, some oversaturation of colors, and something going on with the dynamic range so more of the image falls off into black.


17 posted on 08/21/2011 5:37:18 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: American in Israel

I could have adjusted it but I just used a lomo effect action I grabbed off the net for a quicky demonstration of the effect.


18 posted on 08/21/2011 5:40:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: cripplecreek
CC - I use photoshop quite a bit but am still learning. Where can I find this ‘ Lomo ‘ affect online. I really like it and would like to apply it to some of the vintage photographs I have collected just to see what happens.
19 posted on 08/21/2011 5:51:29 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

You’ll need photoshop. But when I need something like that I just google “Photoshop + actions”.

These days I mostly just make my own actions for photoshop.


20 posted on 08/21/2011 5:54:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: cripplecreek
I mostly just make my own actions for photoshop.

wow...well, I can hope to be that good some day. My restoration skills have come a long, long way but I am still a rank novice compared to some folks.

21 posted on 08/21/2011 5:58:50 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: yldstrk

I have a bunch of old film cameras that I shoot with on a semi-regular basis.

Mamiya 1000 TL
Praktica MTL-5
Rolliecord something or other (forget the model)
Nikon FM2 N
Minolta XG-1
Petra 7S
Yashica Zoom Image 38-90
Minolta Freedom Dual 60
Canon AE-1 Program
DeJur Rangefinder

Probably more. I buy one every time I find it.

I’ve thought about getting a FED 50 or a Lomo or something, but I don’t shoot enough with film to justify buying another camera.

I like the look of film, and it’s fun to shoot on film, but for most of my day-to-day photography, I can approximate it closely enough in a photo editor that it is not worth it to go to the extra trouble. Most people can’t tell the difference, anyway.


22 posted on 08/21/2011 6:00:30 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: cripplecreek

Cool, but I’ve never seen a camera that makes a rectangular vignette!

I think that’s the downfall of lots of these types of filters...they don’t take into account that the “rectangle” of the film frame has no effect on the light entering it.


23 posted on 08/21/2011 6:03:13 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: warsaw44

Online tutorials.

I started out with some online courses through the community college but found that I actually learned more from free tutorials on line.

One of the sites I keep handy for when I need to try something new.

http://www.photoshopmosaic.com/


24 posted on 08/21/2011 6:03:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

That’s photoshop so I could have made the vignette star shaped or any other shape if I wanted.


25 posted on 08/21/2011 6:05:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: avenir

Wow. A picture that says so much about the subject.

I’ve always said that you could hand a master photographer an old Kodak box camera and they’d still produce something great.


26 posted on 08/21/2011 6:05:40 PM PDT by M1903A1
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To: cripplecreek
Thanks CC.
Is using photoshop your profession? editing work, restoration etc.
27 posted on 08/21/2011 6:18:54 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: FLAMING DEATH
I have an old Kodak Instamatic 44 (ca. 1969) plastic tourist-issue brownie-type camera. It shoots C-126 film (they used to have Ektachrome and Kodacolor, as well as Kodachrome and various pan films in that size) and I still have two exposed cassettes that I'd like to have developed somewhere. I even have a cassette, unexposed, still in foil in the refrigerator. I haven't found anyone in Houston who can help me. I think the last time I had some of those cassettes developed was about 2002. Can someone suggest somewhere to try?
28 posted on 08/21/2011 6:22:56 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: warsaw44

I make a few bucks in photography and make a few bucks selling photoshop artwork online and off.

I’m not gonna get rich in this economy.


29 posted on 08/21/2011 6:25:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: lentulusgracchus

http://www.dwaynesphoto.com/newsite2006/disc-126-film.html

I googled and that was the first that came up. You might be able to find others.

“Because it is 35mm wide and is developed in industry-standard C-41 process chemistry, processing of currently available 126 films is readily available, as long as the photofinisher knows that it is standard, 35mm, C-41 film. Many photofinishers are not aware of this, so it is important to inform them. Printing the photos can present problems, because modern film processing equipment often cannot handle the square format of 126 film. There are specialist photographic suppliers who can correctly process and print 126 film. Many standard flatbed scanners that have a light source for scanning films can be used to scan 126 negatives. All that is required is a simple black mask, which can easily be made with black paper.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126_film


30 posted on 08/21/2011 6:29:30 PM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: Army Air Corps
>>>Lomo cameras were crappy even by Soviet standards.<<<<

this lomo is reverse engineered Cosina. not bad at all. more reliable than Olympus XA1.

31 posted on 08/21/2011 7:16:31 PM PDT by DTA (U.S. Centcom vs. U.S. AFRICOM)
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To: UB355

I was looking at some photos I scanned into my computer and was awed by the density of the film images versus what I normally shoot digitally.


32 posted on 08/21/2011 7:20:38 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: cripplecreek

Similar story but have never sold a thing online. My smugmug and shutterstock galleries have helped me get jobs and make a little money in the stock game.


33 posted on 08/21/2011 7:26:12 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: DTA

Given a choice between a Cosina and a Soviet knockoff thereof, I’d take the Cosina.


34 posted on 08/21/2011 8:08:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
Thanks much for the links! Appreciate it.
35 posted on 08/21/2011 8:09:34 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for posting that link!


36 posted on 08/21/2011 8:13:05 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Or, you could use a $50 pre-war Rolleiflex (1938 Automat, Zeiss Jena Tessar, 3.5) and actually think about your image:

Nice, France, Outdoor Market. Fuji Velvia 50.

37 posted on 08/21/2011 11:18:56 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: rabidralph
For my film photography, get ready for color explosions! Almost exclusively Fuji Velvia 50, scanned well:

http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=3774365

38 posted on 08/21/2011 11:22:47 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: al baby

Me too, bro!


39 posted on 08/22/2011 12:26:09 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: cripplecreek

Very cool. And close, I suppose! One thing digitals will never be effective at, however (at least with conventional electronics) is astrophotography involving exposures of several minutes or hours.


40 posted on 08/22/2011 12:32:21 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Uncle Miltie

Those are some lovely shots!


41 posted on 08/22/2011 12:37:43 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Army Air Corps

A Hasselblad 500cm makes a good medium format camera.


42 posted on 08/22/2011 12:55:19 AM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: FLAMING DEATH

I have been told that film has more color information than what is possible from the digital camera sensor. However, to get the maximum benefit from that film, one must put it through a negative scanner. Such scanners are more able to reproduce the full range of color information than the digital camera sensors. You will find that image will print out more brilliant colors off your computer printer than you will have from photographic paper. Photographic paper has always been the Achilles heal of photography. With the aid of the digital negative scanner, film photography has a rebirth in brilliant photos.

I have seen perfect 2’ x 3’ photos come off digital printers that took a few minutes to set up in photo shop. I have watched someone take hours dialing in the perfect color print from an enlarger and conventional color chemistry.


43 posted on 08/22/2011 1:19:21 AM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: jonrick46

I agree, but something like an older Mamiya 645 of RZ67 is more in my price range.


44 posted on 08/22/2011 6:09:39 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Uncle Miltie
and actually think about your image

I now if it is art you are going for, art sometimes happens as the camera becomes the third eye what your trained eyes miss. I mean we can get all gimmicky for art, but if moving past a staged image is most rewarding..this article gives a layperson/student/younger generation a chance to experience the old in photography and at an affordable price.

Art sometimes happens by accident and the digital cameras or automatics can make it less of a chance to be surprised. Sure photoshop is awesome if the handler knows what he or she is doing to move past the usual steps. But is it still like coloring within the lines? Someone has made it easier-should art be made easy and then is it pure in its artform?

....the camera you mentioned also interested me..I have some shots taken in France as well, I favor. Yours is an excellent one.


45 posted on 08/22/2011 8:35:26 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: cripplecreek
Here are some useful photo reference/training sites:

The Strobist Blog

Maine Media Workshops for film and photography

PSD Tuts

Richard Harrington's Photoshop and AE tutorials on Creativecow.net

Creative Cow Dot Net Tutorials

Adobe TV

Photoshop Cafe

Digital Juice TV B&H Photo Training page B&H also is a great, reliable source for all electronics gear.

HDSLR Learning Guide from B&H

Photoflex Lighting tutorials

Friday Photo School

Photo District News

Scott Kelby's Training site for Photoshop users

Kelby's Live Seminars for Photoshop users

National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Share photos on rrripple

46 posted on 08/22/2011 4:09:49 PM PDT by rabidralph
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