Skip to comments.Lomography: The Digital Photo Sceptics Strike Back [digital copies,upload,process analogue]
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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I still love film and vinyl
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.
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.
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.
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”
Lomo cameras were crappy even by Soviet standards.
I have no clue what you are saying........
IMHO digital filters can not reproduce the effects of film.
I still love film and vinyl
LOL sorry ,that’s sounds , ah , kinky
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.
Some of the HD video lives here:
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.
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.
Its a personal preference.
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that)
At least to my eye.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a bunch of old film cameras that I shoot with on a semi-regular basis.
Mamiya 1000 TL
Rolliecord something or other (forget the model)
Nikon FM2 N
Yashica Zoom Image 38-90
Minolta Freedom Dual 60
Canon AE-1 Program
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.
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.
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.
That’s photoshop so I could have made the vignette star shaped or any other shape if I wanted.
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.
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.
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.”
this lomo is reverse engineered Cosina. not bad at all. more reliable than Olympus XA1.
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.
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.
Given a choice between a Cosina and a Soviet knockoff thereof, I’d take the Cosina.
Thanks for posting that link!
Nice, France, Outdoor Market. Fuji Velvia 50.
Me too, bro!
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.
Those are some lovely shots!
A Hasselblad 500cm makes a good medium format camera.
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.
I agree, but something like an older Mamiya 645 of RZ67 is more in my price range.
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.