~Lomography is style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. There are several camera types that fall under the lomography genre. Among some of the more popular, are the Diana and Holga.~
Definition from thedarkroom.com
Lomo cameras are cheaply constructed analogue cameras and essentially are not far off of basic pin-hole cameras. Due to the way they allow light to leak, colours and shapes can become very distorted. Colours appear very saturated due to the 120 film the camera requires. Film can be moved along when you please meaning double exposures on one frame are possible.
My camera is the Diana F+. For this shoot I used it with the standard lens as well as the telephoto lens. Although I didn’t feel there was much difference between the two. The camera has some basic aperture settings that can be changed. The focus function doesn’t work too well but that is part of the style of lomography. There are also a few basic options to change shutter speeds. This is part of what made the portrait shots less successful in some cases as the camera shake blurred them very much. Yet, in some places this worked well for the style of photographs the camera produces.
My favourite shot I got was this one. I think the double exposure works well due to the extra light allowed in, it gives the image a more faded effect; adding to the dream-like aesthetics these pictures possess.
This image was shot with the telephoto lens for the Diana F+ camera, however I did not notice a dramatic difference from the standard lens. A small area became more exposed than the rest of the image due to light leaks that the camera allows, but I really like this as it is reminiscent of bokeh.
This was one of my only successful indoor photographs. I found that using the camera outside was far more effective due to the light available. The low light inside didn’t expose the film enough, even on longer shutter speeds and with wider aperture settings as it was difficult to find a balance which wouldn’t, in turn, overexpose the frame. I think the reason the subjects in this picture are more visible is due to the multiple exposures. I repeatedly found multiple exposures to be very successful with this camera.
The apparent “movement” that can be seen from the subject adds to the “trippy” feeling of Lomography photographs that is part of their trademark style.
Shooting from the hip is 100% necessary when using a Lomo camera. Many cameras of this type don’t even have a viewfinder but if they do, they are basically a redundant feature. The viewfinder does not show you what the lens is seeing and so, is pretty much pointless. Part of Lomography is the shots not being “perfect” or precisely staged in the way much digital photography is. That is much of the reason, it was really nice to try this technique to loosen up a bit and not be too concerned with creating exact images.
Some pictures weren’t very successful, but Lomography is a very experimental branch of alternative photography, and due to the nature of the cameras isn’t even a skill that can be entirely fine tuned, as the images can always turn out different.
Despite this, I did learn some things about how to improve my Lomo photos.
In my next attempt, I will try a continuous panoramic shot; as well as experiment with the flashbulb and coloured filters.
My Lomography work can also be seen on LomoHome