Posts Tagged ‘Long Exposure Photography’


Lomography Technique – Homemade Negative Scanner

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you only own a 35mm negative scanner, or if you don’t own one at all! Here is a quick technique for scanning negatives with a normal scanner. This technique works brilliantly with Black and White film and is ideal if you are wishing to scan negatives larger than 35mm.

I set this up because I wanted to scan some of my medium format negatives… and here is the first attempt!

Lomography Negative Scan
Lomography Technique – First attempt at using a homemade backlight with a regular scanner

All you need for this to work is a normal flatbed scanner, some plain white paper and a lamp (lamps with a dimmer switch or a low wattage bulb in will work best)

Lomography Negative Scan
I have used an old Canon CanoScan Scanner and a bedside lamp with a dimmer as my backlight

It’s really important to make sure your negatives and your scanner are both clean, as tiny hairs and dust will show up quite easily using this technique. Also be prepared to experiment with the amount of paper you use and the brightness of the lamp, as you may have to change these depending on the original exposure quality on your negative.

Step One
Place your nicely cleaned negative (face down) onto your nicely cleaned scanner.

Step Two
Place your paper on top of your negative, I suggest starting off with trying 5 sheets of paper and adjust the amount accordingly. Obviously less paper lets in more light (you may want to try going down to a minimum of 2 sheets of paper if you have a particularly dark negative to scan)

Step Three
Place your lamp onto or over the paper (make sure you don’t have your bulb touching the paper – You don’t want to start a fire!!!) I suggest the lamp is about 30 to 40cm away from the paper; you can obviously experiment with the distance to get the best results. I also had my lamp on the first (dimmest) dimmer setting.

Step Four
Scan your results in, changing the amount of paper or brightness of the bulb to get the best result.

Step Five
When you are happy with your results, I suggest scanning them in at the highest dpi setting your scanner will do! Enjoy!

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan

Lomography Negative Scan
I personally really like the effects you get when you make the lamp brighter and add more paper on top of the negative, it captures the grain of the paper in the scanned image to give your end result a real grainy and sometimes misty effect.

Night Photography

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Here is a collection of Long Exposure Night Photographs taken on a Vivitar v3800n. For these shots I used a tripod and a shutter release cable. I used the shutter release to keep the shutter open for long periods of time, which enabled me to capture as much natural light as possible. The exposure times in these photographs range from between 3 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on the light conditions at the time. The tripod is simply used to keep the camera steady (avoiding blurry images).

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Analogue Night Photography

Long Exposure Photography

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Long exposure photography is simply the use of a long-duration shutter speed when taking a photograph. This technique is commonly used in poor light conditions or at night because more light can be absorbed by leaving the camera’s shutter open for a longer period of time.

The basic concept is that, the longer you leave the shutter open, the brighter the image will become. So this is a very useful technique when taking photographs in low light conditions.

One main point to note when taking a long exposure shot, is that anything that moves while the camera’s shutter is open will become blurred. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that you use a tripod when producing a long exposure photograph.

"Marazion Beach"