What Is Analogue Photography
The term ‘analogue photography’ or ‘film photography’ refers to photography using a camera and film. With each click of the camera, light interacts with the chemicals in the film and an image is recorded. The collected images in your roll of film, with the help of photo labs, is then subjected to photographic processing, which makes the images come to life.
What Is Analogue Photography
Because you like surprises. Because you don’t mind a little waiting. There is no LCD screen to check your shots, but that’s what makes it exciting! You’ll only see the images you captured after the film roll has been processed, scanned and printed. This can take an hour (more or less) but Lomographers will testify that the wait is part of the thrill!
Getting into the analogue lifestyle requires a bit of patience and dedication, but the experience is worth it. Analogue photography fans are also enthusiastic about the unique appeal that you can only get from shooting with film – the colours are warmer, the saturation more dramatic (‘wild’ if you wish) and the film grain adds more soul and character to your images. Analogue photos evoke nostalgic and dreamy memories.
How To Get Started
Lomography boasts an extensive collection of cameras, films and accessories to help you get started. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, you’ll find the perfect analogue tools just for you in the Lomography online shop or in any of the Lomography Gallery Stores! Come visit and see our exciting line-up of 35mm, medium-format, multi-lensed, Fisheye, panoramic, pinhole and instant cameras and accessories; for emulsions, we offer all kinds of 35mm and 120 film – Color Negative, Slides, Redscale, Black & White, both fresh and expired. There are so many creative choices to jumpstart your analogue adventures!
And check out the Lomography Magazine section - Here you’ll find helpful info, news, tips and inspiring stories shared by the Lomography community – And they’re all related to analogue lifestyle and photography!
Best to start with a 35mm camera – the film can be conveniently processed at your local photo lab. The Lomo LC-A+ is our top choice; it is compact, easy to use, and delivers breathtaking photographs! Have a look at the Gallery and see for yourself.
Beginners will also find the Lomography Multilens cameras such as the Supersampler, Actionsampler and Oktomat fun and ideal for casual shooting – these cameras take sequential shots in one 35mm print. The Fisheye 2 allows you to take pictures in a 170-degree perspective.
If you’re ready to move on from 35mm, try medium-format cameras such as the Diana F+ or the Holga CFN 120, which use 120 film (12 to 16 exposures per roll) and produce square shots. Expect soft-focused images with heavy vignetting and light leaks.
Have a look at the Lomography online shop to find complete specs and information on all Lomography cameras.
What To Expect
Light leaks, blank shots and happy accidents – these are all but normal with your first few rolls. But don’t give up! It takes some practice but you’ll get the hang of it. Our tip? Make sure that you read the instructions. Sometimes even Lomography veterans forget about taking the lens cap off! Experimenting with your photos by trying out tips and techniques can give you bizarre results, so don’t feel too bad if your photos are nothing like how you planned them to be. Most Lomographers are actually happy to find light leaks and “mistakes” that occur as they shoot – these “flaws” make your Lomographs even more interesting and unique! It’s also best to keep in mind that different film labs do not use the same chemicals and calibrations, so you’ll get varied results with your photos.
Who We Are…
Lomography is a Magazine, Shop and Community dedicated to analogue photography.
It all began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when two students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat - a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded by the mind-blowing photos it produced - the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot - it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic analogue photography that we now know as Lomography!
- Vignetting – The shadowy, dark corners present on photographic prints which emphasize the photo’s subject and create depth in a photograph.
- Light leaks – White or red streaks on film created by stray light that enters a camera body. While originally accidental, creating light leaks on images is now a well-known technique used by plastic camera photographers.
- 135 – Also called 35mm; the most common film format.
- 120 – A type of paper-backed film used in various medium format cameras like the Diana+ and Lubitel 166+