7 December 2008

Sunday Viewing: Lomo









Take it easy today, relax and take the time to recharge for the new week.

I thought I would post this documentary, made a few years back by the BBC, on the rise of Lomography. Since this was originally broadcast, Lomography has risen from strength to strength and is indeed as this moment highly popular. Unfortunately one drawback that I find, similar to the advent of digital photography, is that of the 'lazy', for want of a better word, photographer. I feel that as is the nature of mass availability and popularity, many do not take the time or feel the need to learn the basics of the artform. That being said, I feel the best way to learn about photography is to experiment and have fun. Regardless of whether you are using a film or digital format, however many photographs you are taking now - take more!

I think one of the best introductions to learning about photography is actually through a film camera. Inevitably with new technology, tasks are made simpler, and the same is the case with photography - the digital camera does much of the work for the photographer. Therefore, taking the time to learn those skills manually, will invariably help the photographer gain a better understanding and appreciation. Constantly taking shots on a digital camera can also help in terms of learning about composition, perspective and the general Rule of Thirds. I find myself learning more about photography the more I shoot, and hopefully I will one day be in a position to be regarded as a 'good' photographer, whatever that term may truly mean.

With regards to Lomography in particular, I would urge those interested in purchasing cameras, other than the Holga and Diana products, not to do so from their online store. For the old Russian SLRs and vintage film cameras, it is far cheaper to buy them second hand or on eBay. Indeed the joy of finding an elusive and rare camera in a second hand store for mere pennies is thrilling in itself. From my personal experience, I bought a rare Zenit SLR for only £3 on eBay, yet had I purchased a more common model of the camera through Lomography, I would have been forced to shell out over £120. So shop around and hopefully you will find a lovely camera, with which you can learn and enjoy photography.

Remember, have fun and always have a camera by your side!

Currently playing: Nocturne in E Flat, Op.9 No.2 - Frederic Chopin (played by Sergei Rachmaninoff)

xxxx

26 comments:

  1. interesting stuff. i've been wanting to take a photography class for years, but time and money have eluded me so I just might be tempted to teach myself. let's see how well that works out!

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  2. very very cool. I need to recharge the batteries in my life, too.

    Thanks.

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  3. Yes, very interesting...
    I need to take my camera with me more.

    xoxo

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  4. I didn't know anything about lomography, and now I can learn. Thanks!

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  5. DK, thank you sooo much for this :D I have wanted a camera from the Lomography website for a while now, but after your suggestion, I'll just look harder for a better price. I've been eyeing the Oktomat style.

    peace&love
    nicole.

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  6. Thanks. So glad you liked it. It's such a shame I cannot draw, though.. oh well.

    Oh and I nominated for you to go next!! :)

    xx

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  7. i had no idea what lomography is--quite interesting to know!!!
    xx

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  8. Thanks for the note. I have my work cut out for me with the newt/amy/billy in limbo..so to speak.

    Thanks so much.

    thanks for inspiring the photographer in me..I wish.

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  9. very cool tips honey and useful!i like your new header dear.
    muah xx
    marian

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  10. I have never seen it. I will have to find a moment to come back and watch it.

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  11. Sound advice, DK! Love your music choice :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  12. wow! i really like the new header!

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  13. I think lomo encourages very casual photography, which makes sense from a digital standpoint but far less so from a film one.

    Just bought a Blackbird, fly twin reflex lens camera - I heartily suggest it to you sir.

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  14. HA i gave dru the Diana last year.. and i have yet to see any photos from it.

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  15. lomography website is dangerous.. I like to buy everything they have...

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  16. I really love these videos. Good post!!

    Tart

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  17. i have a colorsplash lomo camera which i don't know how to use. too bad. i got it as a present. love the videos!

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  18. I agree, experimentation,practice and having fun is the key.

    Film will always be my first love... the anticiaption of waitng what's on the roll of film is always exciting.

    Going back to basics is always good.

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  19. As I've said before I spent two years working a analogue camera before I was allowed to touch a digital camera. When I finally got to working with a digital camera everything I learnt help me shoot smarter.

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  20. Very interesting...I like photography and would love an old school camera with film but I have no clue about these things. My brother took a photography course and took some beautiful shots though

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  21. i've been wanting to take a photography class for so long.. I really need to get on that. Very much enjoyed this post!

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  22. you should post up more of your work :)
    and you def make a point when you say we should all learn with film first.

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  23. i gave you a bloooog award! cuz you're awesome. ;)

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  24. That is sooo interesting... awesome post :)

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  25. I can't see the photos
    hmm
    my photos always fall in quality because I use a digi cam; I remember when my photos were much better, when I got them developed and I used a film cam...but oh well
    nothing beats comfort right

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