Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Pinhole Photography.
So it's my second day, but my first "real" day, in college and it was spent at the Dean Gallery here in Edinburgh doing a workshop in Pinhole cameras. Pinhole cameras have always interested me; I'm really into the super experimental, different every time aspect of plastic cameras and how much more experimental can you get than pinhole?

We started off making our cameras and I used an old cigarette packet. I'd completely forgotten to take my own light tight container along and this was all I had to use in the bottom of my bag. I still think it turned out pretty well.

We've also been giving a workbook to fill which eventually be marked and go towards our final grade. I thought I'd show you my pinhole page! I took apart my camera and stuck it in and it also include a print from todays work. The writing next to the photograph explains why it didn't quite turn out; it turns out the chemicals and the paper were both expired! Better luck next time.

Hopefully I'll be able to update within the next week or two with some better results!

I don't have long on the internet (I'm currently being unsocial at a friends place) so I can't leave links but websites like and several others have kits you can buy to create your own pinhole camera or you can just make your own like I did! An advantage of buying a kit, however, is knowing that it is 100% light tight and it looks pretty. But an advantage of a home made one like mine is knowing that you made it yourself. That alone is a pretty good feeling. I'm looking at possibly buying a kit (you can pay anywhere from £10 to £50) for future projects.
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Saturday, 28 August 2010
Polaroid in the news.

So it seems Polaroid is in the news again! Here are a couple of articles I stumbled across today, a couple are new and a couple are pretty old but still every bit as interesting. The camera in the above photo is definitely one of my favourites. I have owned one and I'm desperate to get my hands on one again.

Also, I'm going to be offline for a while. Hopefully not long! But our internet is due to get cut off at any minute due to an imminent flat move that's happening in just 4 days! I also start college on Monday. I'm doing Photography and I'm super excited! Wish me luck!
posted by AnalogAlex at 21:55 - 2 comments

Friday, 27 August 2010
Diana Mini Love: shall we make a book together?
Diana Mini Love: shall we make a book together?

Another post about the fantastic Diana Mini Love!

Elle over at DML has written asking for people that are interested in collaborating on a book based purely on the Mini and to say I love it would be an understatement. If I'm not taking pictures, I'm looking at them. If I'm not looking at pictures, I'm reading about cameras. So what more could I want than a book based on my favourite camera? A book based on my favourite camera that I've helped out on, obviously. I can't wait to participate; I really hope it comes to something and if you love the Mini, you should think about joining also.
posted by AnalogAlex at 23:41 - 2 comments
Diana Mini.

Released in late 09, the Diana Mini camera is the baby sister of the cult classic Diana F+. This little girl has style pouring out of every orrifice and enough features to satisfy even the fussiest of lomographers. But, unlike the classic Diana which uses 120 film, the Mini uses 35mm film. So not only is it small enough to keep in your pocket or around your neck always, a stylish accessory and easy to use, it's also not going to blow the budget. 35mm film can still be picked up pretty much anywhere and you won't struggle to find someone who can develop it.

With a flick of the small switch on the back, you can switch between the classic, retro square frame to the awesome half-frame (an added feature) meaning the amount of shots you can take on one roll is instantly doubled! As Lomo points out, it's almost like you can shoot forever.

Long exposures are also now a possibility with the "B" setting. Push the little switch on the side of the lens to "B" and hold that pretty little shutter open as long as you like. Spin it around to create pretty light streaks. The possibilites really are endless and all you need to do it switch it back to the "N" setting to return to simple shots. The tripod mount and cable release attachment (a Diana first!) just make it that little bit easier. Other options are multiple exposures and overlapping frames. The fun never has to end.

Not only can you choose exposure settings but with the Mini, you can now choose your own focal distance from a choice of four, ranging from far in the distance to right up close.

I've had my little girl for a little under two weeks now and I've only removed it from around my neck to sleep. Even then, it was like tugging heart strings; I could never be without it now. Despite having the half frame option, and it was used, my favourite is still the classic square frame. The above shots are some from my first roll develop.

Before making the plunge and buying her, I'd wanted her since her release was announced and I've trawled the web reading everything about her but my ultimate favourite website was another blog. Diana Mini Love is an amazing blog dedicated solely to the Mini written by London based Elle. It's fun, it's informative and I've spent a good deal of my online time here. I wait patiently for new posts and I'm sure you will too.
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