Very Beginner’s Guide to Lomography

Hello curious one.

Whether you’re looking for a fascinating hobby, interested in photography, or just into trying new nifty things, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on and discover more about Lomography.

Lomography is the modern revival of analogue photography. Essentially, it’s going back to the raw basics of photography but with a contemporary twist to it.

Over the years fellow photographers have worked on redesigning old film cameras by enhancing their features and modernizing their esthetic appeal. These fellow lomographers even come up with new types of films and ways of processing it, which is how one can obtain amazing original colors.

They have also developed different types of lenses and exiting color flashes. Cameras can range from £25 to £250 but have no fear the cheaper ones are amazing as well.

Here are some good ones to start with:

–  Diana mini : for the more adventurous, amazing versatile features

–  La Sardina:  perfect point and shot camera with possibility of doing some double exposures

–  Colorflash: great for the one who likes colours and partying

–  Fisheye: another good point and shout with a daring lens

According to, there are 10 golden rules to Lomography. I will focus on the ones that I most often follow.


Rule 1, “Take your Camera Everywhere you Go”, coincides perfectly with the 3rd official rule, “Lomography is not an interference in your life, but a part of it.” Most of these cameras are plastic, which means they are pretty light, so bringing them around everywhere is hardly a nuisance. Trust me, you will be glad you brought it along when you are experiencing that moment you wish to immortalize.

The 6th official rule is the hardest one for me to follow: “Don’t think”. There are many self-explanatory reasons as to why it would be difficult to take a photograph without thinking, however I believe another way to think about “Don’t think” is “Go with your Gut Feeling”. Be spontaneous – you’ll thank yourself later.

The 8th and 9th rules “You don’t have to know beforehand what you’ve captured on film”  and “Afterwards either” perfectly define the creative mind set a Lomographer develops (no pun intended). What is so intrinsically different from digital photography is the fact that you cannot see what you’ve just shot until it’s been developed.

Lomography is all about luck, guts, and an unprecedented amount of surprises. This takes us to the final rule “Don’t worry about any rules”.

As I briefly talked about before, film is extremely versatile which means you can obtain many different colorful effects on one same roll of film. You may come across photographs with light leaks or burns but this does not ruin the picture, rather it makes it unique. Analogue photography is often raw because all of the editing takes place each time you manually change the settings. In fact Lomographers never, ever digitally enhance their photographs. All the magic takes place as you pull down the shutter and submerge the film in chemicals in the darkroom.

I hope this has intrigued you to go experiment with other kind of cameras and films. And by cameras i don’t mean your iPhone or Instagram filters – again, analogue photography is about going back to the basics, a sort of guessing game. You don’t get to choose exactly how your photos are going to turn out in the end. Slightly scary but absolutely worth it.

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