Perhaps no other camera puts the fun in Lomography quite like this one. After all, not only do you get to shoot manually on film, but with the Konstruktor you also get to build your own 35mm camera! Billed as ‘the world’s only plastic, fully-functional single-lens reflex (SLR) camera’, as a build-it-yourself the Konstruktor provides a hands-on, up-close view of the inner workings of a camera—thereby helping to demystify the process of photography. Once you’ve learned the camera’s mechanics, you’ll know exactly how and why the changes you make to each of its settings will affect the image you capture. READ MORE
The Diana F Instant is one of two cameras available at London Drugs that are iconic to Lomography (the Konstruktor is the other).
“The Diana camera is a plastic-bodied box camera using 120 roll film and 35 mm film. The camera has a simple plastic meniscus lens. Originally marketed as an inexpensive novelty gift item, the Diana has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionistic photographs somewhat reminiscent of the Pictorialist Period of artistic photography, but using contemporary themes and concepts, known as Lomography.
October 19th, 2014 is World Toy Camera Day!
No, this does not refer to the Viewmaster or Fisher-Price you had as a kid (although if you still have one of these in your possession then let me say that you, sir or madam, are awesome).
Anyway, in non-toddler photography circles, toy cameras refer to affordable low-tech cameras like the Holga, Lubitel and of course, two of the Lomography movement’s most iconic cameras: the Diana and the Konstruktor, both currently available at London Drugs.
Every two years, over 184,000 consumers and professionals descend on Cologne, Germany for Photokina. The focal point of the six day event is all things imaging. Picture the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but specifically geared towards photography, and with a European flair.
“If it’s got something to do with a camera, it’s going to be at Photokina” says Darren Bilawchuk, Camera buyer for London Drugs. “At CES a few years ago everyone was looking for the next big and exciting thing like the 3D TV for example. At Photokina this year it wasn’t one big exciting thing, there were tons of gems”.
By Brett Mineer
On a recent road-trip I decided to leave my digital SLR at home. Instead, I opted to rely on my iPhone to capture all the scenic panoramas and selfies for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. At first glance, the results looked fine. Back at home however, the larger screen revealed a slight blur or graininess to the image. In fact, the larger the screen was the worse the results. Printing or enlarging many of my favourites was out of the question.
By Angela Ford
Photo editing gets such a bad rap: you smooth out a few dimples on a supermodel, and the media throws a hissy fit.
The photo editing I am talking about, however, is not the type that makes you look younger, slimmer, and dimple-free. Photo-editing programs are digital darkrooms, where you can tweak the different elements of a photo to make it look its best.
Since getting bit by the photo-editing bug, I edit every single photo I keep. It takes just a few minutes, but the transformation is well worth it. READ MORE
By Angela Ford, photo blogger
You may have a beautiful DSLR camera with fancy lenses and a big skookum tripod, but if you’re like me, you take most of your pictures with your phone. Unfortunately, many smartphone photos look like smartphone photos—grainy, badly lit, not something you can print out and put on your wall.
Fear not, help is here! READ MORE