Marina Barrage

A day at Marina Barrage.

Qiao Fei & The Diana

Nette & The Nikon

The Nice Girl & The Ego Boy.

The Spouse and her kite.

The Ego Boy, The Nikon & The Singapore Skyline.

The Singapore Skyline.

Cheers,
YJ

 

 

 

 

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Diana F+

It’s the end of yet another busy week and we’ll al have to go back to work/school tomorrow. The weekend is always gone in the blink of an eye. I cant wait for another weekend to come. Well, for now, it’s time for some camera fun! 🙂

I’ve finally gotten down to opening and exploring my new Diana Deluxe Kit! The Diana Deluxe Kit basically comes with all the accessories for a Diana F+ (Kit does not include the Diana Instant Back+). It’s a whole lot cheaper to get the whole kit then if you purchased the individual components separately.  I’ve done the math and the difference comes up to about US$100. (Read: WOAH! That’s alot of money)

So here’s the Diana F+.

Diana F+

 

What’s good about the Diana F+ is that it comes with a Cable Release adaptor which means that you’ll be able to take self portraits and long exposures without having to worry about shaky hands! (Bearing in mind that all toy cameras do not come with a self-timer function)

Wait! There’s more! Remember the Instant Back+ that I mentioned earlier? If you haven’t already clicked on the link, a Instant Back+ is an add-on to the Diana F+ to make it an instant camera! Like a FujiFilm Instax! Yes! It allows you to turn all your Diana pictures into instant memories. It uses the same instant film as the Instax, so you dont have to worry about not being able to get the film.

However, some reviews that I’ve been reading about the Instant Back+ haven’t been all pleasant. Pictures get too overexposed or underexposed resulting in white and black pictures respectively.  Having said that, I’ve yet to try it out myself so I’d reserve all comments till I get my hands on one.

I haven’t even had time to take pictures with the Diana, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have many many chances to do so when we head to KL in the next few weeks. I love going out of Singapore. 😉

That’s all for now. For more information about the Diana, do head over to their microsite here!

Gakkenflex TLR

So, I’m thinking of getting yet another toy camera to add to my puny collection. And this time, its the Gakkenflex TLR. Looks like a super old school camera. It is very old school. Did I mention I love old school stuff. Or things that look old school? Here’s a picture.

Gakkenflex

So anyways, been checking out the gakkenflex TLR and I’ve decided that I’m so gonna get one of those as soon as I have time and money. Time? Yes. As soon I have time to spare ’cause its a DIY camera! How cool! You get to build the camera from scratch and it costs much less if you bought the DIY one compared to the ready-made one.

So here is a video of how the Gakkenflex TLR works.

And here is a video of how to assemble the Gakkenflex. (=

Digital to Lomo.

So, you don’t have a holga. And you don’t know where to get one. Or for some reason can’t get your hands on one and you love the effects of lomography. Here’s how to make your digital photos look like one.

Before

After

Step 1: Creating a Vignette

Select the freehand lasso and set feather to about 85px and create a circle around the image.

Create a circle around the image

After you have circled the image, invert the selection. Go to the menu Select>Inverse.
(or you can hold Shift-cmd-l if you are using macbook and Shift-Ctrl-l on windows)

Invert Selection

Then, you’ll have to add a ‘Levels’ layer. To do this, go to Layer>New Adjustment Levels>Layers. Doing so will add a masked layer. Once you have selected this, you should see a window with the ‘levels’. Moving the center arrow to the right will give your image darkened lomo-like edges.

Vignette Edges

Flatten the image. (Or Shift-cmd-e on mac and Shift-Ctrl-e on windows)

Flattening the image

Step 2: Lomo-ing the image

Now, you’ll have to add a “Curves” layer. Select Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves and create a S-curve.

Curves Layer

S-curve

Next, create a new layer and fill it with solid black.

New Layer

Fill with Black

Next, select Hue and bring opacity to about 30-40% (depending on your preference)

Hue

Flatten your image again. Then, select Image>Mode>Lab Color. After you have selected Lab Color, select the channel window and click on lightness. You should see your image turn greyscale. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and play with the settings.

Unsharpen Mask

After you have decided on the settings, go to Image>Mode>RGB color and the colors will automatically come back.

Convert back to RGB mode

Finally, all you have to do is save the image and share! (:

Cheers!

Holgas – Explained!

A few things about the Holga. With the increase in popularity of the holga, manufactures have been quick to jump onto this trend. Today, we can find heaps  of variations of the holga.

Let me give a tutorial on Holgas – Explained:

A 120 Pinhole Holga

This medium format Pinhole camera is an original full-sized Holga. With only the tiny pinhole on the front of the camera as the only conduit for light, every shot is a long exposure – ranging anything from 1 second in sunlit conditions to several hours in the dark. This version produces images with extremely soft focus which is almost dreamlike. It uses medium format film to ensure sharper images, deeper colors, and rich detail that only 120 emulsions can provide.


A 35mm Holga

This 35mm holga here is a slightly miniaturized version of the original medium format Holga. Like the original holga, it has an all-plastic lens, two shutter settings and two aperture settings. As the name suggests, this modified 35mm holga uses 35mm film which is much more easily available than the 120mm ones!


A 35mm Holga

This 35mm Holga Black Corner  is another slightly smaller version of the original Holga. Everything about this camera is the same as the one above, using 35mm film (the normal ones that are readily available) with 2 shutter settings and 2 aperture settings. The only visible difference is that, if you look at the top right hand corner of this holga, you will notice that it has ‘HOLGA 135BC’ written on it. The other difference is that this particular holga is able to produce images with shadowy vignette borders! Very nice vintage effect!

Of course there are many more variations of the holga camera out there. However, some of the original holgas that uses 120mm film has been discontinued. The more common ones we see around today are all modified versions of the holga, using 35mm film.

A few videos on lomography to watch!
(Lomography:  a type of photography which uses toy cameras!)

Toy Camera

Okays. In case anyone haven’t heard of the term “toy camera” before, let me clarify.. A toy camera isn’t really a toy. Its a real camera that uses flim and is able to capture real images. Other than the flash unit which operates on batteries (which is detachable), toy cameras are able to operate without batteries as their mechanism  is all manual! Cool isnt it?

Here’s an interesting video about lego’s digital camera.

I’ve gone to develop the 1st roll of pictures already! Cant wait to see them!!