Just a lomography question.

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tonybelding Senior Member • Posts: 1,064

One major thing that’s different about lomography is that it accepts and celebrates artifacts of the photographic process.

In most photographic tradition, or conventional wisdom, the goal is to make images as transparent as possible, like looking at a scene through a picture window.  We’ve got a whole long list of possible defects that a photo could have that might detract from its transparancy:  over or under exposure, bad white balance, unnatural colors, vignetting, chromatic aberration, softness, flare, glare, rough bokeh, haphazard framing, noise or film grain, geometric distortion, etc, etc.

Lomography says these are not defects at all.  They’re just natural artifacts of the photographic process that add character, and we make no effort to avoid them.  Sometimes we introduce them deliberately, even.

So, are you doing lomography?  It’s all in the attitude.  If you are using a vintage film camera and lenses, and you are shooting nice, clean, professional looking images that might have appeared in The Complete Kodak Book Of Photography (which has held up well since the 1980s and is still worth studying, IMHO), then you are not doing Lomography.  If you are deliberately breaking every rule in the book, then you probably are a Lomographer!

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