I just got my first roll of film, from my Spinner 360, back from my lab today. I’m pretty happy with the results. I also learned some valuable lessons after using the camera and looking at my scans.
When taking photos with the Spinner:
- hold on tight because when you let go of the cord the force of the swing will cause your hand to move
- it’s better to use a tripod but make sure you have tightened the head. On one of my photos when I pulled the cord I also pulled the camera over to about a 45 degree angle. I can always say I did it on purpose and chalk it up to creativity.
- if you don’t want to be in the photo then duck down really low. I ended up getting my shoulders in a couple of folders. Then again if you don’t want your nose to look twice its normal size then make sure you are NOT in the center of the frame.
- I used 400 ISO film and I feel this worked well, even in bright sun.
When scanning your negatives:
- If you want the sprockets to show, and I did, then you’ll have to buy the Lomography DigitaLIZA 35mm scanning mask. It costs about $35, but is well worth it.
- I also scanned some using the mask that came with my Epson V700 scanner and this is what I got:
I only shot one roll of film because I wanted to see my results before I carried on. I think I am ready to learn from mistakes and try some more. My husband was skeptical when I bought the camera, but he was impressed with the results from a plastic and metal camera.
My biggest regret: I just bought the camera and now there is a limited edition leather version and it’s so pretty.
Stay tuned for my post about the Lomo Kino 35mm camera. There are some tricks to this thing.