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DIY Redscale Film: Exposing the Wrong Side of the Film

If you have been researching on redscaling films, you might have come across “expose the wrong side of the film”, but what does that exactly mean? We will not go technical, cut me some slack, this is going to be long for sure. It only means that the matte side of the film should be facing you when you load the film  on your camera. Here’s how we will go about that. 

But before that, you might want to take note of the materials. You will need: (1) Scissors (2) Scotch tape (3) Empty film canister (4) Film for redscaling (5) Dark room or changing bag (6) Marker (7) A little imagination and patience

1. Pick an old canister with at least a centimeter of film left. It is recommended that you label it as the “Redscaled Film” early on so you can avoid confusing yourself. 

2. Pick the film you want to redscale. I chose Kodak Ultramax 400 for this tutorial because it has, by far, given the closest effect to the Lomography Redscale Negative 50-200 film sold overpriced in Lomographic Society outlets. I like the yellow to orange hue it makes and sometimes the sepia effect. 36-exp Ultramax sells at Php80 in Hidalgo. 

3. Cut the leader.

4. Place the film (Kodak Ultramax 400) under the tip of the old film canister.

Here’s another photo of how it should look like, Kodak Ultramax 400 on the left and the empty canister on the right. 

5. Make sure they are aligned and tape them nice and neat. Use a scotch tape, do not use thick tapes, you’ll regret it I swear. 

6. Warning! This step should be done in a darkroom or a changing bag. If you’re new on this, getting a dark room might scare you off, no pun intended. The point is that we are transferring the film to an old canister and we have to do it in complete darkness! As for me, I close the windows and switch off the lights in my room in the middle of the night and there you are, my very own version of a darkroom. What I do to guarantee myself a successful DIY rescaled film, I use a make-shift changing bag (a black shirt) while at it. Again, this step requires zero tolerance for light leaks. 

Start winding the old film canister so that Kodak Ultramax 400 is spooled inside it. Avoid touching the surface of the film. You can use anything to help you wind it except your fingers. Trust me. 

7. Once the film is transferred to the old canister, cut the film but remember to leave at least a centimeter on the Kodak Ultramax 400 canister, which is now the empty canister, for future redscaling. 

8. Cut a leader to your redscaled film to help you load it in your camera of choice. Some cameras have a slot for a leader, some don’t. 

The challenge in loading the redscaled film is that the film curls away from the camera. So the remedy I always do, I fold the tip of the leader so that I can hook the sprocket holes to the take-up spool of the camera. 

At this point you must be ready to shoot and “expose the wrong side of the film” which is, if you notice, the glossy side of it. Please also note that, you have to assume the ISO of the film you used to redscale one stop lower, that is ISO 200, if you redscaled a 400-ISO film. 

The results per kind of film you redscale varies. Here are some of them: http://angelisantina.tumblr.com/tagged/diy%20redscale# 

Turns out the wrong isn’t always bad after all. Happy shooting! 

Pinoy Lomo Tip: Where to buy films?

To all Pinoy Lomo newbie (I am too, don’t worry) here’s what I can offer.

I buy my films online at Lomo Loco Shop. The owner is of course Pinoy, her name is Kara. Here’s why I like her shop:

♥ Cheapest film online store you can find locally. The price ranges from P60 to P215 for 35mm films.

♥ You can have your films delivered to you or meet up with her to get it. You will be shouldering the delivery charge but for meet ups, the minimum amount of purchase should be P1000. I only do meet ups, and so far she’s been so accommodating.

♥ Wide array of film variations. The store doesn’t have all kinds but I can say that the most common are there—35mm and 120mm, even slide films.

♥ Website is being updated periodically. You can even subscribe to get updates through email. It is the most updated local online lomo store.

♥ Films are expired. It has this “luma” effect.

* I will also be checking in Hidalgo, Quiapo the best store where we can buy films.

* Team Manila is also selling films, 3 rolls per, a bit pricey at around P600 to P1200.

* You can also share us where you buy your films in the Phils. by using the answer button below.

Bell + Howell BF 35 Specifications

This is my Bell + Howell Camera, I got it for Php200 only at Bookay-ukay. I have been researching about this camera weeks before I bought it, just so I know what to expect. No luck in getting some definite info about this cheap thrill so I thought of dedicating a post to this plastic toy camera.


Basic Specs:

1. Lens -f35mm /F7.7

♥ You cannot adjust your focus on this camera. So you adjust for it. Move at a distance of 4ft from the subject to be in good focus. There is also a lens cover that when closed, will automatically lock the shutter and will prevent you from taking pictures.


2. Shooting range – 1.2m (or 4ft) -infiniti

♥ Of course, not all the time you can be 4ft away your subject, in those cases, the subject may be blurry. But don’t worry, you’ll eventually get the results you like. Some may be blurred, dark and grainy. Some are showing light leaks, glare, everything digital photography is trying to avoid. But that’s what makes lomographers enthused—the perfect imperfections of analogue photography.

3. Shutter speed – 1/100 sec.

♥ The shutter speed is fixed to 1/100 sec. Couple it with the fixed F7.7 aperture, you are most likely to get dark photos indoors. I would suggest to choose a film with higher ISO, say 200 or 400. You can use ISO 800 though, if you want to achieve that grainy effect.


4. Dimensions: 41 x 74 x 116 mm

♥ It would also be nice to know the size of the camera. I imagined it to be as handy as Diana Mini but it wasn’t.


5. Flash – hot shoe

♥ Look, I tried the Diana Flash on it! I tried shooting with it on and it seems to have worked fine. However, I’m a bit worried because this hot shoe doesn’t secure the flash tight. It wiggles the flash adapter but not to the point of sliding the flash off the camera.



Here are some photos shot using Bell + Howell BF 35

*Sorry for the messy background. You are now getting to know me personally—messy.

*Click here to get to Bookay-ukay’s multiply site.

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