How to Make Lumen Prints · Lomography

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Create Impressions lumen takes you back to the beginnings of camera without camera in 1830 when "William Henry Fox Talbot": -history-1800-photography-pioneer-william-henry-fox-talbot-was-born created his "photogenic drawings". He placed leaves on a sensitized paper and exposed it to sunlight. This created a negative impression or a frame from which positive contact impressions could be created. Today, the process is exactly the same by adding image manipulation using digital technology.

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The composition is critical to creating a successful lumen impression. For me, the lumen print is both a challenge and a wonderful addiction that connects me to the history of photography, such as Talbot.

  • When you place materials, focus on the relationship of shapes.
  • Place a paper underneath the contact print frame and materials outside or above the frame for smooth focus and distorted shadows. Try to make even or uneven arrangements by covering and overlapping.
  • Spread leaves or seeds down the paper.
  • Print a face-down photo on the unexposed paper. >
  • Hold opaque objects by hand for at least 90 seconds in bright sunlight.
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Other tips:

  • Different papers produce different results depending on the type and your age. This is part of creating a lumen print!
  • In your photo editing program, you can give the option of Invert for a positive impression and complementary color. Go crazy with Color, Tones, Saturation and Brightness. Are you looking to recreate a pop image? A soft impressionism? Incorrect colors? You choose!
  • You can achieve various effects by exposing it to sunlight in the morning, noon or in the afternoon.
  • Place the impression outside the frame in different angles for shadows moved.
  • Aside from plants, try to use any opaque material such as glass, plastic, artificial flowers, insoles, etc. Mix everything. Talbot made a frame using lace.

Non-camera photography is on the top of contemporary photography and is employed by Wolfgang Tillmans, Adam Fuss, Catherine Yass, Susan Derges, to name a few. Dare to experiment!

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