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    Default How to use colour gel that comes with Diana F+

    Hi All!

    Any tips on how to use the colour gels that comes with Diana F+.
    The guy at the shop told me to put in the colour gel in the Flash.

    I tried using the colour gel, but the picture didn't come out right,
    but there wasn't any colour in my picture


    This is what I did, pls do let me know if it's right or wrong:
    A. Outdoor during a Sunny day
    1. Load the colour in the Flash (I think it was blue)
    2. The shutter speed is set to "N"
    3. Turn on the Flash and fired the shutter (1/60 sec).

    B. Lit indoor
    1. Load the colour in the Flash (I think it was pink)
    2. The shutter speed is set to "B"
    3. Turn on the Flash and fired the shutter (5 sec).

    Please do let me know if there are any Tips & Tricks in take picture with the colour gel.

    Thanks a bunch
    Last edited by cutyhammy; 5th May 2010 at 04:38 PM.

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    i have to assume u were not using b&w film to begin with. what type of film did u use and how did u process it?

    assuming the pics came out perfectly fine other than the lack of tint.

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    Default Re: How to use colour gel that comes with Diana F+

    What were the subjects that you photographed? Any sample pics? You have to go close to the subject for the colored flash to 'hit' the subjects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    i have to assume u were not using b&w film to begin with. what type of film did u use and how did u process it?
    The b&w film part made me .

    Yeah ... if cross processed ... the colors might turn out as some other colors etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    I tried using the colour gel, but the picture didn't come out right,
    but there wasn't any colour in my picture


    This is what I did, pls do let me know if it's right or wrong:
    A. Outdoor during a Sunny day
    1. Load the colour in the Flash (I think it was blue)
    2. The shutter speed is set to "N"
    3. Turn on the Flash and fired the shutter (1/60 sec).

    B. Lit indoor
    1. Load the colour in the Flash (I think it was pink)
    2. The shutter speed is set to "B"
    3. Turn on the Flash and fired the shutter (5 sec).

    Please do let me know if there are any Tips & Tricks in take picture with the colour gel.

    Thanks a bunch
    My view:
    Outdoor:
    How far are you to the subject? Dont think the Diana flash can overpower the sunlight. Also, based on f8/f11 of Diana F+ and 1/60s, high chance of overexposure. Going by sunny 16 rule, you are at least 2-3 stops overexposed if using asa100 film.

    Indoor:
    Depending on lighting condition, my view is that 5sec exposure is also abit of overkill if u used high speed films.

    Like the rest mentioned, show us the photo and we can advise more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndroo View Post
    The b&w film part made me .

    Yeah ... if cross processed ... the colors might turn out as some other colors etc.
    well, u nvr know ...

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    Thanks for all the advice..

    To start off.. I'm very very new at Lomography..
    I shot my first row of film last saturday

    I used colour film (I hope that is the correct film )

    I didn't under much of the tips as it seems to be a little technical for me as i dun use other types of camera other than a simple digital camera.

    I'm sorry, but i dun understand what you mean by
    "Also, based on f8/f11 of Diana F+ and 1/60s, high chance of overexposure. Going by sunny 16 rule, you are at least 2-3 stops overexposed if using asa100 film."

    I can't attach my picture cuz i posted on facebook


    Thanks again for all you help

    P.S: By the way can you guys advice me what is the best film to use?
    Last edited by cutyhammy; 5th May 2010 at 05:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    I'm sorry, but i dun understand what you mean by
    "Also, based on f8/f11 of Diana F+ and 1/60s, high chance of overexposure. Going by sunny 16 rule, you are at least 2-3 stops overexposed if using asa100 film."

    I can't attach my picture cuz i posted on facebook
    *Please do add me, cutyhammy@hotmail.com*

    Thanks again for all you help

    P.S: By the way can you guys advice me what is the best film to use?
    for sunny16 rule, you can google for it.

    yes, u can attach photos from facebook. you can right click on the photo and get the properties. copy the photo's url, then paste the url in this format (add the 2 img tags):

    [img]photo's url[/img]


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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsigg View Post
    for sunny16 rule, you can google for it.

    yes, u can attach photos from facebook. you can right click on the photo and get the properties. copy the photo's url, then paste the url in this format (add the 2 img tags):

    [img]photo's url[/img]

    Thanks!
    Here is my picture, I think I use blue colour.
    I took it outdoor (sunny)


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    i think the sunlight is probably overpowered your camera flash. i would advise trying the flash at low light shooting.
    Last edited by flipfreak; 5th May 2010 at 05:34 PM.

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    color corrected.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    the pic is underexposed and i think the sunlight is probably overpowered your camera flash. i would advise trying the flash at low light shooting.
    **Will it be better if I do the below:
    1. Take in Lit indoor
    2. Set Shutter speed to "B"
    3. Aperture (middle setting)
    4. Use flash with colour gel
    5. Hold the shutter for about 10sec

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    color corrected.
    Thanks a bunch!!
    Looks much better now

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    **Will it be better if I do the below:
    1. Take in Lit indoor
    2. Set Shutter speed to "B"
    3. Aperture (middle setting)
    4. Use flash with colour gel
    5. Hold the shutter for about 10sec
    i am not familiar with the diana camera but i would suggest not using the bulb mode. use the flash as your main source of light and u will see the color tint already.

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    This is my favorite shot from my 1st row..

    What do u guys think?
    *Urs comments are much appreciated ^^


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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    **Will it be better if I do the below:
    1. Take in Lit indoor
    2. Set Shutter speed to "B"
    3. Aperture (middle setting)
    4. Use flash with colour gel
    5. Hold the shutter for about 10sec
    IMHO, 1-2 secs should be sufficient. 10 secs might be a bit overdoing it. You might also be introducing a lot of handshake. unless you use a tripod or u want the fuzzy light trails and blurry images.

    paging for unker ndroo the toy cam king to help this newbie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolsigg View Post
    IMHO, 1-2 secs should be sufficient. 10 secs might be a bit overdoing it. You might also be introducing a lot of handshake. unless you use a tripod or u want the fuzzy light trails and blurry images.

    paging for unker ndroo the toy cam king to help this newbie!
    Oy! I also just whack and pray one hor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    **Will it be better if I do the below:
    1. Take in Lit indoor
    2. Set Shutter speed to "B"
    3. Aperture (middle setting)
    4. Use flash with colour gel
    5. Hold the shutter for about 10sec
    It is almost impossible to tell you what are the better options. It all depends on the lighting (indoor/outdoor). Other things to consider are the film speed (ISO), distance from your subject etc. If it is a dimly lit indoor scene, you can try mounting the cam on a tripod, open up the shutter in B mode for a few seconds and then fire the flash manually. That will give some cool results too. You can opt to do it without a tripod but the background will be some cool blur madness ba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutyhammy View Post
    P.S: By the way can you guys advice me what is the best film to use?
    As a start, try using cheap negatives ... to save on $ while you learn. Film ain't cheap nowdays.

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    Thanks a lot for all your great tips..
    I'll try it out again over this weekend..

    It's True.. Films are so expensive these days..

    **I was wondering, will it be better to get a 35mm back instead, so that I can get more pictures... Will i get the same type of images as the 120m??**

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