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Diana Mini Tips #2

Sunday, January 23




As promised I finally scanned more of my Diana Mini photos (more on my lomography homepage). I've had this lot sitting around for AGES waiting to be scanned (sorry I'm so hopeless at getting scanning done).


I took them way back when my brother did a photo shoot for Hopeless....and you might recognise the model is the lovely Esme and the lane way who also happens to be on the cover of the current issue of Peppermint Magazine!


Anyways some more learning's and tips I've gotten from using the Diana Mini. I've now owned two versions both the original blue/black and the white.
  • Film Advance: One of the main complaints for the Diana Mini is the film advance. I have had trouble with the film advance, I've learn NOT to force it because you will tear the film. The white version has improved film advance compared to the original blue/black. But still the white version tricks you into thinking you have advanced it enough and you havent and your film will come back completely overlapped with double or triple exposures. So my advice. The best you can do is either fix the film advance following this tutorial... or advance the film each time until you feel a bit of tension. That is usually enough to be on the next frame.Dont let it worry you out of using it though...after a few rolls of film you will get the hang of how to work it.

  • Indoors: I haven't had any luck taking indoors photos - unless I use the flash. But personally I'm not really into using the flash, I prefer natural light. I tried a higher speed film (800 ISO) but that only came back super grainy. I guess you could also try a tripod and the bulb 'B' setting if you really wanted to do indoor photos but I haven't worried with it.

  • Film & Light: I stick to using 200 or 400 ISO film and take photos in daylight for best results. My current favourite film is the Lomography 400 ISO colour.

Diana related weekend link love:
  • Diana Mini tips part #1 - I wrote this after my first few rolls of film through the Diana Mini
  • Diana Mini Week on For The Easily Distracted.


34 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos. Really stunning. Thanks for the tips.. I'm a little intimidated by my Diana mini. :)

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  2. These are so beautiful, you are actually one of the most talented lomography shooters I've ever seen!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  3. @Carys ~ aw thank you! that means so much, I really love lomo photography and feel Im finally getting the hang of it.

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  4. These photographs are beautiful, they have such a stunning whimsical quality

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  5. Thank you for these tips! My Diana pics always come out a little hit and miss. I have a roll of film I'm about to develop today. :)

    http://justfad.blogspot.com

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  6. @i.d. ~ same, usually I will get a few photos each roll that I love.

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  7. these photos are so lovely, i've been thinking about getting a diana mini for a while now! x

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  8. These are so lovely. I really love the softness dreamlike aspect of it. You're so right about the film advance! It's really tricky. I always get nervous about advancing the film because it feels like it's being forced too much and destroy the whole film.

    Would love to see more of your work posted :)


    Big dinosaur hugs,
    Sisilia http://twonerdsinapod.blogspot.com

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  9. Love all of these photos so much!
    Have a GREAT day out at BDO - am looking forward to seeing your pics from the day!

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  10. Lovely photos!!! This makes me want to go and get some film for my Diana Mini, today!!! I love photo taking opps :)

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  11. Oh my god!! White diana mini! I want it too!!!~~~ :))

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  12. Loving your work with the diana mini, I've always been curious as to what it would look like--I see the cameras at Urban Outfitters and have always wanted one. Now that I see your beautiful pictures, I have a hankering for one even more!

    xo Mary Jo

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  13. Just lovely, thanks for sharing:) Have fun at the BDO!

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  14. this is excellent esp for new diana mini user like me! thanks for sharing :)

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  15. (_: made my day


    dieslowdieslow.blogspot.com

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  16. This is stunning! Oh please, please, please more posts of your own photos just like this one! :) And such good tips too. I have to agree, I haven't done much indoor shots, never turn out that great.

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  17. Great photos! I'm learning to love my new Diana at the moment!

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  18. These are absolutely gorgeous, Liss. The Diana Mini seems like it really belongs in your hands. I've been thinking about getting one for a while now. I was going to ask you if you recommend a camera like this for my little sister, but judging from the tips I don't think it would suit a 7 year old who just wants to push the button. So I got her an instax camera instead.

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  19. Your blog is so inspiring! I just awarded it with the Stylish Blog Award at my blog! xxx

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  20. wow these are gorgeous!!
    i love them

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  21. Thanks for the tips, I'm a new to the diana mini as well, and just recently purchased a flash. Stoked! :)

    lovely pictures btw.

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  22. @Sundari ~ aw thank you. I think the Instax is a great choice for your little sister. I'd say the Diana Mini is better for ages 12and up.

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  23. These pictures are beautiful. Thanks for the tips will come in handy when I eventually own my own Diana:)

    Tinkxx
    formerly- http://tinkinmycloset.blogspot.com/

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  24. gosh you take the most beautiful photos! these are so dreamy and lovely

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  25. Oh wow, these photos are beautiful!

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  26. great shots. I own a Mini and a Diana+ too and I feel my Mini lacks quality compared to her big sister. You shots look more like they were done with the Diana + so my compliments.

    I also fail in indoor settings and prefer a 400 ISO. Am looking forward to seeing more shots. :-)

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  27. Hello. I came across your blog while reading up tips for a diana mini. It was pretty helpful and I really like your photographs! Btw, Diana mini has a half shot function ( The 24x17 instead of the normal 24x24 ) and I was wondering would you recommend to use that function?

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  28. This blog has made my morning (and put off my university work until this afternoon!). Have decided to buy a Diana Mini for the coming summer and to go mad - thank you for the inspiration!

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  29. Could you use normal film? Not the Lomography one?

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  30. Amazing atmosphere ! What a lovely blog you have..
    I just bought my own Diana mini and can't wait to see the photos.

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