The Diana F+

This summer, my wondrous obsession with analogue photography became realised when I finally got my hands on Lomography's Diana F+ Deluxe Set. And, what a camera Diana is.

Lomography has a store near Spitalfields Market. It holds numerous workshops and events to help you learn about different aspects to lomography. During their recent spate of September workshops, I attended their Diana F+ back to basics workshop. For £10, we were given an A-Z talk about the different aspects of Diana, how to achieve various effects as well as   providing us with a camera (with flash) for the evening and film. After the talk, we all ventured onto the streets of London and snapped away.

When I first discovered the Diana F+, I viewed her as a toy camera that would not only produce that soft-focused effect I so greatly like, but also as a camera that harked back to the past; it is so important in a constantly evolving consumerist and technological society to remember what modern technology stemmed from.

Diana F+ is a simple analogue camera compared to digital cameras with only a few settings.  Setting up the film roll is as easy; unwind the tape, slot it in one end of the camera and then slot the 'tongue' of the film roll into the other end, wind the film roll until "start" appears in the middle of the camera. Once the back of the camera is placed back onto the camera, using it is relatively easy.

With digital photography, one really does become aware of their surroundings with the likes of ISO. Digital photography is more complex than analogue, well, most definitely more complicated than the Diana F+. 

Once you have met Diana, using the camera is a breeze. The exposure settings consist of the likes of sunny, partially cloudy and cloudy. Moreover, what I must say, and which you probably all know is that it can take multiple exposures. This is one of the super cool things about the Diana F+. The only down side seems that the first few films are not so good, but, after you get used to the camera, Diana becomes a worthwhile purchase and becomes attached to you.

The Diana F+ adds a bit of Spitalfields Market-Brick Lane hipster to each and everyone of our lives. It is a plastic camera capable of bringing the past to the present and creating all sorts of fabulous effects, which digital cameras normally do not do without the aid of Photoshop.

Toy. Fashion accessory. Wondrous camera. Whatever you call the Diana F+, one cannot deny that it is frankly spectacular.

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