A split photo is composed of 2 different photos merged together. The split wil be made by 4 vertical interleaved bars
Step 1: Cut the mask
I decided to sacrifice the back cover of the latest VICE magazine to make this mask for 2 reasons:
- the thickness of the cover is just right
- it’s free
To cut a precise shape, I used the frame adapter provided with your Diana F+ as a guide for cutting
I left a bit of paper on the two sides in order to fold them down so that they will be firmly fixed with the frame adapter.
Step 2: Make the wings
Step 3: Cute the bars
Step 4: Mount the filter
The paper should be thin enought to fit in the gap between the adapter and the light chamber.
Step 5: Add the film and prepare the camera for the first shot
Turn the film-advancing wheel until you see the number 1 of the film.
Now, only 2 stripes (out of 4) of your photo are impressed on the film. Turn the film-advancing wheel slowly until you move forward the film of 1 centimiter (you should hear between 12 and 14 clicks).
Shoot the first photo.
This will impress the other half of the film.
Now, shoot another photo.
Congratulations, you successfully impressed one frame.
Turn the wheel until you the the number 2 on the back window of the camera.
Now, you’re ready to take your second slit photo.
Step 6: Creativity explosion!
You can start to explore the possibilities of slit photography. I tried to have different exposure in the same photo but it didn’t work (no valid photos to show, sorry).
I also tried to depict the same subject with different expressions, results were promising.
I also tried to take some sequence photos on a moving train. I found the result quite nice.
Finally, I tried to have half photo upside-down. The result are quite confusing. Maybe next time I’ll try with a color film.
Step 7: Buy a proper scanner
At the end you will save lot of money: developing the film is quite cheap but printing the photos is more expensive (and you lose quality)
Just to show you the HUGE GAP I asked to a friend to scan a photo with his Epson perfection V500 photo film scanner. You can see the difference on the two images in this step: it doesn't seem the same photo!