Back in vol 2 we got together with James Butler and squarefrog.co.uk to create a tipster on how to do microclics!
Microclics is all about overlapping, merging many exposures together so that they create a much more striking, fluid and cohesive panorama. With the help of the website www.squarefrog.co.uk written by Simon Tomlinson and photography by slimmer_jimmer. This is how you do it…
step 1: Choose your subject and decide where you want the panorama to start and where to end. Your image can be as wide as you like, the only limit being the length of the film. Often Microclics images are the width of 3–4 frames of 6×6, so that’s between 18– 24cm long. This length would make a panorama of roughly 180º
step 2: Point your camera at the left edge of your panorama, take the first shot, then wind the film on 4-5 clicks and take the second, and so on (don’t worry about precision!). Then you need to turn roughly 25º, or, using the viewfinder overlap about 1/3rd over your previous exposure. If you are taking a 180º panorama you will end up taking about 7-8 exposures.
The key thing here is to remember the order to do it in: click-wind-turn, click-wind-turn. Or else you may forget whether you wound the film on or not.
step 3: After you’ve taken all your shots, you then need to wind on 32 clicks to the next frame. You’ll usually find that if you keep your eye on the counter window you’ll probably end up near a frame number when you get to about 32 clicks, I would leave it on a frame number in case your next shot ends up being a conventional single-frame.
Preventing overexposure: It seems obvious that the most common problem with this technique is overexposing your film, due to so many exposures going on top on one another. Things that can help with this are:
• Low ISO film: 100 or slower is best
• Use an ND filter, or a red filter when shooting black and white to decrease the amount of light hitting the film.
• Shoot on overcast days.
• Use red-scale film, which is almost impossible to overexpose—perfect for Microclics.
Developing your film: When you get your film developed don’t forget to ask them not to cut the film! That way you have greater control over how the film is cut. You’ll probably have to scan the film yourself, unless your lab can do it for you.
Tips: A tripod is very useful for Microclics, if you really want to get a straight horizon. But, as I’ve said before, precision isn’t always best.
Tried and tested
I recently tried this out myself! I used Lomography redscale XR. I don’t think I did too badly… but I could do with some practice! I will definitely have a go again!
written by Nicola