DIY Film Photography

My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

October 3, 2014
Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY
The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010.

holga camera

I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY Photo via Lomography

More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a crafty canvas for photography lovers. I loved looking around at what other folks made on their cameras before I started on mine.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Photo via Lomography

The Sardina comes in black and white– I chose the white for a completely blank canvas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I thought a long time about the design that I wanted to make on the Sardina and I settled on using a paint-by-number section of a beer label that I really liked.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I cut out all of the sections from the beer label to cover the camera and then used matte Mod Podge to adhere them to the Sardina.

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

Lomography USA: La Sardina DIY

I’m still waiting to get some of my Sardina pics back from development but I can’t wait to see the accidental + serendipitous pics. ๐Ÿ™‚ As a special offer, the folks at Lomography are letting me host a giveaway where you can win a Sardina camera for yourself! All you need to do is go here and fill out the Google form! Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post on the 17th of October. ***Update on 10/20: Just pinged the folks at Lomography to pick someone– hold tight!


And be sure to follow Lomography USA on Facebook for more camera updates!

**UPDATE* The winner of the contest is Masha Harson! (Entered via the Google form.) Thanks to everyone who entered! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Dawn Titancia October 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    That is beyond nifty! I had no idea you could personalize it. I've been drooling over these for a while and haven't gotten one, but to be able to customize it makes it even more tempting!

  • Maria October 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Woo! You're so crafty, I love how it looks. I've had a Lomography camera on my "want/ask for Christmas" list for a long time now ๐Ÿ™‚ PS. Every time I go into an antique or thrift store and see old cameras I think of you! Come back and visit sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saniel October 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Never seen this product before, so many ideas on how to decorate. Thanks

  • StacieStacieStacie October 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Gah! You'd be so good at film photography, Maria!! <3 <3

  • Jade Timmons December 13, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Just out of curiosity, did anyone ever win this?

  • StacieStacieStacie December 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Ah yes! So sorry I forgot to hit update on the post. :3 The Lomography folks chose Masha Harson as the winner of the contest!