I went super old school a few weeks ago and converted to the disposable camera. For just $14.99 from Walgreen’s you can purchase a lovely plastic box with film, flash, and no viewing display to take your very own photos.
Disposable camera photography adds a very grungy, imperfect vibe to photos that’s quite a departure from the hyper-clear photography that’s all the rage of DSLR’s. I decided to hop on the bandwagon and document a Model UN trip and the holidays with a disposable I picked up at the drug store. I’m a pretty bad photographer with just my iPhone, so needless to say the majority of the disposable camera photos came out looking like shit(ake mushrooms). It didn’t help that part of the film got damaged somehow and only 19 of my 27 exposures were developed. And of those 19, only 10 produced a viewable image. However, I really like the effect produced on the 10 photos that did work out, so I think I’ll buy a disposable again.
|The Kali in her natural habitat|
|Candid at dinner|
|What a hotel room birthday party looks like after everyone's left|
|Helping each other clean up after being ambushed by silly string|
|Kali behind some trippy film issues|
|Don't know who/what this is, but it looks cool|
|The foggy ballroom at the hotel|
|Candid ballroom rave shot|
|Post sinus surgery selfie (I'm covering most of my face because the swelling made me look like a hairless gorilla)|
|If I had a Christmas card, I'd use this photo|
Some tips I have from experience with these cameras:
- Don’t shoot in dark places as the camera sucks at picking up light unless you have the flash on and you’re super close to your subject
- Flash is best at about 3-5 ft. away from whoever you’re photographing
- Don’t drop the camera, expose it to high humidity, or place it under a lot of pressure because you’ll damage the film
- Candid shots come off the best
- Buy cameras in bulk on sites like Ebay to save money
I’m no pro at this, but if you google disposable camera photography you can find many great examples and tips, and if you’re really a pro, you can find ways to get creative with your disposable. Just make sure to tag your photos with #theyouthemisms on social media!