I always have a disposable camera on me. Always. I keep one in my bag wherever I go, in case inspiration strikes. Of course, I have a real camera too. I actually have plenty: a Polaroid, an Instax Mini, a fancy digital Canon, a fish-eye, and a regular digital Fujifilm camera. But for some reason, the disposable camera remains one of my favorites. Here are a few reasons why, and why you should try using one!
- THEY’RE AFFORDABLE!! I get mine from the CVS down the street for about eight dollars, and then develop them for about fifteen. On a teenage girl’s budget, it’s super convenient to have such easy access to such a cool camera!
- There’s a certain mystery to not being able to see your photos as soon as you take them. Usually an impatient girl, I actually love having to wait to see my photos. With a disposable camera, you never know how your photos are gonna turn out when you take them.
- The possibilities with DIY ideas for them are endless. Since they’re disposable, you can experiment all you want with them. I sometimes use pieces of see through colored paper and hold them up to lens to get really cool color effects. Some other ideas are to “ruin” your film by throwing your camera into a pool of water before getting the film developed to get very cool effects (just make sure that there are no valuable photos on there!!)
- I use my disposables over a long period of time, usually a month or two and only take pictures in moments when I really want a picture. I’m quite religious with my disposable cameras. What’s nice about this is after getting film developed, looking at your pictures is like going back in time. Looking at my developed film is my favorite part of disposables. Just in one picture I can go back to the cool concert I went to, or that day with my friends.
Here are some things to remember about disposables:
- Don’t over pay for one!! I’ve seen some go for nearly twenty dollars, but I promise an eight dollar one is great.
- Sometimes you can get your film developed in a CVS or some other pharmacy, but recently the CVS’s in my area stopped doing that. No need to worry!! Look online for a photography store in your city, they’re bound to develop film.
- Have fun with them!!! Try new things. Here’s an amazing article on how to make the most of your disposable cameras.
The photo featured is called Red Reacher by myrtlepeacock on flickr!