Trying to decide what film to shoot on, Phil rummaged around the bottom compartment of his fridge where he keeps all his film. He took out two disposable cameras and handed one to me, ‘We’ll try these shall we…’ he said. After pinching his camera off him, so I could compare which one was better, I decided that he should probably use the Kodak camera as it had a higher number of exposures compared to the Fujifilm one. After all, he was going to make better use of his than I probably would of mine. After toing and froing about whose turn it was to pick a place to go and whose turn it was to drive, we eventually set off on a little Sunday adventure with our disposable cameras at the ready…
I thought I hadn’t used a disposable camera since I was a little girl, but then I remembered that I had brought some for my 21st birthday party, over 7 years ago. I remember getting the pictures developed and thinking how unsavoury they all looked, with the exception of a few funny ones, and I vowed never to waste my money on a disposable camera again. Which technically I haven’t 🙂
It wasn’t until after I did a shoot with Phil last year, where he used a disposable camera, that I saw how good the image quality could be when they were taken by someone who knew what they were doing. So when I was given the chance to have a go with another one I thought why not?! It’s hard to imagine that this flimsy little camera can produce such vibrant well exposed photos. There’s a lot of technology going on inside these pocket sized cameras, which I’d never realised until Phil dismantled one to retrive the film. Which just goes to show, you don’t have to spend loads of money on a fancy vintage film camera to get that beautiful old school film look. In fact, each picture on the Fujifilm Quicksnap Super 400 (27 exposures) roughly comes to just 33p. Bargain!
So, I am sharing with you my favourite images from my first disposable camera as a ‘photographer’. Hope you like them as much as I do! 🙂 And for those who are interested, Phil’s blog about his Kodak disposable camera can be found here.