One of the things I love to do is take photographs. Before having Clementine we both said to our friends that we wouldn’t become ‘those’ parents who constantly updated Facebook with her every movement. Well within the first week we already had over 200 photos on the camera! However instead of Facebook we decided to make a Flickr album, somehow that felt a bit better than spamming all our friends with baby pictures.
I don’t own a proper camera, but I recently got an iPhone 7. The quality of the photos is great, and it’s super handy as I always have it with me. It also has some great apps for editing images. Recently I picked up some extra clip on lenses for my phone as well, although I haven’t had a proper chance to try them out yet. I love using film cameras as well, although it can turn out to be a pretty expensive hobby!
As well as my iPhone and the DSLR that my partner bought, I have many 35mm film cameras. I have a Fisheye, Diana mini with flash, Olympus trip 35 and obviously the instax mini 8. I also have a Oktomat.
Over the next few months my aim is to use them all more. The trip is a great camera for portraits, the lomo and instax ones are great for fun shots. Lomography has a list of 10 rules on its website which are very in keeping with their motto. Don’t think, just shoot!
- Take your camera everywhere you go
- Use it any time – day or night
- Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
- Try the shot from the hip
- Get up close and personal with your subject
- Don’t think
- Be fast
- You don’t have to know beforehand what you have captured on film
- Or afterwards either!
- Don’t worry about any rules.
Most of my lomography cameras are actually made of plastic which is ideal. It means I have taken it to parties, festivals, gigs and on nights outs and I don’t need to worry about it getting broken. The thing I love the most about shooting with film is you don’t know how the photo has come out until you get it developed. Most of my cameras currently have half used up rolls of film in them so I can’t wait to finish them and see what’s on them all.
Does anyone else use a film camera to take photos with or do you use just digital? I would love to know.