In the past 2 months I’ve collected three new cameras. All of them are “toy” cameras that use film. I found out about them after I stumbled on a site about lomography and fell madly in love with the SuperSampler. While I waited for my SuperSampler to arrive in the mail I started reading more about lomography and checking out other people’s pictures. The SuperSampler is super fun, but I decided to add a Diana F+ to my collection and ended up also getting a Pix Panorama. I knew the Diana F+ was going to be fun to use, but I couldn’t find anything about the Pix Panorama. All I knew was that it looked neat, was cheap, and took pictures that looked like panorama pictures (in reality, all it does is take normal pictures but it has a plastic bit inside that blocks the light from the top and bottom of the film so that you get a rectangular picture).
After the Pix Panorama arrived, I decided that I needed to find out what these cameras all did (it’s one thing to see what other people have done, but you need to play with it yourself to get a good feel about what each can or can not do). I’d already filled a few rolls of film with the SuperSampler and one with the Diana F+, so I took the Pix Panorama and SuperSampler (which had a roll that was half full) and took a whole bunch of random pictures on the way to the photo store. Two and a half weeks later I finally got around to picking up my developed film. This weekend I scanned the film and finally got a chance to see the results of my random picture taking.
I learned a few very important things:
- As I suspected, my dungeon (aka, basement apartment) is too dark to take pictures in unless I have a whole hella lot of light.
- ISO 400 or so is my friend.
- While I’m glad to be able to see what I’m doing with my digital camera, I also enjoy the mystery and anticipation that comes with not knowing what will be on the film.
- OMG, these cameras are wacky and fun.
- Old, expired film results in a collection of pictures that are all random and interesting colours (my one red photo is my favorite).
- Black and white photography isn’t as scary when you use a Diana F+.