Instamatic Cameras

Alice Glass from Crystal Castles.

Alice Glass from Crystal Castles.

This isn't my photograph

This isn’t my photograph

Photography is an ever growing popular hobby today, with the launch of instargram, Urban outfitters selling Lomography cameras and film and even a new instamatic camera from Fuji taking the stage.
When I was little I remember having my photograph taking on a Polaroid camera, I was amazed that I could slowly see an image slowly appearing. Soon my mother brought me an izone camera which produced tiny photographs slightly larger than a stamp. The film proved hard to come by in stores so I only used the camera once. Later on in 2006 Polaroid (who made the camera) revealed they were discontinuing the film.

A few years down the line I Brought a Polaroid camera of ebay, when it arrived a memorizing smell came out of the case. It was the old musty smell of an old cupboard; It instantly made me feel like I was travelling back to the 1970’s (which is a decade I haven’t lived through).
I loved the bulk of the camera and the coloured stripes; I wanted to use my new gadget so went in search for some film. The Polaroid film had stopped being produce so I had to buy film from a company called, Impossible Project. To my surprise the film was extremely expensive, £20 for 8 photographs (not including P&P). I headed over to ebay and brought some for around half price.
Unfortunately the film wasn’t what I expected, It had a very blue tinge and hardly shown any other colours also a lot of the photos were quite over exposed due the film being shot out of the device too quickly. I still have a pack of film left which I should probably use soon because I’ve had it for over a year.

Earlier this year I splashed out on a Fuji Instax 7s camera (another instamatic camera). The colours we’re sharp, pictures were clear and they had that slightly special golden ting that film has, to them. They were amazing, despite being the size of a credit card.
The camera does however take a lot of batteries and the film is quite expensive but I buy it in bulk from Japan, It works out a lot cheaper this way, around £4 for a pack of film.
If you like to take the creative approach to photography, there are a number of accessories you can attach to the device such as coloured or warped lens. Also there is a technique for creating double exposures, you have to open the back of the camera slightly (careful not exposing the film to light).
This camera is one of my favortive and comes in handy for scrap book too, or for my college work book.

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8 thoughts on “Instamatic Cameras

  1. Thank you for some other magnificent article. The place else could anybody get that type of information in such an ideal approach of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m at the look for such information.

    • I gathered the information for this artical from an old issue of vogue I have from 2006, the main artical was about Nataila’s first party to raise money for her charity. You can gather information at museums or exhibhits, other imformation can be sort from books or journal articals (although you may have to pay for those). There is an exhibit at the moment at the national portrait gallery on Marilyn Monroe, this is a free exhibit there are also free talks which have been organized. If you don’t live in London try doing some reasearch on your nearest museums, there usally free to get in to and if you do have to pay it’s usally a small fee. Also so some exhibits don’t allow you to take photographys but you can take a note pad and get sketching and note down any references and find images online. I hope I’ve helped! 🙂

    • I gathered the information for this artical from an old issue of vogue I have from 2006, the main artical was about Nataila’s first party to raise money for her charity. You can gather information at museums or exhibhits, other imformation can be sort from books or journal articals (although you may have to pay for those). There is an exhibit at the moment at the national portrait gallery on Marilyn Monroe, this is a free exhibit there are also free talks which have been organized. If you don’t live in London try doing some reasearch on your nearest museums, there usally free to get in to and if you do have to pay it’s usally a small fee. Also so some exhibits don’t allow you to take photographys but you can take a note pad and get sketching and note down any references and find images online. I hope I’ve helped!

    • you can also try looking on the impossiable project website if you need more imformation on photography, you can also write about andy worhol he was quite fond of the instmatic cameras.

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