I Bought an Instax Camera

I bought an Instax camera!

Inspired by a friend’s recent venture into instant cameras, and recalling the enjoyment I had with the Disposable Camera Project of last summer, I decided to buy my own little Instax camera.

Instax Camera

There she is – isn’t she beautiful?

Now, I’m no photographer (see: derpy Collie photo above), but fortunately I feel like an instant camera like this is pretty forgiving.  I’ve been watching some YouTube videos about how to take good photos with instant cameras, but I also feel like just enjoying the experience and not getting too hung up on the “perfect” shot is going to be what keeps things fun.  The occasional blur and poor lighting choices are what make photos like this just that little bit more special and really makes me feel nostalgic for those awful photos I used to take on a film camera when I was a child.

I’m confused, isn’t it cheaper to just take photos on your mobile phone these days?
– An 80-year-old family member

Other than the initial cost of the camera, the price of film comes in per photo at about the cost of buying and printing the photos of a disposable camera, which is just fine by me.  My sister also has a little experience of instant cameras, and we’ve been bonding over some project ideas since it arrived – can’t really put a price on sisterly love (d’awww).

Before launching into any projects, I want to get the hang of how the camera works, and I’m dying to try out some double exposure shots too – watch this space!

Have you used an instant camera like this before?  Any tips for an amateur?

Emma

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4 Comments

  1. February 6, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    Eeee! Instax cameras make me so happy, I really need to use mine more often. Have fun with it, they’re lovely little things.

    • February 7, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you, it’s been an interesting experience so far – no fiddling around with filters, no scrolling through 30 shots to pick out the best one. There’s no hiding in instant photography, it’s very raw and real (I love it!).

  2. March 11, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I’m still an amateur myself but I do have fun when I’m using it. We have the exact same color, I really like that color don’t you? 🙂

    • March 19, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Having fun is definitely what counts, I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it 🙂 Yes, I love the blue, I’m so happy I picked it (though I was so close to picking pink originally!).

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