Posted in TIPS & TRICKS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on June 6, 2012

I have decided that I am not going to have a film photography blog and not pretend like I don’t have a digital camera, because I do and I LOVE to use it just as much as a film camera! Just know that equipment alone does not make a good photographer. Phototgraphy is an art and the shooter is the artist. You need to have a vision, or an idea of what you want to make your image look like. It should be a thoughtful process in your mind. Part of that process is deciding which tools you are going to use and making good choices based on your vision. Just like an artist who chooses which medium to use, which brushes to paint with, and how to apply the paint to the canvas, your choices about photo equipment are directly related. Choose your camera with your end result (vision) in mind. If you want a very sharp, exact photo of what you are looking at then digital is a good choice. If you want to be more free and allow for happy accidents and interesting shifts then a toy camera would be the better choice.

Both images are SOOC (straight out of camera) with no adjustments.


Shot with a toy camera using expired color film, has soft focus, and color shifts

Expect the unexpected when using toy cameras. You never know what to expect, so don’t try to guess. Half of the fun of toy cameras is being surprised by the results you get!

The film photo gives more of an emotional connection with the place. It seems more like a storybook place instead of an actual place.


Shot with Canon Rebel XTi, has sharp focus, bright vivid colors, extra detail in bright and shadow areas.

You know exactly what you will get by looking at the display on the back of your camera.

You get a very accurate depiction of what you are seeing in the real world.

I am not saying that you cannot be artistic with a digital camera because you really can, but I just want to show the difference in feeling between the two images. To me the analog image just brings so much more emotion and begins to tell a story without too much effort as opposed to the digital photo which is very exact, and while beautiful and exposures are “correct” and all that jargon, on its own seems to look like just another photo of another place. Does anyone else see this?

For these reasons I try to choose my camera wisely before I go out shooting, at least if I know what I am going to be shooting! I try to imagine what I want the photos to look like and then match my vision with the camera that will get the job done. Make sense?

Know the role of your camera (what it will produce and its functionality), what you want to capture and how you want to capture it, and finally how you want the end result to look. These decisions beforehand will lead to better photos in the end and make you a happy photographer!