Here's Why You Should Get Rid Of Digital Pictures For A Day(And Try Film Instead)
This week, I have a life tip for you. It might make you more awesome. I can't promise anything. I can only speak from experience.
Here it is: Bring that manual flash back into your life.
You don't need to own an older camera that requires individual film rolls. I mean, that's great if you do. But, disposable cameras work too. So do Polaroids.
Believe me when I tell you that people are gunna' luuuuuv you if you bring that old manual-snap snap to a party or gathering.
My theory why:
It's not just that we'll look cool or "hip." Even though, let's face it, we're all just trying to be cool. These cameras are more of a metaphor for life.
Look at photography now. Everything is digital. Everything is technicolor. Everything has about 15 filters attached to it.
But these cameras don't. You take a shot, and that's it. One snap, one picture.
Your friend Becky can't look over your shoulder at the little screen and complain about how her hair looks bad. People can't bother you about taking 10 more pictures until they think they've got the "perfect shot." They just can't. And that sh*t is annoying anyways.
We all claim to be so "busy." So really, "we don't have time for that." Blah blah blah. The things we lie about!
We should all be enjoying the way moments feel. We should be road-tripping with our friends, and dancing at parties and talking to people we don't know. We shouldn't be staring at the digital camera in the corner of the kitchen deciding which shots to retake.
Real life is not a photoshoot. (Or prom.)
Which means that when that camera captures a leaf in your hair and the stain on your shirt and the goofy face that you make when you laugh, you should embrace it. It's cute. It's funny. It's life.
So where can you find this magic?
Well, if you don't currently have a polaroid, they have newer models which can be bought at quite a few retail outlets. Google can provide you with oodles of information.
As far as disposable cameras, I would advise you to buy a bundle package off of Amazon. It's much cheaper than getting one at a Target or Walgreens or such, and will lower the total cost when you add in the price of film development(which can be done at a camera store or pharmacy, etc.)
It's worth it, even if just for a day, to look at life through a different lens.