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The Ramp of Improvement

In which our heroine learns the best way to not screw up is not to try very hard.

I’m fairly new to film photography, unless you count the time in high school I spent with an Advantix camera. I took it all over the place and got some photos that I’ll keep forever to remind me what it was like back in the day. I was very sad when the camera broke one day.

Years later I saw a Holga at Urban Outfitters and got curious. I started poking around and seeing what I could find out about it, and decided that I. Must. Have. It.

Then I had to figger out how the hell not to take crappy photos with it.

I set up a display in a corner of a room in my house to take test pictures. I went through rolls of film testing settings with distances with flash without flash with different lenses. I didn’t learn to take good photos. I just got bored. I got so tired of looking at that pile in the corner that i just didn’t care anymore.

So I took it to Thanksgiving dinner. I wasn’t bored. I just had fun and didn’t try too hard. I got some pictures that I truly love. One of my favorites is the turkey being carved.

Photo by saeledbetts

That was very encouraging. I started taking Holga more places with me. I discovered that it’s the perfect hiking camera – it weighs almost nothing and is better than any fancy-pants digital camera at making the pictures FEEL right. Outdoors pictures with a Holga feels like it’s outdoors, like it’s more real, like it’s as beautiful on film as it is in your memory of it.

I still use my digital camera, but now it’s only for settings where I know for sure I need to have a few good photos, since I can take so many and see what I’ve got instantly. But for photos where I really want to keep my memories as I see them in my head, I’ll use my toy camera.

written by saeledbetts

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