UK CitySlicker Sam: Lens-Flipping a Disposable Camera

2012-06-12 3

I can’t get enough of disposable cameras, as there are so many exciting things you can do with them. Many will allow you to take off the lens clip and turn the plastic lens the other way round, giving a crazy vignette-focusing effect. Plus, if you smack them hard, you can get multiple exposures out of them!

Name: Sam Fletcher
Age: 19
University: Trinity College
City/Country: Oxford, UK

At about £5 each, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a disposable camera. For this tipster, you’ll need one with a removable front lens clip — mine was the “Boots essentials” camera and was even on buy one get one free…Many other shops and supermarkets sell the same design though with their own stickers on.

What sort of effect does flipping the lens have, I hear you ask? Well, here’s a before and after comparison shot:

Naturally, you want to get this eye-popping effect yourself, and it’s dead easy to do. In fact, I’d say it’s actually idiot-proof, because even I managed to do it:

And Bob’s your Uncle, Fanny’s your Aunt — you’ve made yourself a lean-mean-vignette-blurring-machine! This being the first time I’ve tried it, overall, I’m pleased with how they’ve come out; on the next roll I’m going to try and see how it works on closer subjects — those within a meter or so.

As if that wasn’t enough analogue goodness, if you smack your disposable really hard on the base you can get multiple exposures! The key bit here is to take the first shot but NOT wind the film on after. Instead, just smack it onto the palm of your hand, and if you do it hard enough it’ll force the shutter open again for another snap. It can be quite handy here to charge the flash for the second exposure, just so you know if it’s actually taken another one or not!

written by bertie on 2012-06-12 #videos #gear #tutorials #camera #exposure #lens #tipster #disposable #multiple #sam #uk #flip #cityslicker #fletcher #uk-cityslicker


  1. jessye
    jessye ·


  2. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    Cool! Gonna try this!

  3. frogbear
    frogbear ·

    i love your little vid - great idea! i had had a little 'splurge' on that boots cams offer too - 4 cams for a tenner! mega cheap analogue fun times!

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