Don't Finger Your Photos

2013-03-25 4

I bet this is common mistake among Lomographers. It often happens when you use point and shoot cameras.

Beware of your precious finger. It will ruin your photos. As for my own experience, I’ve used several Point & Shoot Cameras but this camera that I want to talk about is very tricky. It is the Vivitar J201 and this small camera has a 28mm lens and a built in flash. It does not requires batteries for the shutter mechanism, but the flash only needs 1 AA battery. It’s quite light and easy to use. I think this camera was Vivitar UWS’s brother… Haha!

I only used this camera once because at first I lost it and few weeks ago, I managed to find it and started shooting again. First when I used it, I told my mom that I feel embarrassed to go in front of a march to take a picture due to the looks of the camera and that “it uses film”. At that time I was 14 years old and most of my community already uses a variety of digital cameras. Film photography was not well known that time. Maybe it was because of the ferocious evolution of technology that affected me too. Back to the main topic, I shot with it and when I got the results of that shot, I was scolded by my parents because of the hideous pictures that have slight look of my finger in each photo. WHAT A NIGHTMARE !!! Here some shots of it:

So, please don’t make the same mistake. Make sure your finger won’t block your lens. Be cautious when using any point & shoot camera. For SLR or RF, you don’t have to worry about it. If that happens, Cut that finger!!!. Just kidding. Thank you.

written by caribe93 on 2013-03-25 #gear #tutorials #quickie-tipster #vivitar-j201 #finger #tipster #camera #block


  1. segata
    segata ·

    I've made this mistake so many times before too, I really struggle with smaller cameras as I've got big hands.

  2. caribe93
    caribe93 ·

    we r in the same boat...

  3. boredslacker
    boredslacker ·

    I just did this with the first time on my 110 camera, because it was so small and my fingers so big! Wish I had read your tipster first!

  4. caribe93
    caribe93 ·

    Don't cry over spilt milk.. Hehe.

More Interesting Articles

  • Open Your Lomography Treasure Chest Rumble

    written by Lomography on 2016-09-14 #news
    Open Your Lomography Treasure Chest Rumble

    In case you missed the news: You can now comment on articles and other snapshots by fellow lomographers using photos uploaded on your LomoHome! Don't be shy and give this cool new feature a try in this competition.

  • Lomo’Instant Wide Tip No. 2 - Fixed Shutter Speed Shooting Mode

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-13 #gear #tutorials
    Lomo’Instant Wide Tip No. 2 - Fixed Shutter Speed Shooting Mode

    This isn't your typical instant camera! When you use the Fixed Shutter Speed mode, you'll get perfectly lit results photo after photo!

  • Lomo’Instant Wide Tip No. 4 - Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

    written by Lomography on 2015-10-16 #gear #tutorials
    Lomo’Instant Wide Tip No. 4 - Ultra Wide-Angle Lens

    When we said this camera was wide, we meant it! And when you add the wide-angle lens attachment to your Lomo'Instant Wide, that's when the magic really starts to happen! Now you can capture the whole picture in a snap!

  • Shop News

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    New Item: iBlazr 2

    Light up all your shots with this light-weight, versatile and wireless LED flash! Works best with any iOS and android platforms.

  • Get Creative with the Lomo'Instant Automat: Don’t Think, Just Shoot!

    written by Lomography on 2016-09-03 #gear #tutorials
    Get Creative with the Lomo'Instant Automat: Don’t Think, Just Shoot!

    Can’t wait to get your hands on your very own Lomo’Instant Automat camera? Follow our quick tricks so you can master and get the most out of your instant camera once it comes knocking at your door! This time we want you to "Don't Think, Just Shoot".

    2016-09-03 1
  • Cinematographer Michal Dabal on the Petzval Lens

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-01-05 #videos #people
    Cinematographer Michal Dabal on the Petzval Lens

    Here’s what happens before we interview a photographer. We gush about the work though we have yet to find out the cameras and processes behind the brilliant composition or the light architecture. And even when they haven’t used a Lomo camera, we feature them anyway. But every once in a while comes a pro who uses one of our premium lenses at work and our fun cameras off-duty. This makes us mighty glad, more so when their images are good and worth sharing. We count cinematographer Michal Dabal's work among them.

    2016-01-05 1
  • Life in Radiant Colors with La Sardina

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-04-16
    Life in Radiant Colors with La Sardina

    Don't let La Sardina's size and dainty design fool you. This camera is meant for big things such as breathing life and color to your photography.

    2016-04-16 1
  • Shop News

    LC-A+ & LC-W Accessories

    LC-A+ & LC-W Accessories

    Combine your LC-A+ or LC-W Camera with great, fun Accessories and get 15% Discount on all Lomography Accessories when bought together with the Camera!

  • Travel Stories: Cracow in an Instant by violetz

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-11-17 #places
    Travel Stories: Cracow in an Instant by violetz

    What's a sure way to not lose your beloved travel photos? You can bring your instant camera with you! In this article, I'll tell you some of the lomographic moments I collected during my last trip in Cracow.

    2015-11-17 2
  • Keep Your Gear In Check

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-07 #news #gear
    Keep Your Gear In Check

    When a scene is yours for the taking, the last thing you need is gear error. And for a few bucks you can easily avoid dropping your camera on solid ground (ouch) and ruining the photo-ready moment.

    2016-01-07 1
  • How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    written by tomas_bates on 2016-02-17 #gear #tutorials
    How to Develop Photos on Stone in a Darkroom

    I have always loved the idea of seeing my photos on stone and other natural materials. So, a few months ago, I began googling how it could be done. This is how I discovered (and fell in love with) liquid emulsion. Liquid emulsion is photographic emulsion which you can melt down and paint on any surface. You can then expose an image and develop it using traditional darkroom chemicals. In this article, I would like to explain the process a little, so that if you are also interested in giving this fun process a go, you can!

    2016-02-17 12
  • Shop News

    LomoKino on sale!

    LomoKino on sale!

    Embrace the magic of movie making and capture 144 frames of glorious analogue action on 35mm film with the LomoKino! Get it now at a incredibly low price while supplies last!

  • Photographic Pairs

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-01-27
    Photographic Pairs

    When a photographer encounters a pair, an instinct rushes in, "Is this a special, intimate moment I just stumbled on?" Or else, those accidents of two objects, two birds, two swaying plants camping together especially for your photo. This might not be the case, but it's still a pleasant thing for patterns and quirks to find their way into an everyday shot.

  • A Round-up of Lomography Events Around the World in November

    written by lomography on 2015-10-30 #news
    A Round-up of Lomography Events Around the World in November

    Every month we always give you reasons to meet Lomographers in your city. November is even more special. We have a super sale, a camera workshop for kids, an outing with Blurb, among other exciting linkups. Join us!

  • Shaping One's Identity Rumble Winners

    written by Lomography on 2016-08-20 #news
    Shaping One's Identity Rumble Winners

    For this competition, we asked lomographers to ponder on this question: If you had one photo that shows who you are and where your coming from, what would it be? And here are their compelling answers.

    2016-08-20 5