Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

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Taylor & Francis, 2011 - Photography - 273 pages
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Take a tour of the burgeoning world of plastic cameras and low-tech photography in this fun and funky guide to creating the most artistic pictures of your life! Whether you're an experienced enthusiast or toy camera neophyte, you'll find this guide full of tantalizing tips, fun facts, and absolutely striking photographs taken with the lowest tech tools around.

You'll learn how to prep your plastic camera, their advantages and quirks, and what film to feed it. You'll also explore what makes a good subject, vignetting, multiple exposures, panoramas, close-ups, night photography, color, flash, problems and solutions, and so much more. Michelle Bates also takes you from a negative to either prints or pixels so that you can show off your photos and jump on the toy-camera revolution!

Contributors include:

Michael Ackerman, Thomas Michael Alleman, Erin Antognoli, Jonathan Bailey , James Balog, Michelle Bates, Phil Bebbington, Gyorgy Beck, Susan Bowen, Laura Corley Burlton, David Burnett, Susan Burnstine, Nancy Burson, Perry Dilbeck, Jill Enfield, fotovitamina, Annette Elizabeth Fournet, Brigitte Grignet, Eric Havelock-Bailie, Christopher James, Michael Kenna, Wesley Kennedy, Teru Kuwayama, Louviere & Vanessa, Mary Ann Lynch, Anne Arden McDonald, Ted Orland, Sylvia Plachy, Dan Price, Becky Ramotowski, Nancy Rexroth, Francisco Mata Rosas, Richard Ross, Franco Salmoiraghi, Rosanna Salonia, Jennifer Shaw, Nancy Siesel, Mark Sink, Kurt Smith, Sandy Sorlien, Pauline St. Denis, Harvey Stein, Gordon Stettinius, Ryan Synovec, Rebecca Tolk, Marydorsey Wanless, Shannon Welles, Matthew Yates, Dan Zamudio



* Now including the latest and greatest cameras, from the Pinhole Wide Holga, the Stereo Holga, and the all-new Blackbird, Fly
*This edition expands on its fabulous lineup of artists by including well-known Christopher James and Michael Kenna
*Still the most informative, colorful, and inspiring Plastic Camera guide in existence
 

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Review: Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

User Review  - Zinzi Graham - Goodreads

A good introduction to lomography for beginners. Avid lomographers will most likely won't take much (if anything) new away from this book however. Read full review

Review: Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

This is the perfect introduction to toy cameras. Not only because it describes different types of toy cameras, but it also offers credible opinion and regarded artistic examples. This is a good spring board into the world of toy cameras and affordable medium format options. Read full review

Contents

What are Plastic Cameras? An introduction to the history of plastic cameras
3
Plastic Portfolios 30 portfolios of images from some of the most influential and talented photographers using plastic cameras from the 1960s to today
15
Thats So Cute A survey of plastic cameras from the 1960s to today
91
Film Options Film options for all your lowtech cameras
113
Prepping and Shooting Your Holga Getting your Holga ready to play
125
Lets Get Shooting Learn to love your plastic cameras quirks and make artful images
145
Techy Tips Using filters fancy films and flash with plastic cameras
169
Holga Camera Modifications Fussing with your Holga
189
Film Handling and Processing Processing handling and storage of exposed film
199
Prints and Pixels Reviewing and printing your images
211
Alternative Processes and Presentations Alternative printing techniques and information about matting framing and presenting your photographs to t...
231
RESOURCES Plastic camera websites publications and suppliers
245
INDEX
263
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About the author (2011)

Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. Since then, she has used these plastic cameras for everything from fine-art to editorial to commercial photography. Her work has won several awards and been published on numerous web magazines, included in toy cameras exhibitions worldwide, and printed in many magazines. She has had solo shows in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and Israel. Bates has been teaching toy camera workshops since 1998, and currently teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, the Julia Dean Workshops in Los Angeles, and at the International Center of Photography in New York. She also guest lectures nationwide, and was a featured speaker at the Society for Photographic Education's NW regional conference in 2005. Currently, Michelle Bates is a member of the Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals of Freestyle Photographic Supply. With her history of creating toy camera imagery and activity in the national and international toy camera communities for well over a decade, Michelle Bates is a well-known and respected name in the field.

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