Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/2/11
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Take a tour of the burgeoning world of toy cameras and low-tech photography with Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity. Whether you're an experienced enthusiast or toy camera neophyte, you'll find Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity chock full of tantalizing tips, fun facts and, of course, absolutely striking photographs taken with the lowest tech and simplest tools around.
I got me a Holga. Now What?
Holgas need a little TLC before they're ready to go out in the world and start snapping. Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity digs through all the different Holga models available, lays out thier advantages and quirks and helps you get up to speed on all the prep you'll need to do to jump in on the toy-camera revolution.
What should I Feed my Holga?
Holgas, Dianas, other toy cameras can use many types of film. Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, lays all their pros and cons on the line letting you get some images you want, and some you could just never imagine.
Can Holga come out to play?
Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity will help you steer your way through all the details and quirks of taking wonderful and weird pictures with your toy camera. We'll explore possible subjects and the best way to shoot them and play with all sorts of techniques from vignetting, to multiple exposures, to panoramas, close-ups, movement, night photography, flare, flash, color and more.
For the Intrepid Holga-ographer
For the Holga master, we've diagramed and described advanced toy camera modifications and introduce you to a variety of problems, solutions and inventions born from toy cameras' "limitations.
From negatives to prints or pixels, we help you navigate your post-shooting choices.
The Diana, Banner, Action Sampler, Photo Blaster, and Lensbaby are all toy cameras with their own loveable qualities. We'll look beyond the Holga to show a whole wide world of toys.
Artists Artists in this book include:
Mary Ann Lynch
Anne Arden McDonald
Francisco Mata Rosas
Pauline St. Denis
;-p r a b u!
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.
The book features quite a number of artists, each with their own style. You learn a bit about the artist and how they achieve their results. Sure, you can hop on the internet and view thousands of random pictures, but here they are curated for you. The best of the best are arranged so you can page through, find what inspires you, and then of course you can always Google to learn more. There are a variety of inspirations. I really liked a diptych by Sylvia Plachy where the first image gives you a quite different impression than the pair as a whole. I also liked Laura Burlton's image of a real girl on a chalk-drawn fake background. It shows how endless the possibilities are. I especially love the shot-on-35-mm images where the image goes right over the sprocket holes.
It's important to note that there is nudity in here. If a parent is buying this for a young child, they should take that into consideration.
There's information in here on various cameras, like the Holga and Diana, with all their various accessories. It talks about film types.
It provides quite practical advice. Don't bother with a lens cap. I had heard this message many times and yet I still managed to try taking photos with the lens cap on! Really, listen to it. It provides details on how managing light leaks on Holgas.
I like the emphasis on fun techniques like multiple exposures. To me that's the beauty of a camera like a Holga. And the connected panoramas.
And then the book goes into wildly fun ideas. Take a cyanotype of your negative. Mat them with non-traditional framing.
I brought this to a photography meeting and people loved looking through it for ideas.
The paper used in this book is beautiful and does justice to the many excellent images inside. If this were a large, hard cover coffee table book for big bucks, it would be a good investment. .
Michelle's book is fun to read and offers many tips, tricks and techniques for the amateur and seasoned photographer alike. I disagree with the reviewer who described the images in the book as too 'artsy fartsy'. I feel they appropriately serve to illustrate the techniques discussed and are a good overview of contemporary artists using 'plastic' cameras.
This is a great title for the curious. I'm now inspired to attempt some panoramas and double exposures as described in the book.