Cheap Non-Digital Photography Methods for Summer

Cheap Non-Digital Photography Methods for Summer

Mike Tyson
Jun 24, 2011

Have some extra time on your hands? Or maybe you're planning on doing some traveling during the summer months and want a new way to document it other than the standard DSLR or point and shoot? Well here is an excellent way to step away from the digital world and have fun with some unique photography techniques that are both affordable, easy to make, and beautiful!

Sunprints
These unique UV-sensitive paper works like the 19th century cyanotype printing process. Because the paper is UV-sensitive, when it is exposed to natural sunlight the paper changes color to a beautiful blue hue. The trick is to place objects on the paper so when it is exposed to the sun, the blocked portion of the paper remains white. There are numerous methods you could use to record the images which makes this such a fun exercise. It is also great for young kids to make some quick and easy art that isn't the standard paper and pencil.

Pinhole Cameras
Pinhole cameras are another fun way to capture images. There are many pinhole cameras that you can purchase which are easily assembled out of paper. There are also more durable cameras made from plastic, some even containing 2 lens for a "3d" look.

Instax Cameras
Fujifilm's Instax cameras are small and easily portable which makes them perfect for travel. The image quality isn't crystal clear however you can achieve some beautiful results in the same vein as a polaroid camera. And the best part is that you get instant gratification! Take a photo and your images print right out — no need to worry about developing rolls and rolls of footage when you get back from a vacation or if you're looking to spend a no-hassle day in the park.

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