We've been growing tired with the clarity and crispness of a high resolution digital image. And being of a younger generation, this is practically all we're familiar with. Sometimes we look back at photos taken by our parents and we become nostalgic for those fuzzy, discolored shots. What about them do we like so much? It's hard to say, but they have an undeniable je ne sais quoi. But you don't have to go to your parent's house and dig up their old camera to get the same look. There are a lot of new technologies which can help give you that same feeling in a much more efficient way.
The first product we wanted to mention was a recent discovery called the Zumi -- a digital camera which shot video that mimics old 8mm film footage. Reasonably priced at $185, the Zumi offers a multitude of shooting options from different color settings to macro mode and even recording sound. All of this is compressed into a camera which fits easily within the palm of your hand. The above video is an example of the quality one can expect from the camera. Another helpful feature is that all the video is recorded directly onto an SD disk so you don't have to deal with actual film.
Is $200 still too pricey for you? Well you can instead opt for a multitude of iPhone and iPod apps which substitute your state-of-the-art technology for the decades old stuff. It seems that the unanimous favorite for a video-recording app is 8mm. There are many options you can customize your video to and we think the result is quite impressive. You also get the benefit of recording on the HD resolution, as opposed to the tinier resolution of the Zumi.
Other very popular photo applications are the Hipstamatic and Instagram which comes with a nice social networking feature that many people here in the Apartment Therapy-sphere use regularly. We're still patiently waiting for Facebook to roll out "dozens" of built-in Instagram-like filters as hinted by a recent NY Times blog post.
Returning back to physical cameras, if you ever find yourself looking for more information on analog photography, you should direct yourself to the fine folks at Lomography. This space is alike the ultimate compendium of all things soft focus, light leaks, and other experimental surprises in photography. Lomography is a store, a database, a social network, a publication, and more. It is a way for you to learn how to make these beautiful photos from buying your first camera to sharing the developed photos with your friends.
It should be mentioned, however, some purists reject the use of using new technology to obtain old, analogue aesthetics. We personally don't have any reservations about using it and think whatever sparks your creativity should be encouraged. But we're curious what you think. Do you use any of the products mentioned in this post? Or are you a true diehard, always reaching for that vintage medium format camera before you walk out the door?
(photo by Photojojo)