In 2017, there is no doubt we now live in a completely digital world and analog is a thing of the past. With so many different types of DSLR’s, better cameras on our phones, and Instagram filters, everyone is a photographer these days.
But honestly, I believe we forgot where we came from.
Think of the time where the only option for taking a picture was by using film. The “genuine and authentic” photographers, who at first, had no idea what they were shooting.
There was no screen on the back of their Canon or Nikon to tell them, “okay, turn down your ISO, or slow down your shutter speed”.
Believe me, I’m not saying I don’t fall into the category of relying on my DSLR to show me the picture I just took and what I need to adjust. Cause I definitely do.
For me, as someone who enjoys taking photos, I genuinely appreciate the film photographer. The photographer who takes the time to develop and care for their film in the dark room. It’s a lost art.
I can go on and on about this but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about an absolutemust that every traveler should have with them when they explore our planet.
Its something that has been lost in our generation, outsourced, and looked down upon.
The disposable camera.
Now, before you click back or close the window, hear me out.
I definitely can’t argue with you that disposable cameras take even remotely as good of a picture as a DSLR or even your basic digital camera. Because they don’t.
I can’t argue with you that they can take as many photos as a DSLR or digital camera. Because they don’t.
At the same time, that’s my point.
On our digital cameras we can take thousands and thousands of photographs.
Waiting or hoping to get the perfect shot for our Instagram accompanied with the perfect caption to go with it. Adjusting each setting to the perfect ISO, shutter speed, and f stop.
And yes, you’re right. You cannot do that on a disposable.
You can’t analyze each photo you just took.
You can’t check to see if it’s the perfect photo.
You can’t even take more than 30 photos.
When a disposable camera takes a picture. It takes a picture in its most raw, authentic, genuine form. After you turn the crank and snap the picture, it’s done. Over.
You can’t edit it. You can’t see it.
You only get 27 photographs in a disposable.
You only have 27 chances to take your most unique, beautiful, and memorable moments from your travels.
You have to make them count.
See, we live in world where the mindset is quantity over quality.
After you develop your film and go through them, it’s almost as if you re-live your trip. Since you can’t look at them until you get the film developed two or three months later, you’ll find yourself saying, “wow! I forgot I took this picture!” or “yooo lmao, that was hilarious”.
And after they are developed..
You can hold these memories. You can feel these memories. You can appreciate these memories even more. It takes you right back to the beach you were sitting on, the mountain you climbed, or the bar with the stickiest floors.
Yes, you can get your DSLR photos developed as well. Yes, you can hold them and appreciate them.
But, I don’t know. I can’t explain it.
It’s just different.
The natural, original filter the disposable gives you is nostalgic, you feel the innocence in these moments.
I mean, just look at some of the memories above. All of these precious memories were captured by disposable cameras.
The lighting isn’t perfect, it’s a little blurry, and definitely not a perfect picture.
But that’s life.
Life doesn’t give you thousands and thousands of opportunities.
Life can be a little blurry, the lighting can be too bright or a little dark.
But that’s life.
Do yourself a favor and try this on your next trip. Whether it’s a weekend trip, 10-day vacation, or six months backpacking the globe. Get yourself a disposable camera for as little as $7 or at most, $20.
Listen, I’m not saying you should bring 16 disposable cameras with you on your next trip. Of course I bring my Canon t5i Rebel with me for some incredible pictures. And you should bring your DSLR too.
What I’m saying is, in life; know the difference between a disposable camera moment vs. a DSLR.
So, now you may ask? Well, how can you tell the difference? You haven't noticed the pattern from the pictures you see above?
DSLR for landscape and scenery. (you can use your disposable for this too, just make it count)
Disposable for people, friends, and raw memories.
I use my disposable with friends I’ve met along the journey.
People I may never see again, because in that picture, in that moment. I will always have their laugh, jokes, and memories we created. The disposable captures the rawness and authenticity of the moment.
These are your memories.
These are your moments you’ll look back on when you’re 50, 60, or 70 years old.
These are your moments you’ll be able to tell your grandkids or whoever, and say,