Hands up anyone who had a camera when they were young? Your first camera. Depending on your age this could be anything from a modern digital camera, DSLR or even a mobile phone. If like me you are slightly older you probably had an instamatic camera. The process of photography has changed so much since I opened the box of my first Kodak camera. A 110mm Kodak Cross instant camera. It was a small rectangular shaped box device with a built in flash and a protective plastic cover on a hinge which folded out to become a stand to hold the camera with. It took plastic film cartridges which held 24 photos. You could even by a disposable flash panel for it which plugged into the top.
Today, even the cheapest modern digital camera will present the user with a plethora of options and photos styles and features to play with. The Kodak Cross had one setting: sunny or cloudy! It was a true point and shoot camera. (The camera is shown in the image below).
In many ways it was a simpler time. You pointed the camera at the subject and simply clicked and that was it. No worrying about exposure, aperture, iso or white balance. Then you had the wait, the uncertainty as to what would drop through the letter box a couple of weeks later. Would your patience be rewarded with 24 perfect photos or (as often was the case) would you have an envelope of blurred, dark and confusing shots? I loved the look of those instamatic photos (the ones that came out!). I recently discovered a photo album from my youth and had a nostalgic thumb through the pages. The colours and the tones of the photos was so different to those of a modern digital camera. Slightly washed out and with a distinct tone to the colours.
Nowadays you can even replicate the look and feel of an instamatic photo using filters in almost any modern photo processing software. Social media has also embraced the instamatic photo style and ethos or point-click-display. Instagram in particular allows you take a photo with a smartphone and then apply one of several filters to it to create a vintage or instamatic style image. My choice for giving a photo the vintage treatment is my trust Adobe Lightroom. The image? The classic view of Kings College - mainly because its is somewhere I took many photos when I was young.
Taken with a Canon600d with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / iso100 / F14