A Rookie’s Guide to Disposable Cameras

Ah, disposable cameras. These little rectangular-shaped, plastic pieces of joy that are usually placed in the corner of your home, left to collect dust.


Well, turns out this single-use, 27+12 exposures camera is much more meaningful than you think. You don’t know how your shots will turn out after clicking that shutter button, and you can’t delete the shitty photos. And let’s not forget about the excitement of waiting for your shots to be developed. That very moment when you receive an email notification that your photos are done and ready for collection.


I’ve recently grown fond of film photography, and here are some lessons I learnt since I started using the Kodak 800 Disposable Camera:


Tip #1: Beware of the finger.

What you see from the viewfinder is not necessarily what they seem.


Look at my finger saying, “Hi” to everyone at the corner of the photo. It may look cute here, but it doesn’t apply for every photo you take. This happened, thanks to the cute structure of the camera body; the lens is so tiny that my big finger became part of the picture while I was holding it. So make sure to hold your camera properly when you shoot, unless you want your finger to be part of the picture. You do you.

Tip #2: Always check the red light.

When the red light turns on, that means your flash is ready to… well, flash.


Every time you take a picture in a super dark place, always remember to press the ⚡ button before snapping. If you don’t, your subject’s body might just go missing — like all the guys/girls you texted before, oops.

Tip #3: Mirror, mirror on the wall. Get lost.

If you’re searching for a brighter future, take a mirror shot with the flashlight on. Flash it like the MIB. None of us will forget anything but you’ll start to hope that your future will be as bright as the flash.


The problem with this is that the flash is so strong, that you’re completely blocked from the bright light and you can’t see shit in the photo. That means you’re blind AND your picture’s wasted. Why would you want that? Don’t waste your precious film. And your precious eyes.

Tip #4: Wrong angle = space warp.

According to this magical place called Google, the Kodak 800 Disposable Camera comes with a 25-28mm lens which I believe is what gives photos a wide-angle look. Because of that, some photos (like the one I shot above) can appear distorted at certain places.


It’s all about finding the right balance at this point. From my experience, you just need to hold your camera at the right angle, so you can get a nicer composition, and hope for the best.

Tips #5: Time stopping machines are cool.

The high shutter speed on the Kodak 800 Disposable Camera allows you to freeze time. (Again, according to my handy dandy Google search, it’s 1/100.) The camera comes with a fixed ISO, aperture and shutter speed, so personally I think it’s quite handy if you want to create a time-freezing effect.


All you need to do is roll the film, ask your subject to jump at the count of 3, press the shutter *kachak* at the count of 3.5, and you’re done! Now repeat 27+12 times.

Tips #6: Scroll, *kachak*, wait.

Usually after I take a photo, I try not to turn the scroll wheel until I take the next picture. This is to prevent myself from accidentally pressing the shutter button and taking a shot by mistake.


Sometimes, it can be quite fun to take an unexpected photo (a.k.a. ugly photo) but make sure you don’t mistakenly take a shot when you’re naked, otherwise people who develop your film will be surprised by how sexy you are.

Side notes: Just want to share lah.

Taking pictures with a disposable camera is awesome; you can never get the same film vibes with a DSLR. The camera works amazingly in low-light situations (remember to turn the flash on!) and no one ever looks like a ghost in the shots (except if you’re too fair). Other than that, taking a group picture with a film camera gives the photo more meaning, so grab your friends and snap away.


Itulah semua dari saya, sekian terima kasih. :3


P/S: This post is not sponsored, but I’m open to sponsorships. Please give me free things.


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Neko Loh

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