My first camera

Kodak Instamatic 110 camera

I was surprised to learn that many photographers today have never shot with film.  I guess this is dating me but to take a formal photography class and not start with black & white film seems strange to me.  How do you learn the importance of tonality, texture and composition with color complicating it all?

This is how I started, with a Kodak Instamatic 110.  I don’t remember how old I was when I got it but I thought it was the greatest thing ever.  You could even plug-in the flash cubes that had 4, one use flash bulbs that melted the glass when they went off.

The back even had a place for my initials, of course I had to cover up my brother’s initials since it was a hand-me-down.   I discovered some old 110 Ektachrome 64 in my freezer, if I can find some place that will develop it maybe I give the old camera a try.

Kodak Instamatic 110 camera

How many of you used to shoot with film and what was your first camera?


3 thoughts on “My first camera

  1. I took a film photography class in high school and fell in love with making my own prints. I remember my parents yelling at me because I kept staining my clothes with developer. I’ve taken more classes since then and had a membership to a dark room and I’m still staining my clothes

  2. My first class was also in high school. I later took over the darkroom my brother had built in the garage. It was only in the past year I got rid of my old enlarger, it was so rusty and had so much dust inside that I doubt it was usable anymore.

  3. This was my first camera as well. My father is a big film guy. I still have it and I just found a place that sells 110 film, and I even have a friend that can develop the film in his dark room.

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