Ways to Use Disposable Cameras

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Ways to Use Disposable Cameras
Use simple items such as tape, fisheye lenses and filters to modify the camera. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A disposable camera might not seem like much, as it is inexpensive, takes low-quality pictures and is generally just used for quick family shots at tourist destinations. However, use some of the attributes of a disposable camera to create interesting and unusual pictures sure to wow family and friends.

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Double Exposure

Get a double exposure out of your camera by charging the flash and smacking it on the palm of your other hand with the lens facing out, which should cause the flash to fire. A double exposure may give you a much more unusual picture than you had planned on getting.

3D Images

Create your own 3D images by duct-taping two disposable cameras together. To do this, snap a shot with both cameras at the same time, then scan the images and animate them in a program such as Photoshop to create your own stereograph. Or, look at the two photographs together and cross your eyes so the two images become three images. Focus on the image in the centre.

Flash Filters

Play with the colour in your photographs using flash filters. Buy some at a store or make your own with some cellophane or waxed paper; alternatively, play with any material to experiment with the effects. Give a cityscape shot a deep red tint, or generate a green glow over a picture of a mountain, for example. Do the same with your lenses by using coloured markers on some packing tape, or colouring directly on the lens. Also try using sunglasses and soda bottles, or perhaps a prism.

Damage It

Damage the camera for some funky results. Toss your camera into a pool, leave it in the freezer or poke holes in the camera, then take some photos to see what kind of crazy results you can get. Damage the lens by scratching it up with a tool or sandpaper. Try melting it a little to see what kind of effects you can get.

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