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Plastic Cameras

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CHAPTER 1: What Are Plastic Cameras? An introduction to the history of plastic cameras CHAPTER 2: Plastic Portfolios Images from 30 of the most influential and talented photographers using plastic cameras from the 1960s to today CHAPTER 3: That's So Cute! A survey of plastic cameras CHAPTER 4: Film Options Film options for Holgas and other low-tech cameras CHAPTER 5: Prepping and Shooting Your Holga A guide to prepping and shooting a Holga camera CHAPTER 6: Let's Get Shooting! Learn to love your plastic camera's quirks and make artful images CHAPTER 7: Techy Tips Using filters, fancy films, and flash with plastic cameras CHAPTER 8: Holga Camera Modifications Fussing with your Holga CHAPTER 9: Film Handling and Processing Processing, handling, and storage of exposed film CHAPTER 10: Prints and Pixels Reviewing and printing your images CHAPTER 11: Alternative Processes and Presentation Alternative printing techniques and information about matting, framing, and presenting your photographs to the world RESOURCES Plastic camera websites, publications, and suppliers INDEX

About the Author

Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. Since then, she has used these plastic cameras for everything from fine-art to editorial to commercial photography. Her work has won several awards and been published on numerous web magazines, included in toy cameras exhibitions worldwide, and printed in many magazines. She has had solo shows in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and Israel. Bates has been teaching toy camera workshops since 1998, and currently teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, the Julia Dean Workshops in Los Angeles, and at the International Center of Photography in New York. She also guest lectures nationwide, and was a featured speaker at the Society for Photographic Education's NW regional conference in 2005. Currently, Michelle Bates is a member of the Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals of Freestyle Photographic Supply. With her history of creating toy camera imagery and activity in the national and international toy camera communities for well over a decade, Michelle Bates is a well-known and respected name in the field.


"Following the success of the first edition, the second edition makes Plastic Cameras even more comprehensive and up to date. This book provides extensive how-to information to get you started and a new section on alternative processes for the advanced photographers. This ultimate guide is also packed with many inspiring photos by world renowned Holga artists such as Sylvia Plachy, Michael Kenna, Thomas Michael Alleman, Brigitte Grignet, Christopher James and many other additions."--Holga Inspire Newsletter "This volume brings together the world of toy camera photography, including the history of their use, exhaustive instructions, tips and tricks for getting the most out of Holgas and other choice cameras, advanced camera modifications, darkroom and presentation information, and resources for continued research and sharing."--Photography Blog

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