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Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity Paperback – 11 Feb 2006
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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.
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After the brief history lesson, there are portfolios for 23 different photographers who use plastic cameras on a regular basis. The images and artists displayed are well chosen and interesting to see.
The book then dives into the real meat and potatoes of what you need to know about plastic cameras. From this point onwards, the information is mostly centered towards Holgas, but is sometimes relevant to other cameras (e.g. Diana, Fujipet etc). The author begins with the basics - film choice, loading/unloading of film etc, but then quickly moves on to more advanced topics such as modifying your Holga.
The final chapter concerns the array of options available to you once you've shot your roll of film. The author talks about both traditional darkroom based skills and modern Photoshop and digital imagery techniques. The author does not go into too much detail in this section, as there are a plethora of books dealing specifically with this.
Bates's style of writing is concise and somewhat technical, yet I feel she explains everything clearly enough that anyone would be able to understand. They layout of the book is pleasant with colourful pages and plenty example images. Finally the book is rounded off with a comprehensive list of related Holga websites and publications.
'Plastic Cameras' offers a great deal of information for newcomers, but I still believe that even experienced Holga users may find this book interesting. I have been using Holgas for a while now and I run one of the most popular Holga web resources. I found the book delightful and would recommend it to any plastic fanatic!
There are many great images and the text give a good basic understanding of the use of these cheap plastic cameras
It seem that most of the information is based on the earlier Holga's using the 120mm film, there is no mention of the35mm versions that have been around for a while now, so as I have just purchased the 35mm model a bit disappointing.
Hopefully an revised edition will be around soon
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