Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Americans Starting To Toy Around With Toy Cameras

MAYWOOD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A picture may be worth a thousand words, but some people prefer to shoot them on cameras that only cost four bucks.

That’s the picture posed by C. Gary Moyer, who is fond of taking photos on what he calls “toy cameras,” which he defines as “cheaply made with plastic lenses.”

Moyer says toy cameras are perfect for a photo buff who would rather spend their time pointing and shooting rather than looking at light meters, replacing flash bulbs or using the focus button.

He compares the resultant pictures to Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates because, “You never know what you’re going to get,” but says a real artistic eye can get some very interesting photos “that you can’t put a date on.”

But while a toy camera can be found in a junk shop for cheap, Moyer admits that the onset of digital photography may make the film harder to get in future years.

Moyer provides a picture of what toy cameras can do in a new book, Toycam Handbook (Lulu.com).

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