Fashion Photographer Captures Model with a 0.3 Megapixel Children's Camera

Believe it or not, renowned fashion photographer Lara Jade shot these photos of a beautiful model using only a 0.3-megapixel camera. Yes, you read that right. Less than one megapixel – smartphones take better pictures than that! The reason for this major downgrade was that Jade took the Cheap Camera Challenge by DigitalRev TV.

The photographer was tasked with shooting haute couture fashion photos on the streets of Hong Kong using an Anpanman camera, a children's toy. It gets its name from a Japanese picture book where the character's head is actually a bun (and whose face is on the front of the product). Besides her cheap tools, Jade also worked against a time constraint. She was only in Hong Kong during a six-hour layover and needed to capture at least six different photos with three different looks.

The results from the challenge might be what you'd expect. Jade's images are well composed and the model looks gorgeous, but without more megapixels, the quality is grainy. Instead, the distorted aspect gives them an almost surreal, dreamlike feeling.

Laura Jade website and DigitalRev website
via [Lost At E Minor and PetaPixel]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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