Photographer Challenges Himself to Shoot Fantastic Photos With a $1 Camera

$1 Camera For One Month Challenge

There’s the old adage for photographers that “the gear doesn’t make the picture,” but it's the composition and storytelling that produces a truly memorable image. Skyler Adams has self-diagnosed “gear acquisition syndrome” and wanted to challenge his condition by shooting with a $1 camera for an entire month—which would hopefully break his of the mindset that new equipment will always yield better-quality photos.

“While in Japan,” he wrote on PetaPixel, “I found a Canon Sure Shot camera in a thrift store, and bought it along with an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 film for $2.” He then began photographing his surroundings, including the urban environment complete with public transit and advertisements, as well as tranquil parks along the water. The images have a slightly grainy appearance that seems to age them, like memories of a time long past.

Adams was “pleasantly surprised” at the quality of these images. “Most of the battle is finding good light,” he lamented. All told, the film processing and scanning cost his $8, bringing the total price tag to a modest $10. It also impressed an important lesson: “Thinking about the cost of each photo has helped me compose photos better.” Adams is now continuing the challenge with a disposable camera. We’re curious to see the results!

Cannon Sure Shot Image Of Urban Environment

$1 Camera Captures Quality Photo

Thrift Store Camera Captures Memorable Image

Thrift Store Film Exposes Tranquil Park By The Water

Peaceful Park Captured By Thrift Store Camera

$1 Cannon Sure Shot Camera Captures Urban Environment

Memories Captured On $1 Camera For One Month Challenge

Skyler Adams: Instagram
h/t: [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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