We all have photographer friends who are cooler than we are -who turn up their noses at the mention of iPhone photography as their $500 film camera dangles from their neck, their pictures blanketed in that classic, grainy haze, and they’re probably going to smoke cigarettes and listen to Bon Iver later. We’ve all desperately wanted to be them as we’ve scoured the Best Buy website or numbly typed “Film Camera” into the Amazon search bar in the hopes that we’d find our ticket to joining the ranks of the chill and the poetic.
Most of us have given up after a quick peek at the overwhelming choices and the hefty prices. If you invest in a good one, will it sit at the back of your closet after five weeks of printing dusky shots of the woods behind your house? If you aim for a cheaper one, will your pictures look less like the romantic picture-book exposure you were aiming for, and more like a bad Instagram feed circa 2014? Is your dream of having an Instagram just for your film pictures really worth all of this?
You could always just be the funny friend.
Or you could get a Paper Shoot.
While entirely customizable with a vast collection of classic, stylish, and creative cases, the Paper Shoot camera is an innovative and eco-friendly newcomer to the photography game. It’s made from eco-friendly materials and shoots high-quality film-style photos, all from a frame that can fit inside your pocket. It even comes with four coloured lenses for creative shooting: colour, black-and-white, green tint, and blue tint, which means that the classic achromatic raindrop-on-a-window photo is just waiting to be taken.
Imagine showing up to a party with your compact, customized, eco-friendly camera and not having to fumble with a hundred controls just to take a few photos of everyone smushed together in a corner. To take a picture with the Paper Shoot, all you need to do is press the button on the front of the camera, wait for the capture sound, and you’re done! You can even take 10 seconds of 1080p and Time Lapse videos. You can watch a more in-depth tutorial here.
And just like that, you’re on your way to using your unique, eco-friendly camera to shoot anything you can think of.
The best part is that when you’re done snapping your pics, you can just remove your SD card and upload them to your computer. That means you’re getting classic film photos without having to take time out of your day, stand in line at some store in a part of town that you never go to, and buy hundreds of dollars’ worth of film rolls. You can transfer your photos straight from your camera to your phone in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your own home. You don’t even have to get out of BED.
Now that you two are familiar, grab your Paper Shoot and start snapping away! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Check out @takenbypapershootfor inspo and make sure to tag us in your masterpiece @papershootcameras!