Hi Dylan! Tell us about yourself! What do you do and what are you passionate about? Hype yourself up!

I'm Dylan - an artist, developer, and photographer from Austin, TX. I do balloon things, teach martial arts and make games for the Playdate handheld system. I've got an open-world ART gallery game series on the Playdate that came about when I started itching to do a gallery show. I ended up making my own Gallery and quite a lot of Paper Shoot work has gone into the series!

What inspired you to get a Paper Shoot Camera?

I love non-traditional forms of photography. 3D anaglyphs, Gameboy Camera, Tilt/Shift. The immediacy of something like the Paper Shoot was super appealing and the concept of bringing digital back to the film days in the wait and anticipation of seeing your shots was another huge draw. I almost dismissed the camera at first! I felt like I had Too much going on in terms of photography, but something just kept drawing my back to the Digital Instant concept. 

The Paper Shoot really felt like it would do away with a lot of the inconvenience of film while also focusing down on the aspects of shooting that I longed for. Capturing a moment
in time.

What advice would you give to another Paper Shoot Camera user?

Absolutely ignore the viewfinder. I honestly use the Paper Shoot as an extension of my eye and just point it at what I Think it should capture. Meticulously planning your framing
and composition in camera - while possible - is difficult. This may be more stylistic advice than anything, but if you just point and click you will be shocked by the composition you can achieve intuitively, especially as you get more and more used to what the camera can see over time. 

The Paper Shoot at the end of your arm is actually a big unlock in terms of photography. You can get so many more interesting angles and height variations if you just point and click vs. holding it up to your face and worrying about it. Let the Paper Shoot free you!

What is your favourite Paper Shoot feature?

The anticipation. Shooting with the Paper Shoot is like waking up on Christmas morning every time I load up the SD card. When I shoot with a Nikon or my phone and have instant review, I can get bogged down in the details. Digital Instant is a bit of a misnomer in that you will not get that instant gratification, but it builds and seeing what came out - or what was a miss even - is the best part of the shooting experience.

If you could tell Paper Shoot Haters one thing, what would it be? (Don’t hold back)

There are haters? Why? It's a tool and an amazing one at that. If you use it well, you can do surprising work.

If you could gift anyone throughout history a Paper Shoot, who would it be?

I feel like with Paper Shoot I can get closer to what my eye can see in terms of capturing a moment than I can with any other camera. So what did Van Gogh see? Picasso? Dali? Moebius? These artists that saw the world differently - what would they capture?

How are you using your camera this summer/where are you most excited to bring it? On cottage trips? To farmer's markets? On vacation?

The Paper Shoot stays close at hand on any trip - most recently to Tokyo and the mountains of Japan. My partner and I both have Paper shoots and while we ate and shopped and experienced Japan, what we did more than anything else was take pictures. A lot of pictures. And due to the quick and unobtrusive nature of the camera, we were able to pocket it and be respectful of the culture while also bringing back cherished memories. 

What would you tell someone who is on the fence about getting a Paper Shoot?

Shooting with the Paper Shoot is freeing and a different experience from almost any other camera. After very little time shooting with it, I was taking pictures and getting different
perspectives than I ever had before. I was a skeptic and the experience and
work that I get out of it have made me an advocate!