Disposable Camera Street Photography by Eric Kim

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$5 Disposable Camera from Walgreens. My new street photography camera.

When it comes to street photography, I am a huge advocate that it doesn’t matter what camera you have for street photography. You don’t need a $6900 Leica M9 to do street photography–whatever camera you have on you will work. In-fact, there is no “best” camera for street photography, as every camera out there has its own pros/cons.

To help bring some light to the issue that what camera you use for street photography doesn’t matter, I decided to do a new project involving disposable cameras. First inspired by the Mosaic photography contest, where contestants in Beirut, Lebanon had to take photos with disposable cameras– I was quite amazed by the results. And at $5, disposable cameras are certainly cheap. Sure buying a ton of them and developing the film isn’t, but I thought it might be a fun exercise regardless.

All the images taken below were with a disposable $5 Walgreens camera. I am quite pleased how they came out (no post-processing applied):

San Diego

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"America" - Downtown San Diego

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"You're Not Alone" - Downtown San Diego

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"Chilling" - Downtown San Diego

Santa Monica

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"Entry" - Santa Monica

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"Exit" - Santa Monica

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"No Limits" - Santa Monica

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"The Red Flag" - Santa Monica

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"Framed" - Santa Monica

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"Reflections" - Santa Monica

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"Gridlock" - Santa Monica

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"Skating" - Santa Monica (shot with Flash)

Lebanon

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"Departure"

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"Window View" - Lebanon

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"Levitation" - Lebanon

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"Secret Agent"

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"Salon" - Lebanon

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"Crosses" - Lebanon

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"United Colors" - Lebanon

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"People on the Bus" - Lebanon

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"Stop" - Lebanon

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"Edgar Tueni" - Lebanon

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"Raised Portrait" - Lebanon

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"Curtains" - Lebanon

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"Red and Blue" - Lebanon

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"The Streets" - Lebanon

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Comments

  1. David Glasco says

    Made your point! Just sold my M9 and bought a couple cases of Walgreen’s best. Even got them to throw in free processing.

  2. says

    some are bright and clear…some are noisy with not a lot of contrast…is it on the real photo so or come this from the scan ? (photos: America, no limit, framed,gridlock, skating, departure, secret agent, crosses i.e.)

    • says

      All of the photos are straight out of the camera. The grain you see is from the film, and the ones without a lot of contrast are a bit underexposed and dark (I can’t adjust exposure via disposable camera) ;)

  3. Luke says

    Wonderful composition in so may of these shots, and a lovely vibe with the “look” of the pics from the disposable. My favorite is secret agent :)

  4. says

    Bravo! I have this same $5 Walgreens camera, and am very encouraged by your results. It will now be my project to take it out and try the same on the streets of Seattle. Thank you!

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