I'm not going to lie, as a total and utter camera nerd, I was so excited for this parcel to arrive. I knew it wasn't going to be easy to construct, but believed that being a photographer and having a scientist for a boyfriend meant we'd have a pretty good chance at swiftly working our way through it. Oh, how wrong I was! But the struggle was most certainly worth it!
What I loved most about the build was that it demystified the picture capturing process. There was something so wonderful (albeit fiddly) about snapping all the plastic pieces free and compiling them into a rugged, functional, magical box. For someone who is new to photography, or who has only ever worked using digital cameras, it helps you to understand the mechanics and process to shooting with film, and really get to grips with the fundamentals of photography.
When it came to using the built camera, we were on much familiar territory. There were various ways you could get creative, whether choosing to use it's bulb option for long exposures, or by not winding the film on to shoot multiple exposures. The photos below are from the roll of film shot through it, with the only editing being boosting contrast and cropping for composition. I was really surprised that something I made actually had the ability to capture these images and was ecstatic holding the negatives up to the light - something which I've not had the chance to do in quite a while!
As a final cute touch, the camera kit came with a set of stickers so that you could really make the camera your own. This really is the perfect gift for anyone who has a love for photography, no matter what level they're at. Even as a professional photographer, the whole process made me reevaluate the way I approach projects, and has made me remember just why I fell in love with photography in the first place.