Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $9.74
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 67%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $9.74   
  • New (9) from $17.92   
  • Used (6) from $9.74   


Sales of plastic cameras, according to Tokina (manufacturer of the Holga) have grown immensely in the last two years, particularly in the 20s/30s age group. There is a movement to revive film — and plastic cameras offer a unique artsy outlet. In every Urban Outfitters, there is a huge display in the window featuring Holgas and Dianas, along with appropriate film that goes in the camera. Flickr has exploded with plastic camera groups. The market is also willing to spend money, because though the camera itself is cheap, it is between $20-$30 to have one roll of film developed!

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Following the success of the first edition, the second edition makes Plastic Cameras even more comprehensive and up to date. This book provides extensive how-to information to get you started and a new section on alternative processes for the advanced photographers. This ultimate guide is also packed with many inspiring photos by world renowned Holga artists such as Sylvia Plachy, Michael Kenna, Thomas Michael Alleman, Brigitte Grignet, Christopher James and many other additions."—Holga Inspire Newsletter

"This volume brings together the world of toy camera photography, including the history of their use, exhaustive instructions, tips and tricks for getting the most out of Holgas and other choice cameras, advanced camera modifications, darkroom and presentation information, and resources for continued research and sharing."—Photography Blog

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240814216
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 1,031,354
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Bates has been playing with Holgas since 1991. Since then, she has used these plastic cameras for everything from fine-art to editorial to commercial photography. Her work has won several awards and been published on numerous web magazines, included in toy cameras exhibitions worldwide, and printed in many magazines. She has had solo shows in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and Israel.
Bates has been teaching toy camera workshops since 1998, and currently teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, the Julia Dean Workshops in Los Angeles, and at the International Center of Photography in New York. She also guest lectures nationwide, and was a featured speaker at the Society for Photographic Education's NW regional conference in 2005.
Currently, Michelle Bates is a member of the Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals of Freestyle Photographic Supply.
With her history of creating toy camera imagery and activity in the national and international toy camera communities for well over a decade, Michelle Bates is a well-known and respected name in the field.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: What Are Plastic Cameras?
An introduction to the history of plastic cameras

CHAPTER 2: Plastic Portfolios
Images from 30 of the most influential and talented photographers using plastic cameras from the 1960s to today

CHAPTER 3: That's So Cute!
A survey of plastic cameras

CHAPTER 4: Film Options
Film options for Holgas and other low-tech cameras

CHAPTER 5: Prepping and Shooting Your Holga
A guide to prepping and shooting a Holga camera

CHAPTER 6: Let's Get Shooting!
Learn to love your plastic camera's quirks and make artful images

CHAPTER 7: Techy Tips
Using filters, fancy films, and flash with plastic cameras

CHAPTER 8: Holga Camera Modifications
Fussing with your Holga

CHAPTER 9: Film Handling and Processing
Processing, handling, and storage of exposed film

CHAPTER 10: Prints and Pixels
Reviewing and printing your images

CHAPTER 11: Alternative Processes and Presentation
Alternative printing techniques and information about matting, framing, and presenting your photographs to the world

Plastic camera websites, publications, and suppliers


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)