Tips For Taking Great Photos With Plastipic

For the most part, you can get good photos with Plastipic just by pointing and shooting. However, there are a few things to keep in mind, and some fun things to try, that can help make your photos great.

Compose for the square

Consider composing your photos in a way that works well with Plastipic’s square aspect ratio:

Try placing the subject of your photo in the center, creating balance from all sides of the frame.

Try a composition where the content is divided evenly between two halves of the frame, into four quarters, or some other grid.

Keep your subject in mind

Since part of what makes Plastipic photos unique are the slightly blurred and darkened corners, you might also:

Place the subject of your photo in the center to ensure the important parts remain in focus, this can also help to reduce distracting elements by making them darker and defocused.

Instead of a single subject, try filling the entire frame with a pattern or scene where the photo has no clear subject. In this case the entire pattern/scene that fills the frame IS the subject.

Try multiple exposures

Get creative with Plastipic’s multiple exposure feature. Keep in mind that when combining multiple exposures, if a certain area is bright in one photo and that same area is dark in the other photo – the brighter part “wins” and is what will be shown more prominently. If the area is close to the same brightness in both photos, then you’ll see a mix of each when combining them.

Embrace the unpredictable

Part of the fun of inexpensive plastic film cameras is their unpredictable nature. When getting your film developed you might be surprised by the results and maybe end up with a few photos that are happy accidents. Plastipic tries to build upon that unpredictable fun, and take it even further.

Plastipic’s randomized blur / vignette is done in a way where it should always look good… but don’t be surprised if it’s taken to another level on occasion. You might try taking a few photos of the same subject just to see what you get.

Use Plastipic’s “Random” filter option, which chooses one of the other filters at random. This adds to the unexpected nature of the results, and can be a fun way to get creative with the colors used in a photo.

Turn up the heat

Switch on the Spice feature to add light leaks, simulated partial exposures and many other kinds of randomized unexpected weirdness:

Here are some examples of different photos taken with the Spice feature enabled: