Most professional photographers opt for a DSLR nowadays, but for the more casual photographers disposable cameras could be the best option. However, some professionals may be pleasantly surprised with the capabilities of what some may classify as an outdated camera.

A few of the simple advantages to buying a disposable camera are its affordability, durability and flexibility. While these are all benefits in using the lightweight device, there are also several ways to transform and operate these cameras to leave you with an unexpected amount of extraordinary shots.

1) One way you can get more out of your disposable camera is to smack the side of it, which may force the shutter to open more. This may allow for a double exposure when shooting. The trick is to follow these steps:

1. Charge your flash by holding down the button

2. Hold camera in one hand and then smack it on it down on the palm of your other hand with the lens side facing out.

3. The flash will fire and could possibly give you a double exposure

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2) Have you ever wanted to document scenes of what goes on in your local park, although you’re too reserved to ask people to take their picture? One way to get a view of the people and other activities in the park is to fasten a disposable camera to a park bench with a sign that gives shooting directions. Pick up the camera later to see what interesting photos people have taken.

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3) It’s possible to produce three-dimensional images with a disposable camera by taking two photos at the same time from two different angles. In order to do this you need to tape two cameras side by side and simply shoot the same image with both simultaneously. Here’s a tutorial on how to shoot 3D images with disposable cameras right here.

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4) To capture photos with an extra pop of color hold a flash filter in front of the screen of the disposable camera. You can buy your own filters, but there’s also the alternative to make your own by taping cellophane, colored wrappers and waxed paper or other kinds of paper to the front of the screen. Another tip for creating a flash filter is to cover the flash with permanent marker.

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5) Another way to enhance the images from a disposable camera is to make a filter for the lens. Disposable camera lenses you can purchase are usually small and it’s easy to make your own. A few ways to make these DIY lens filters is by using colored marker on packaging tape, color right onto the lens, use sunglasses or soda pop bottles or place a prism in front of the camera.

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6) To shoot distorted images you can purchase Photojojo’s fisheye photo lens. It’s as simple as sticking the detachable magnetic ring to your disposable’s lens.

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7) Another fun thing to try with your disposable camera is destroying the film. Some things to try are throwing the camera in the pool, leaving it in the freezer or punching tiny holes in it to cause light leaks. This idea may sound crazy, but there’s actually an entire group devoted to posting these types of photos on Flickr.

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8) Damaging the camera’s lens is an additional way to modify the camera to create unusual yet stunning photos. A number of the methods worth trying include rubbing your lens with steel wool or sandpaper, melting the lens with a hot instrument, painting it with nail polish, or taking it off and turning it around to be placed on backwards.

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