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Tips and tricks to get cool photo effects from a disposable camera

Now a days we have all these awesome cameras and computer programs that can edit the photos into some thing new and cool. Even from my cell phone I can edit a photo on the spot and create a cool image, but did you know that you can do these same effects with a regular old disposable camera?

Making 3D pictures
You can easily create 3D images with your disposable cameras. The way that 3d works is by taking two pictures of the same thing from slightly different angles. So if you take two disposable cameras and tape them together one upside down and one right side up. You can use a few of the methods on this site to view your 3D images.

Color filters
You can get some really cool color effects when you hold a flash filter up infront of the flash. If you want to get really creative you can use wax paper or other clear colorful wrapping plastics to get some interesting effects.

Damage the lens
Damaging the lens can do some really cool stuff. Take a screw driver or piece of steel wool and scratch the edges of the lens. Doing this will give you an awesome framed look and there are so many options for things to do. Even just flipping the lens inside out will give you a different picture.

Disposable cameras may seem like something from the past, but with these tips you can make some really cool artwork. There is really no limit to the effects that you can get from playing with a disposable camera and best of all they don't require you to learn a new photo editing software!

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canon powershot A400


Try NOT connecting your camera to your computer.


The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.


Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program, such as Picasa.

Dec 15, 2012 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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vivitar camera


Hi Lamper,

You really do not need the Cd to download the pictures. Hook up the USB cable, and turn on your Camera. Your computer should alert you that the camera is connected. Follow the directions on the computer to download your Pics. I am sure your CD was quite valuable and probably had some really cool programs to edit the photos. I like using Adobe Photoshop. I will see if I can find you a download for you a new Vivitar replacement.

Nov 04, 2007 | Photography

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how to edit a photo?


Most computers have a simple photo editing program included. If you Google "free photo editing programs", you will find some very good free ones. Photoshop even has one that lets you edit over the internet without having to download anything.

Sep 01, 2010 | Cameras

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downloading photos from Canon 400D direct to Canons photo editing programmes on new windows Vista computer.


There are two ways to solve this problem. I am assuming you are simply clicking on the pictures and choosing "edit" or double clicking on the pictures and they are opening in "Vista picture editing"
The first way to overcome this is by opening the desired program first (in this case canon's photo editor) and then choose open and find the desired photos.
The other way is to set the file type association in vista so that RAW programs open with the canon program see below for step by step:
1. Click Start
2. Click default programs on the black bar
3. Click Associate a file type or protocol with a program
4. Find the file types you want to open automatically in your canon editing program (RAW .jpg etc)
5. Click once at the top of the page click change program
6. A new window will open, if it does not list the correct program click browse at the bottom of the window and find your editor in it's folder.
7. Select the desired program by double clicking
8. Click OK
9. Click close
10. Test the new file association by double clicking a RAW file or one of the other file types and see if it loads into the correct program.

The final (and this is simply my plug for open source programs) solution would be to try something like GIMP (it is a photo editing suite developed under linux but adapted for windows) you can search for it on google.

If you are having trouble with any of these steps please post a comment and I will try and add some clarification.
Hope this helps

May 01, 2008 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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