Film Photography

A birthday giveaway!

I appear to have grown another year older since I last blogged; another digit has been clocked-up on the rapidly-spinning tally that is my age. Scary! I’m very lucky though, I received some wonderful gifts and spent some great time with friends and family – but most importantly I got cake!

I’ve had such lovely encouraging and supportive comments over the last year, I wanted to send you all a party bag with a slice of cake, a toy and a balloon! That’s not 100% practical, apparently so here instead is a giveaway – it’s a giveaway for everyone, anywhere in the world, whether you’ve been dropping by for years or if this is your very first visit!

OK, here’s the thing – you know how I love photography and especially love the happy magic that film photography provides? Well – now you can too! I have three amazing cameras to give away – they are single-use/disposable ones but they are extra-special as they’re each pre-loaded with awesome film.

Do bear in mind though that this giveaway is just for the camera/film – you’ll need to pay to have the film processed (I’ll be writing each winner a personalised note letting them know with place nearby they can get their film processed and what to ask for). The daunting bit of getting hold of a camera, choosing the film, loading the film, learning how the camera works, unloading the film – all that is taken care of so it will be a great introduction to film photography for anyone who’s a bit daunted by the prospect (or a nice little treat for a film photographer who’s not tried this type of film before).

There are three prizes…

rollei redbird single-use cameraRollei Redbird (36 redscale exposures)
This is ‘normal’ colour negative film that’s wound the wrong way into the canister so you’re shooting through the backing material, giving a crazy/beautiful redish-orange hue to your shots. Any high-street/supermarket photo lab can process these in the same way as regular colour negatives and you’ll end up with photos like these…

rollei redbird photos from flickr
Photos from flickr using a Rollei Redbird single-use camera:
1. Rollei Redscale trees, 2. Rollei Redscale reeds

rollei crossbird single-use cameraRollei Crossbird (36 cross process exposures) This is a film that in days of yore would have been processed in different chemicals and turned into slides instead on negatives. That doesn’t happen nowadays though – after shooting this film you’ll get it processed in the same chemicals as ‘normal’ photographs giving you cross-processed images; vibrant, contrasty and with exciting shifts in colour giving results like these…

rollei crossbird photos from flickr
A couple of photos from flickr using a Rollei Crossbird single-use camera:
1. My single use camera is over :-(((, 2. Strange, I’ve seen that place before

rollei blackbird single-use cameraRollei Blackbird (27 black & white exposures)
I’m sure I don’t need to explain about black and white photography! This camera uses genuine B&W film at 100ISO (not simulated colour b&w which is also available) there’s really nothing quite like it!

Rollei Blackbird single-use photos from flickr
Some photos from flickr using a Rollei Blackbird single-use camera:
1. paris. .tour eiffel, 2. We Come From Garageland, 3. rollei05

How to enter giveaway:

  • Simply leave a comment on this post – all you need to do is let me know how you first stumbled across my website (or just say ‘hi’ if you can’t remember).
  • Ensure you leave a valid email address in the box provided (these are never published or used for anything spammy).
  • If there’s a particular camera or two you’re interested in let me know (RED, XPRO, BW), if you don’t say I’ll assume you’re happy to win any of them.
  • The closing date is Friday 15th June 2012 at 23:59 GMT+1 (ish)… actually it’ll finish when I’m waiting for the coffee to brew on Saturday morning.
  • Winners will be picked at random.

Good Luck!


Thank you so much to everyone who took part! Results can be found here…

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  • Lindsey
    11 June 2012 at 20:52

    Hello! Thanks for opening up this brilliant competition – I already use film for photography but I’ve never had a go at a single use camera, so that would be pretty cool. I found the link to your competition on Twitter.

    Good luck to everyone :) x

  • rhiannon maslen (@rhizy)
    11 June 2012 at 20:53

    I follow you on twitter and dip in to your blog from time to time. I would love to win any of the cameras but the red one might be the most fun

  • Michelle
    11 June 2012 at 21:03

    This is an amazing giveaway! I really can’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog, I think it must have been through “For the Easily Distracted”. I love film photography and am pleased this post is going to encourage others to use it more!

  • April
    11 June 2012 at 21:04

    I love your site and was told about it by a friend. I take images all the time digitally but secretly miss good ol’ film. I didn’t even know you could still get it processed! I’d love the chance to use film again and I would love the red one, as the images look amazing. xx

  • Elli
    11 June 2012 at 21:27

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been following your blog for ages – it really inspires me :) I’d love to win any of the cameras, they all look like fun! x

  • Carol
    11 June 2012 at 21:41

    How sweet! Found you through a tweet about this giveaway. Would love the XPRO.
    Going to put you in my Reader right now…

  • Janey
    12 June 2012 at 00:02

    Hi Angi. Just bought myself a couple of old film cameras after being inspired by your blog. I haven’t got round to purchasing film yet, so it would be fantastic to win (any) one of these, save all that messy loading 😀
    Jane xx

  • Tory
    12 June 2012 at 01:42

    Shalom! I saw you post about this on your Twitter. Seems dope! I have fallen out of film photography after high school and would love to pick up on it again! These cameras seem dope. Happy late birthday as well (:

  • Roxanne
    12 June 2012 at 06:56

    How sweet of you. Happy birthday. Hope you had a fabulous day!

  • Arvee
    12 June 2012 at 07:38

    Hello Angie! Happy Birthday girl! 😉 I love your blog. I couldn’t remember how I found your blog. I think it was at the same time that I bought my Superheadz UWS. 😉 I also got myself an old-new AE-1 to make it official that I’m into film! 😉

    Have a great day! ♥

  • little pink cakes
    12 June 2012 at 07:49

    Happy Birthday, Angie!

    I stumbled across your blog while stumbling through the Internet… I liked it and stayed :)

    PS: Rollei Redbird is my favourite.

    Have a great day!

  • Robert
    12 June 2012 at 08:25

    What an brilliant giveaway! I turned 40 last weekend and one of the amazing presents I got was a proper pinhole camera kit, with darkroom stuff and everything. Most exciting. I’m super-scared about having to mess about with chemicals in little trays whilst rummaging about in a completely dark attic, but I’ll feel like a real proper Fox-Talbot while I’m doing it.

    I think I found your blog after reading an article you wrote on taking pictures through the viewfinder of an old TLR (or something). I added lots of photo related feeds to my reader at the time after just getting back into photography about a year ago. Yours is one of the few that have not been removed for being repetitive and boring.

    Keep it up, I really like the way you write and the pictures you make.

    If I’m a lucky winner, I’d prefer a Red or an Xpro thanks.

  • Cass
    12 June 2012 at 10:01

    Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday to You,
    Happy Birthday Dear Angiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiie,
    Happy Birthday to YOU!

    I know, I know, I can’t sing to save my life. I apologise for making your ears bleed.

    How did I first stumble upon your blog? Hmm… could it have been via something you posted on DPS? I think that was it. It was at a time when I was looking for inspiration, specifically from someone in more or less the same situation as me (i.e. working full time – not as a photographer). And there you were. You fit the bill perfectly and have been inspiring me ever since (probably more than you know). Ta-da!

  • kristi
    12 June 2012 at 12:45

    Happy Birthday to you!
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now.
    Mainly because analog photography captured my heart and refuses to give it back.
    I come here for inspiration and tips.
    I’d be especially pleased to win the b&w rollei!

  • katherine
    12 June 2012 at 22:49

    i been following your blog after i read about from a friend of mine on facebook about a month ago.i love analog photography and your photographs are stunning.i started to follow your blog for inspiration and those wonderful tips that you have has help me a lot thank you for sharing them with us.

    this is a lovely giveaway i love that b&w rollei.

  • Rachel B
    13 June 2012 at 14:45

    Happy birthday to you! I think I first found your blog through Susannah Conway’s blog. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  • Dana
    13 June 2012 at 18:59

    Hello! Absolutely love you site and blogs… take so much inspiration from you. Amazing giveaway!I found your site through my photography teacher, fell in love with it and did a study sheet on you. I’ve recreated your work, not half as good, but I think this proves your an inspiration to beginners in photography. I’ve been following this site for a few months now and just followed you on twitter.In the past year my love for photography has grown as I begin to use different techniques and find different photographers.If you chose me it would help me develop my style in photography as i am just beginning to use film and i would be happy to win any of them. Thanks!
    Oh, happy birthday! :)

  • Magali
    13 June 2012 at 20:54

    Happy Birthday Angie! These are three amazing cameras. I’m not new to film but I’ve never given a disposable camera a go (& I really really want to! =) )
    I would definitely be super happy to win any of these. I first came across your blog when you left a comment on mine. I guess we have a mutual blog friend in Rhianne, & now you’ve been on my bloglovin for a while. :)

  • Mambi
    14 June 2012 at 14:25

    Hello Angie and Happy Birthday!

    Well now I can’t remember how I found you, through another blog I think! I love your posts and you inspire me to carry my camera out on even a shite day!

    All the cameras look like a lot of fun and I hope the winners share the results yeahy to film!

    Happy Friday Angie!

  • Amy
    15 June 2012 at 19:23

    I have no memory of how I first came across your blog, but I’m very pleased I did, so Happy Birthday! and Hi! 😀
    And I would be delighted to win any of these lovely cameras.

  • Elyssa Sayers
    15 June 2012 at 22:02

    Dad told me you had your own website a couple of weeks ago, and that’s how I found you (: Let me know how the blending went.
    Hope you had an awesome birthday!

  • meg
    15 June 2012 at 22:09

    As per my Tweet a few days ago, Angie, happy birthday! I found your blog via For The Easily Distracted several months ago and have loved your tutorials. Although I had not intended to enter this give-away I kept coming back to this post and drooling over what the cameras can produce. So here’s an entry. Should I win there will be a giveaway on my blog of some film on my blog for all those analogue lovers, in the spirit of keeping the sparking of a love of analogue photography going…

  • Gaby Velasquez
    15 June 2012 at 23:17

    Happy Birthday! :) I follow you on Twitter and I actually set a reminder on my BB to wish you a Happy Birthday, but forgot :( Nonetheless, Happy Birthday! I love your photographs soo much! I’ve been following you for a while now, but don’t actually remember how I came about your site. I am also a film photographer..actually have a roll to develop…taken with my 33mm Holga. So, it would be nice to win =D this is a wonderful giveaway..RED and XPRO are my faves right now…All the best!