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Camera Basics

By TOMMY WILLIAMS / L’Observateur / October 26, 1998

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning and we’re about to head out to Ship Island. The weatherman is calling for 15 to 20 mile an hour winds along thecoast with a 50 percent chance of rain. That means all day long I’ll be battlingflying beach sand, mist from the waves, and Gabriel (my 2-year-old son) from destroying our $259 point and shoot Olympus camera. You just know at somepoint during this enjoyable get away there’s going to be a photo opportunity that shouldn’t go unrecorded.

One-time user cameras, or what I call a throw-away camera, might be the solution for those types of situations and many others like it. Throw-awaycameras can be a good investment for those who own expensive cameras and for those who don’t. Kodak has several types of such cameras.The Kodak MAX outdoor camera is mainly for, you guessed it, outdoor use. It’sgreat for any outdoor event that doesn’t require flash, such as a soccer game.

The Kodak MAX outdoor camera is loaded with 800 ASA film so you can take photos on the cloudiest of days. It retails for $6.84.The Kodak MAX flash camera would be a better choice if an event demands the use of flash for indoor photos, such as a wedding or birthday party. This cameracan be used for both indoor and outdoor events. It retails for $7.96.The Kodak MAX waterproof camera is great for fishing trips, the beach and snow skiing. It’s waterproof up to 12 feet deep in clear water. Why risk expensivecamera repairs due to water damage when you can purchase a Kodak MAX waterproof camera for only $9.96.Last but not least, the Kodak MAX panoramic camera can produce super 4×10 inch panoramic prints of those beautiful scenic trips to the mountains. Althoughthe other cameras take 27 exposures, the panoramic camera shoots only 15 exposures. It also retails for $9.96.Throw-away cameras are a small price to pay for having the ability to take photos when it’s too risky to use your own expensive camera or when you don’t have a camera at all. For some of you, it could be a one day fishing trip orweekend snow skiing trip, for others it’s a Gabriel that threatens to damage your camera equipment. But none the less, the use of throw-away cameras canmake any enjoyable moment photographically possible and inexpensive.

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