Can you remember the first picture you ever took?

@rhinoboy (2129)
February 1, 2007 11:26am CST
The first pictures I ever took were when I was about 6 years old. They were of the tall ships docked on the river Tyne. I remember that the camera was a fisher-price kids thing, but it took proper film (the odd, long cartridge 28mm??). I recently found the pictures (which were terrible btw!) and the memories came flooding back. Please share your first experience of photography. What was the first thing you photographed? Where were you? Can you remember what camera you used?
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• Australia
8 Feb 07
I remember that my first camera was a Box Brownie, but I don't remember for sure what the first photos were. I would think they would have been of my 500 Speed Twin Triumph or my first car, a Morris 10, or Fritz the dog. I know I still had the Box Brownie when I was married. I took a photo of a blowhole in the ground at Mount Gambier and my husband laughed, saying it wouldn't turn out. He took a shot with his new-fangled camera, and guess whose came out? A beautiful black and white photo! I still have a lot of photos taken by that Box Brownie and they still look good.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
8 Feb 07
It's surprising that with the advancement of technology, the older 'tried and trusted' methods can still be better. I do think that digital has revolutionised photography in terms of accessability though. I had no real interest until I got a digicam. My pictures often turn out terrible, but it costs nothing to blaze away and pick out the decent shots later.
• Australia
8 Feb 07
Yes, we now use a digital camera to take photos at our children's and teens camps. We can take hundreds and then delete those we don't want and keep the best. I often think I'm getting too old for all the modern technology but I do appreciate what I have come to grips with. (I was going to say "mastered" but that would be a gross exaggeration)
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@rhinoboy (2129)
8 Feb 07
Good on you for making the effort to learn. Too many older people just think 'oh, I don't need that new fangled stuff' and miss out on the opportunities new technology can afford them. My grandma stopped working after having my father and hadn't even used a typewriter before. She has a mobile phone now and is always texting me and loves to get picture messages of my daughter. She recently got a cheap laptop and is taking some time, but learning how to use that so she can keep in touch with family overseas more easily. She's 78, so I'm really proud of her!
23 Feb 07
When I ws about 4, my bro and I both got our first cameras and we thought it would be funny to take both spools of our bums. I dont think we were allowed to get them developed tho (luckily).
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@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
Yes, the strange folks at Boots may have called the NSPCC on your behalf!! I took some pictures of my wife on holiday once and a number of them came back censored. NO THEY WEREN'T RUDE!!! but on one she was sitting on a lounger in a bikini and she had her hands placed between her legs (to cover her modesty!) and the cheeky folks put a big censor sticker over it. I can only imagine what they thought she was doing! There were a couple with her boobs out, but only because she was sunbathing topless, like almost everyone else on the island.
23 Feb 07
Yes, I think the NSPCC would probably have been phoned, just aswell, although I cant rememeber exactly if we did take them to get developed (without telling our parents what tehy were of) and just none of them came out not sure. I dont understand why they put those stickers on anyway, its only you thats going to ese them anyway and it was you that took the photo anyway so youve already seen it! Whats the point?
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1 Feb 07
the first camera i ever had was called "the big yellow camera" i had it for ages ago, when i was about 5 or 6...the first picture i took was of my christmas presents, i think it was of a cuddley mickey mouse
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1 Feb 07
wasn't it someone else picture you first took vicky? oh wait. i'm doing this again speaking my mind because you nearly got took to court but you have friends (me) who got you out of this and do you respect this... erm, no? ~Joey
@rhinoboy (2129)
2 Feb 07
Err... OK then.... I too christmas pics with my second camera, and with my third. I think it's kind of an unwritten rule!
• Canada
23 Feb 07
The first real photos I remember taking were in 6th grade so I was about 12. My class went on an exchange trip and my parents decided that it would be a good time to let me take photos. They lent me their precious "Kodak Instamatic" camera (I still remember it was a little black and white square box of a camera with a wrist strap that was like a shoelace). It took that chunky 126 film cartridge and you had to slide the actual flash bulbs into the little holder that popped up! A lot of the photos had more of a sepia tone than real color, I guess partly due to the inadequacy that little bulb LOL We were in Ontario, Canada for our trip and I distinctly remember photos of the fort in Kingston and lots of pictures of Niagara Falls. I was so proud that my parents trusted me with their camera :D I got my mom's photos when she passed away so, I'm sure if I go digging, I'll find those little square prints!
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@rhinoboy (2129)
23 Feb 07
That's lovely. Thanks for sharing. My fisher price camera took a little strip of flashes that you had to replace every four pictures or so. I also remember in the mid 80's (when I was really little) lots of people had those long flat(ish) skinny things that took the strange shaped film cartridges.
@Pigglies (9336)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I can't really. I took a lot of pictures as a kid. Mostly starting around when I was 9 or 10 I think. I did a lot of nature scenes and National Parks. They were actually fairly good for working with disposable cameras for the most part.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
9 Feb 07
I used disposables for a few holidays before I got a digicam. I just never got round to having them developed!! I hope they're not completely ruined by the time I do get them processed...
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I had a small camera kinda like a box. Always had a problem with my finger being in the picture. Don't remember the first picture, however, I did take alot of pictures of neighbors, pets, toys, and such. Mine were also black and white. Boy those were the days.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
8 Feb 07
When I was about 9 our school teacher made a pinhole camera from a coffee tin and some kind of light-sensitive paper. She made us all sit still for what seemed like ages, then dipped the paper in a fixing solution. I can't remember what the photo came out like, but it definitely worked and I remember being absolutely fascinated.
@hcromer (2711)
• United States
1 Feb 07
The first camera that I ever used was my mother's camera when I was probably about 3. All I ever used to take pictures of were power lines outside of our house so they weren't anything special.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
2 Feb 07
I found some pics I took at home with the afforementioned camera. They were just of my fromt street, but the silhouettes and the sunset were fantastic (for a child!)
@usnavys (297)
• Poland
8 Feb 07
My first camera was given to me when I was about 9. It was my first Holy Communion present. I remember this was an automatic camera and I used all the film. I photographed mainly my family.
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