I believe I get my love of photography from my maternal grandfather. When he was not working as vice principal of the local high school, he was taking photographs. He took photos of everyone and everything. His favorite subject was my mother. As an only child she would dress up in costumes hand made by my great aunt Florence. Grampa enjoyed taking photos of her in every one of them. I am in the process of having his photos digitized by Forever.

I got my first camera when I was about 8 years old. It was a Kodak Eastman: Pocket Instamatic 10 camera. You could personalize it with one of the stickers that came with it! It used 110 size film that you sent away to be developed. I still have the negatives!

As I looked through my photos in Historian, I came across this photo I took in 1976. My town hometown celebrated the United States’ Bicentennial with a parade. My little Instamatic was there to capture this special moment in time.

When I started taking photos for the high school newspaper my grandfather gave me his 35mm Ricoh. Eventually I needed a camera with more bells and whistles. My first “big girl” camera was a Pentax MX 35mm SLR Film camera and an Asahi Pentax MX Winder. I used that camera all through high school and during my years in college.

My father built a darkroom for me in our basement. I enjoyed developing and printing my own black and white photos.

I did not jump on the digital camera bandwagon until 2000! I liked my Pentax too much to give it up. Then one day I discovered how versatile digital photography was! My Pentax now resides in a box in my closet. Over the years I have owned a variety of cameras. These days I use two digital cameras, an Olympus E-510 and an iPhone!

I sometimes wonder how many more photos I would have in my Forever account and in Historian if I had had a smart phone years ago!


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5 Responses to Sprite Blog: My First Camera by Pam Smith

  1. lvail@telus.net says:

    I love this! Fun to read about your different cameras!
    My first one was a Kodak Brownie! I have the pictures I took on our way down to and at Disneyland 2 years after it opened! Had N instamatic too. No digital yet just my iPhone!
    Great page! Thanks for sharing !

  2. Terry Vachowski says:

    I’m always fascinated by anyone who has developed their own film. Thanks so much, Pam!

  3. isisbelieves@hotmail.com says:

    What a great idea to chronicle how you began your passion for photography. I am going to do this. How amazing that you remember your first camera!

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