I recently received a pretty awesome little gift from Hobstr. Well what was it you ask? A Holga camera... who (yes, who) I've nicknamed The Holgs. We were a little unsure of each other at first. It had been years since I loaded film into a camera, ugh that was like so 2004. But it was kinda like riding a bike... plus I watched the Hobstr tutorial video (thanks, guys).

I brought The Holgs camping with me and Kevin. So not only was I creating this video while we were "away from it all," but I was also playing with my new toy. Man, I didn't really unplug at all, did I?

I may not have unplugged, but I sure had to let go using this camera. It was an unexpected challenge... and a great lesson. These days I'm so used to controlling every little aspect of the creation process. When I take photos for the blog or for Instagram, I basically take and retake a shot until it looks EXACTLY how I want it to... then I may go into Photoshop and perfect it even further.

But you can't control The Holgs. I had to let go and try my best to create a photo the "old fashioned way" by concentrating on composition, lighting, and subject matter. I only had 12 shots too!! It made me much more discerning with my photo-taking. I often found myself thinking that would be a good Instagram, but would it be a good photo? Ha!

Then I started noticing I wasn't taking certain shots because I wanted to "save" my film for something cooler... something I never have to worry about with my iPhone. It got to a point where I just had to start snappin' aka the reason why there's a picture of our New Belgium beer and 3 pics of the sky.

It's been a long time since I took real photos. I loved it. Time for the next roll... and now that I've gotten used to The Holgs, hopefully the next batch will be better.

Do you guys ever take photos the "old fashioned" way or have you made the switch to digital for good?

all images by artsocial | post made possible by the generosity of Hobstr