Low-Tech Photo Filters

My First Photography Book coverMy First Photography Book

Submitter: I would have loved this book when I was a kid, around the time it was published. However, kids today probably won’t be super impressed with making photo filters out of cellophane wrappers, considering they’ve been applying digital filters on Snapchat and Instagram for a while now. The directions to make pockets in the back of your photo album to hold negatives is also not particularly relevant anymore.

Holly: The special effects section with the photo filters is a cool idea – one I wish I’d known about back then actually! Submitter is absolutely right that it’s a laugh now, along with negatives and the film canisters featured on the cover.

Pockets to hold negatives

Photo filters with cellophane


  1. Another Dorling Kindersley book, I see. When my kids were younger, they used to love the DK books; I enjoyed them too.

    I don’t know if Dorling Kindersley has newer books on digital photography for kids, but I’m guessing it wouldn’t be as much fun as this stuff.

  2. Back in the day, I had to learn how to make my own slides (for a slide carousel show!) using marker and colored cellophane, so I could become a school library “media specialist.” Hey-kids needed to create media for the times, and we had to lead them to discovery. It ensured that a school library would have a sink! Let us be thankful!

  3. My mother sold DK books, so I’ve seen countless, including this one. They’re all beautiful and timeless, except when you have subjects that date quickly like this one. It was great for the time though!

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