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Before you automatically purchase disposable cameras for your wedding reception, carefully calculate ALL the costs involved. Count how many tables you will have, multiply that number by the cost of the cameras AND processing. Realistically, you should then divide the number of exposures on each camera by 75% that are even usable and only about 10% or less that you would want to consider for an album.
The problem is four-fold.
1. Most guests really aren't good photographers and the kids love to play with them.
2. Guests have a few drinks and think pictures under the table or in the restroom are cute.
3. The cameras themselves are fixed focus cardboard cameras with plastic lenses and very under-powered flashes. Anything too close will be horribly out of focus. Anything too far away will be too dark to use. They have a narrow useable working range.
4. I have seen many guests take them home so plan on loosing several.
Take all these costs into consideration and approximate the return on your investment. Add the same number of dollars to what you are already going to pay a professional photographer for the package you have chosen. The money would be better spent with the professional on a bigger package.


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Nov. 8th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
That is a really good point.. at one of the first weddings I ever went to, the people at my table got drunk and thought it was a good idea to take the disposable camera along on one of those all-the-girls-go-to-the-bathroom-together trips. The bride said later she wasn't expecting an entire roll to be shot in the ladies' room.
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