5 things I love about Polaroid

Here is my bold take: Polaroid is fun. It is unique, unusual and …(wait for it) instant!

I came to shooting Polaroid through my love to film photography. I was curious to try other film formats, and eventually turned my attention to instant.

Your story may be different. But with instant photography it doesn’t really matter. Polaroid can appeal to any photo enthusiast.

Let me show what I mean by sharing 5 things I love about Polaroid.

I believe these are great reasons for you to try it too.

1. Instant gratification

You love immediate results like in digital? Me too.

With Polaroid you get as close to digital immediacy as possible. Though film has taught me some patience I wouldn’t say no to seeing my picture right away.

Modern instant emulsion still requires some time to develop in the dark but hey, 10 minutes are a small price to pay. Especially when the result is not your typical negative. It is a…

2. Physical print

This is one of the coolest features of Polaroid. It gives you a real print of your photo!

Say what you will, but printing you photos is special and I would argue important. It allows you to see your work from a new perspective.

We carry hundreds of photos in our phones but how often do you open the gallery app to browse through them?

Put your Polaroid print on a fridge and you will enjoy that picture any time you pass by.

3. Vintage look

I fancy the instant look a lot.

It is unique and recognizable, especially if you had seen Polaroids before.

This colour palette gives me some nostalgia vibes. Though my family didn’t have a Polaroid camera back in the day, it’s my mid-90’s childhood all over again!

4. Ease of use

Polaroid cameras are very simple and easy to use. My son could snap a picture when he was 4!

The film itself comes in very handy cartridges and your chances of loading them the wrong way are very slim.

Analogue photography may not always be friendly to newcomers. There is a thing or two you’ll need to learn first.

With Polaroid you don’t need that. Most of the time.

You will need a certain amount of skill to nail those pictures right though but the learning curve is quite shallow.

5. Originality

“Be original. Be Polaroid.”

This was (and maybe still is) Polaroid’s slogan several years ago and I couldn’t agree more.

Everything about the Polaroid experience is different from your common photography.

Cameras attract attention and spark conversations, trust me.

The pictures look special and they are unique in the very sense of the word: the photo you have is the only copy there is.

Also, who in this world of smartphones and DSLRs would choose to shoot this? Only a very original artistic soul.

Well, there you have it. Major reasons that motivate me to pick that OneStep camera of mine and snap a pack once in a while. Like I said, Polaroid is fun.

And I’m curious to know what you think? Do you shoot Polaroid and why? Why not?

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