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?

beyond the photo mode. how video games use photography as a narrative device

SPOILER WARNING: this article contains spoilers for the following games: “Life is Strange”, “Virginia”, “1979 Revolution: Black Friday”. If you intend to play any of those you may want to come back to this article later. Otherwise you’ve been warned.

once i was a teenage girl who shot polaroid and then used the photos to travel back in time. then i was an FBI detective who developed a roll of film to get evidence. then in 1979 i roamed the streets of Tehran with my camera documenting the Iranian revolution as it happened.

as strange as it may seem, all these stories really happened. the only trick here is that they didn’t happen in real life, i lived them in video games.

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In Concert

Just a week ago I had a chance to go to a concert at my local pub and spontaneously I decided to grab a camera and a flash with me to practice shooting with flash. The film I used was Rollei RPX 400 pushed to 800, I specifically wanted black and white.

Now after I’ve developed and scanned whatever visible pictures I had on the roll, I want to share some of those. And what can I say about my flash experiment? None of the photos presented here were made with flash.

Except for the botched flash practice, I’m pretty satisfied with what came out. I’ve never shot a concert before, and I’m a little proud of myself. Though there is a ton of area for improvement. Especially that flash.

Disorganised

This is how I feel about my photography right now and it shows. I’ve had these two rolls of Fuji Superia 400 in my drawer for 9 months before I developed them and scanned today. Nine months! That’s a whole pregnancy right here. Why it took so long you wonder?

Well, no serious reasons to be honest. First my colour chemistry started failing and I didn’t want these rolls to come out wacky. So I had to order a new set. It took time to arrive, then it took time to mix it which literally happened yesterday.

All these steps don’t take months to complete but they did in my case because I wasn’t organised enough.

As a result, I have a practically expired film with signs of bad treatment: grain, washed-out colours etc. I don’t care that much about those esthetically but it just bums me out that all this fresh chemistry was used for some tired film to receive some subpar results. I’m disappointed not in the film but in myself.

When you leave a roll on a shelf for too long

I had a couple of rolls sitting on my shelf for some time, and when I finally processed them several frames had these lines across the picture. At one point I blamed my camera, but then the effect would be consistent across multiple rolls, which was not the case. And then I heard guys on …

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