Polaroid Cameras

By: Jeremy Cannon

~Hello and good Monday everyone!~

I have recently gotten extremely into instant/Polaroid photography. There is something so fun and exciting about it because there are immediate results with a physical and palpable product being produced.

I purchased the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 over the summer and honestly I was super terrible at using it when I first started. All of my photos were overexposed, underexposed or possibly the worst of all just blank from lighting issues.

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Here are my sad blank pictures that I waited to “develop” for over an hour before realizing they were going to stay blank.



My literal hand full of incorrectly taken images 


So without further adeu here are my tips for taking successful instant/Polaroid picture:

All of the rules I was used to went out the window with the instant camera. Since it took me a while to figure it out, I thought it would be nice to give some tips that I wish I had known when exploring this exciting form of photography.

1. In my opinion the most important tip is practice. Your first pack of film will most likely not be producing any winners so use it to get a feel for the camera. I was so scared to waste the film I used about three packs before I got a solid understanding for it.

2. Start with mild light. Not to bright and not too dark. Instant cameras have a tendency to capture and exaggerate light. Later on once you have a better grip on what’s going to be good lighting you don’t need to do this.

3. If your camera suggests a setting (usually indicated with a red light) trust it. I didn’t pick up on this for a solid month and it’s kind of embarrassing because it seems to be something I would notice but I didn’t.

4. Your Camera won’t really focus if you’re too close or too far away, I try to stay at a ruler’s length away from anything I shoot.

5. Make sure you have fun! I think the best part about instant photography is that it’s just overall a great way to have a fun time without worrying about all the editing usually put into photography so make sure you enjoy yourself too!


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My more successful pictures after i learned to implement the tips above 


~Have a wonderful week!~ 


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