A Polaroid image costs about 80 cents. For this there is the retro charm and the possibility to snap away immediately. For the pictures to be successful, light and angle, among other things, have to be right. With creative tricks, the instant pictures become the highlight of the photo album.
Find the right motif
An instant camera or Polaroid camera is a camera that develops and prints images immediately after they have been photographed. It has the advantage that the photo is taken quickly. The shutter release is pressed, the image is developed and the finished photo is ready to be amazed and viewed. Today, instant cameras are mainly used for celebrations and holidays. With our tips the photos are guaranteed to succeed.
An instant camera has lenses in the range of 50 to 60 millimetres. Zooming or choosing between different flash settings is usually not possible. Therefore, it is important to select the subject well and to pay attention to a good lighting and the correct angle before taking a snapshot.
Instant cameras are particularly suitable for taking pictures of people. As long as the correct distance is maintained, the pictures usually succeed.
Taking pictures of people instead of panoramas
When photographing with the instant camera, it is important to pay attention to details and color contrasts. Small objects or food can be perfectly staged by focusing on the most important details and a good choice of colours. Magnificent scenes such as sandy beaches or city panoramas can only be captured to a limited extent with an instant camera. The image detail is relatively small and sometimes makes the motif appear much more sobering than in reality.
Tip: make sure that the subject optimally fills the field of view of the camera. Then the picture succeeds and all details are captured.
Tips for changing films
Instant cameras are equipped with an image cassette, which is gradually used up when the shutter release button is pressed. Do not open the camera until the image cassette is empty of negatives. Otherwise, the rest of the film may be exposed prematurely when the cassette is opened and will then only show white tint instead of the motifs from the weekend trip.
It is best to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging. Photography forums on the Internet give tips on the individual Polaroid camera models and their peculiarities. Modern cameras are usually very beginner-friendly, while the original Polaroid cameras from the 70s often have a few technical tricks that need to be learned.
Creative tips for the instant camera
For example, an image can be created within an image. A Polaroid image is taken and then photographed again with the Polaroid camera. The effect is unique and offers a lot of space for playing with contrasts and colors. Polaroid cameras are also great for telling a little story. You can record the growing pregnancy belly or the round trip in Italy and later reconstruct it chronologically in the photo album.
Modern Polaroid cameras offer the function of rejecting pictures. The old-fashioned Polaroids do not have this feature and must therefore be used with caution. Normally, about 10 to 20 images can be printed per film. Polaroid images are relatively expensive at around 80 cents per piece. It is best to buy a multi-pack directly, which contains more blank images and is therefore much cheaper.
The films should be purchased from the manufacturer of the instant camera. Otherwise, the film may not be recognized or the photos may not succeed as desired.
Instant cameras usually cannot be used with other lenses. However, different surfaces can be used to give the image a special effect, such as a glass or pane. Various "media" that are transparent and give the image a special touch can be used as filters.