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Monday, January 18, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #5: How to Not Blur Your Pictures


Polaroid Photo-Tip #5: How to not blur your pictures

by Thomas Preyer (last updated: Dec. 22, 2016)


Today's tip is about how to avoid blurry Polaroids:

Hold the camera steady until the picture leaves through the exit slot. This is especially important when there isn’t much light available. In dim light the camera shutter stays open longer than in bright light. Any movement (of the camera) while the shutter is open will result in a blurred picture. 

We therefore recommend holding the camera in your left hand, your palm on the bottom of the camera. This will simulate a tri-pod and give your camera extra stability. Be careful to not block the film exit slot at the front of the camera! 

Press the “flash override shutter button” from the bottom. There’s the most space for your finger!

This is how you should hold a Polaroid 600-type camera

Friday, January 15, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #4: Shooting in Cold Weather

Polaroid Photo-Tip #4: Shooting in cold weather

by Thomas Preyer (last updated: Dec. 22, 2016)

Today's tip is about what to do when it's cold outside:


When it’s cold outside (below 13 degrees Celsius or 55 degrees Fahrenheit) it is crucial to warm your camera and your pictures. You can achieve this by carrying the camera inside your coat (preferable) or in your bag. In addition we highly recommend putting the Polaroid picture as close to your body as possible once it left the camera, at least your coat’s inner pocket. Be careful to not bend the picture. The warmer you keep the picture the better the colors and contrast will be.

Here are a few samples of what can happen when you do not warm your Impossible pictures:


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #3: Shooting in Hot Weather


Polaroid Photo-Tip #3: Shooting in hot weather

by Thomas Preyer (last updated: Dec. 22, 2016)


Today's tip is about what to do when it's hot outside:


When it’s hot outside (more than 28 degrees Celsius or 83 degrees Fahrenheit) we recommend keeping the picture out of the sunlight and/or at a cool place (i.e. in the film box next to a cold beverage in your bag) once it exited the camera for development. This will help minimizing unwanted orange or red tinted pictures.

Here are a few samples:



Friday, January 8, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #2: Correct Exposure

Polaroid Photo-Tip #2: How to get the correct exposure?

by Thomas Preyer (last updated: Dec. 22, 2016)


Today's tip is about getting the correct exposure:

Your exposure for pictures without flash is set by an automatic electric eye from your camera. It defines the shutter speed and lens opening according to the light conditions.. If the scene is unevenly lit, then the picture will be unevenly exposed, being either too bright or too dark. Try to take pictures where the lighting is even – about as bright on the background as on the subject.

If the background is a large part of the picture and is brighter than the subject, the electric eye will set the correct exposure for the background, not your subject. The subject will be too dark. To avoid this we recommend getting close to the subject.

If the background is a large part of the picture and is darker than the subject, the electric eye will set the correct exposure for the background. The subject will be too bright. This time getting close will prevent your subject from being too bright in the final picture.

Check out our video for more info:



Here are a few sample pictures: