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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #9: Protecting Polaroid and Impossible Pictures from Sunlight

Polaroid Photo-Tip #9: Why do I have to protect my Polaroid and Impossible pictures from sunlight and how do I do that?

by Thomas Preyer (Last Update: Oct. 7, 2017)

Today's tip is about how and why to protect your Polaroid Originals and Impossible Project color pictures afrom sunlight:

Instant film contains multiple layers. One of them is a regular film negative, which is why the photo is sensitive to light until it is fully developed. The development time of the color Polaroid Originals picture is about 15 minutes. The reason for this rather long development time is mainly caused by the so-called opacification layer. It is another, blue, layer within the film, which protects the lower (light-sensitive) layers from light. Think of the opacification layer, or opacifier, as a chemical curtain that needs to be drawn over the film to protect the image you’ve created.

The opacifier isn’t perfect protection: Therefore we recommend using the "Frog Tongue" (or film shield), a device that can be installed in most Polaroid 600 and SX-70 cameras which helps to further protect your pictures.

Polaroid 600-type camera with built-in film shield

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #8: How to Get Great Colors in a Polaroid

Polaroid Photo-Tip #8: How to create colorful Polaroids?

by Thomas Preyer (Last update: Dec. 22, 2016)

Today's tip is about how to really make your colors pop:

There is one key ingredient to colorful pictures: Color! If you want to have saturated colors in your Polaroid Originals instant picture the subject must be colorful. How to get good colors in cold weather? Check out tip #4. Tip #9 is also helpful!

The first picture is the perfect colorful subject. The second not so much ;)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Sofortbild-Safari: Jury #2 - Joep Gottemaker (Netherlands)

Jury 2016: Joep Gottemaker

by Thomas Preyer

Joep Gottemaker ist aus den Niederlanden. Seit er 2006 seine erste Polaroid Kamera, eine One Step 600, in einem Gebrauchtwarenladen gekauft hat, ist er der Sofortbild-Fotografie verfallen. Das erste Bild hat er damals mit seinem Vater gemacht. Damals erschien ihm das Erscheinen des Bilders vor seinen Augen wie Zauberei und noch heute ist der Moment wo das Bild langsam gestallt annimmt etwas Besonderes für den Holländer. Mit dem Kauf einer SX-70 Kamera entwickelte Joep eine Leidenschaft für Nahaufnahmen von Blumen und Naturmotiven. (Ich nenne ihn ja den "Meister der Blumen")

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #7: Focus on One Thing Only

Polaroid Photo-Tip #7: Get close and make your subject the main focus of your picture

by Thomas Preyer (Last update: April 13, 2017)

Today's tip is about making your subject the main point of interest:

To make the most of your instant-shots we recommend getting close to your subject and making your subject the main interest of your picture! Frame it in your viewfinder as big as possible and keep the background simple. Don’t think too much about it: Often the simple things work best in a Polaroid.

Check out our video for more info:

A few sample pictures:

Friday, March 11, 2016

Polaroid Photo-Tip #6: The Parallax Error

Polaroid Photo-Tip #6: What is a parallax error and how can I work around it?

by Thomas Preyer (last updated: Oct. 7, 2017)

Today's tip is will teach you about the parallax error, what it is and how to work around it:

The Polaroid 600 camera will take the picture through the lens, but you’ll see the scene through the viewfinder next to the lens. This results in a so-called parallax error. This error is bigger the closer you are to your subject, it’s less visible the more far away you are.

Polaroid 600-type camera

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sofortbild-Safari: Jury #1 - Jessica López (Spain)

Jury 2016: Jessica López

by Thomas Preyer

Jessica ist Spanierin, geboren auf den Kanaren. Sie lebt seit 2008 in Berlin und arbeitet als Fotografin und Bildredakteurin unter anderem für Rolling Stone Germany, VICE, Musikexpress, ME Style und ME.Movies. Studiert hat sie Bildredaktion (Photo Editior) an der Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. Seit 2015 ist Jessica "Photography Manager" bei "The Impossible Project".