Gifts Ideas for the Polaroid Photo Fanatic

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Instant film has had a sort of reemergence with the ever growing popularity of Fujifilm‘s Instax cameras, and Impossible Project’s various cameras and instant films. There are a lot of new converts to the instant film phenomenon, but there are also plenty of old timers who came up with polaroids and that classic instant film.

Today we are taking a look at six great gifts for the instant film fanatic,l: everything from film to cameras. So let’s get started!

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Essentials: The Semi Serious Fujifilm Instax Film Photographer

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Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

While it’s still not totally there yet, the Fujifilm Instax format is starting to offer support for the more serious minded photographer out there. The imaging area is around the size of true 645 format, and for that reason it would be absolutely incredible as a serious image capturing format. The film is more than capable of delivering great details but the problems for many years has been the cameras. However, two cameras in particular are fantastic choices for a photographer looking to get more seriously into the Instax format.

As always, the Essentials series isn’t sponsored but instead designed to give a photographer various kit options.

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The Sterile Look: The Problems with Camera Lenses Being Too Good

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When you look at camera lenses made for photographers, we can all say that they’ve arguably become better and better. Lenses today are sharper than they’ve ever been, more contrasty, able to keep lens flare down, and able to render incredible colors. Part of this came from marketing and everyone who believes they are an expert on the internet involving lab test scores to compete for the favor of many. This ultimately translates into awards and sales. This is fine in some ways, but the problem is lenses eventually start becoming something designed too much for engineers and those who don’t necessarily know better, and less for the actual photographers themselves. If you peruse any Facebook group with the more experienced photographers, you’ll see that they bring their own creative vision to life using software and lighting in their own ways.

This is the inherent problem with photography these days. What am I talking about?

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First Impressions: Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat

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Today, Lomography is launching the new Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat–a camera that they’re billing as the instant version of the company’s very popular LCA+. Targeted at the person looking to have fun with an instant camera and have great instant memories, this camera features a lot of what the Lomo’Instant Wide can do without the PC sync port and 1/30th shutter mode, and it uses Instax Mini film.

Like almost everything else from Lomography, it’s being launched with a Kickstarter that’s sure going to be backed faster than anything I’ve ever put out–and it’s also going to be something that a lot of photographers may be looking very closely at. When you consider that Instax Mini is pretty much the size of 645 film, you’ll be very happy to know that they’re getting closer and closer to something with manual controls.

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The Best Point and Shoot Cameras of 2016 for Street Photography

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Fact: you probably shouldn’t be carrying around an interchangeable lens camera to shoot street photography. Truthfully, you don’t really need to. What street photographers need to capture candid slices of life are small, inconspicuous cameras. Surely, a photographer can use a big camera and not be caught–but it’s tough to argue that smaller and more low profile cameras don’t naturally get away with more. Further, you don’t often need more than a single lens.

Want to get out there and document the human condition? Check out these fan favorite cameras.

Editor’s Note: when talking about street photography, we’re also including the genre of urban geometry.

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Review: KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film (35mm)

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Consider the recent rise in Tungsten film and you get a great explanation for why the KONO! Kolorit 400 Tungsten Film could be so popular with portrait photographers. Like CineStill 800T, this film is a Tungsten film and designed to be shot in doors, in cloudy weather, during the night, etc. It’s very much unlike daylight film and my favorite way of using it is to often just use strobe lighting to get the best effect that I can.

Combine this with the fact that Tungsten film often delivers what are in my opinion better skin tones than Kodak Portra and the fact that emulating this look and the tones in digital is pretty tough, and you’ve got yourself a very good option to use this little analogue beauty.

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The Digital Photographer’s Introduction to Lo-Fi Cameras

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LoFi cameras remove all the crazy, super technical things about pixel peeping and dynamic range to instead have the user focus on just creating an image that they’re really happy with. It often isn’t about much more than documenting a moment of fun. In some ways, these cameras give you limitations that will really appeal to only two major schools of photographers: complete beginners and complete masters. Those in between may become frustrated; but once you master what these cameras are capable of, you’ll be seriously surprised.

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Saturday: Learn How to Take Better Portraits With Your Current Camera

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Hey folks,

This Saturday, we’re gathering together to do a special portrait photography workshop at the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. If you bring a camera with manual exposure and a standard sized hot shoe, I’ll teach you how to create a better portrait no matter what the person may look like. It’s a skill that’s a lot more about using light, communication, and creative vision vs the gear.

Are you up for the challenge? Check out the details on our EventBrite page and sign up. It’s a ridiculously affordable price for what you’re getting.

Also be sure to check out our Kickstarter page.