The Beginner’s Tips on Using and Shooting Polaroids (or Impossible Project 600 Film)

Summer is the season of endless sunshine and vibrant colors, so this is the perfect time to add a fun twist to your photography game. Anastasia gives a few tips on how to get the best results.

Photography and text by Anastasia Egonyan – Model Chiara Lee –  Edited by Alex Burchell

You know I have been keen on instant photography lately, so as soon as I had a chance to continue my experiments this project was born, full of colours and a bit over the top. This time I am testing the new Polaroid 600 limited edition films, the Hot Pink and Mint Frames by Impossible Project. Our Licorne Girl, Chiara, fits perfectly into this concept and colour scheme, so with her eccentric style we had an inspiration for a shooting instantly. Coloured frames always give a bit of a challenge as they set some boundaries on how and what to shoot. I find such boundaries really cool because I love moving outside my comfort zone sometimes.

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Jamie Livingston’s Viral Polaroid Photo a Day Project is Being Made Into a Book

There’s been a viral video going around for a long time now about a photographer who shot one Polaroid photo every day: Jamie Livingston. Jamie’s story originally went viral years ago via Mental Floss when a writer stumbled upon a website with loads and loads of Polaroids. After a whole lot of digging around, the writer came to the conclusion that the photos belonged to Jamie Livingston and now a book of around 6,564 Polaroids are being showcased. For the uninitiated, Jamie was a cinematographer and MTV video editor.

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Film Buffs: Here’s a List of Every Polaroid Camera Ever Made

Over on R/Polaroid, U/Grandberries posted a pretty comprehensive list of every Polaroid film camera ever made and breaks it down into further categories. The list includes a whole lot of cameras and has been improved and added to by the community who typically shoots lots of Instant film of all types that actually involve chemical processing in order to make the photo come to life.

What you should know is that some of the cameras take roll film but with some modifications, they’ve found new life shooting pack film and Instax Wide film. But in addition to that, there are SX-70 film cameras and others that Impossible Project provides support for these days.

Go ahead and check out the list!

This is How the Polaroid Was First Explained When It Was a New Concept

Years ago, the idea of how a Polaroid worked needed to be explained to the general public simply because the public’s understanding how photography worked was so much different from everything else. To that end, Polaroid needed to put out an ad to the public to explain how their image taking process worked. You see, for many years people believed that you needed to shoot a photo, bring it into the darkroom and then get your negative or positive print back.

But the Polaroid promised to deliver an end to the darkroom so to speak.

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Is Fujifilm Instax Real Film? Answer: Yes! Here’s Why

Believe it or not, the younger generation that loves Fujifilm Instax film doesn’t even believe that it’s film. That’s what we were told a while back from Fujifilm, but photographer Robert Mann believes otherwise. He recently put together a video as part of a series talking about Fujifilm Instax and explaining why the instaprints (yes, that’s what they’re also called) are indeed film as well as the history.

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A Final, Heartbroken Goodbye to Fujifilm FP 100-C Instant Film

For years, I’ve been in love with Fujifilm 100-C peel apart film. It’s beautiful; or at least it was beautiful. As many photographers know, it’s been discontinued though there are talks from third parties about bringing it back. And as a younger photographer who started casually in film, got serious in digital, then very serious in film again, what personally breaks my heart so much is that I discovered (way too late) the absolute fun and extended magic of working not only with the film’s positive photos but also the negatives.

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Phrame.it Protects Your Polaroid Prints From Fading Due to UV Light

One of the biggest problems with prints from the Impossible Project has to do with how UV light degrades the images over time–but a new solution from Phrame.it is looking to counter that issue. The Kickstarter initiative is for the creation of picture frames with acrylic glass designed to protect your images from UV light while also giving the appearance that the image is floating in air. If you’re a person that shoots a whole load of Impossible Project film, then it makes a whole lot of sense for you to show off your snaps this way vs putting them in a box shielded from the light of day.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Why Does Instant Film Not Work So Well in Cold Weather?

If you’re one of those photographers who uses Instax film, Impossible Project film, or have your hands on a little bit of Fujifilm Peel Apart, then you’ve probably noticed just how frustrating it can be to use instant film in cold weather. This is an issue photographers have been facing for a really long time, but if you consider it carefully you’ll realize how much it makes sense.

In this short article, we’ll explain exactly what happens.

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