This is How Instant Film is Made

Black and White 2.0 scan

Instant film has been around for many years, and though it isn’t quite instant, it’s still very cool and the fastest way to actually produce a tangible image.

How It’s Made recently shared a video of how Instant Film is made on their YouTube channel; and it involves an engineer wearing night vision googles. Liquid photo chemicals and dyes flow onto the surface of the plastic film and then it’s all evened out.

The video after the jump shows a lot more–but each piece of instant film also has development chemicals packaged with it. When the film passes through the camera’s rollers, the chemicals are evenly dispersed through the film plane providing the rollers are clean. But just for good measure, I often like to place the film on a flat surface and rub the bottom of my fist against it for a more even dispersion–just in case.

This video is being shared partially because this week in the second Roid Week of the year 2015, where photographers celebrate instant film. If you haven’t experimented with it yet, you’re seriously missing out.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.