Get Crafty With Your Instant Photos and Make Some Polaroid Transparencies

Feeling experimental with your Polaroid snaps? Here’s a simple tutorial that will transform them into fun Polaroid transparencies.

The MiNT team has recently shared with us a quick and easy project for instant photography fans, particularly those who are fond of shooting with Polaroid films. Aside from emulsion lifts, transfers, collages, or simply hanging them up or taping them on your wall, why not try making Polaroid transparencies?

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The Wait for a Peel-Apart Instant Pack Film Revival Continues

When Fujifilm slated the FP-3000B Instant Black and White Film for discontinuation, it was the only black and white instant film in 3×4 format in the market. Four years later and we’re on a mad scramble after the last stocks of FP-100C, which Fuji discontinued in early 2016. Despite the many exciting developments in the instant photography arena, the beloved peel-apart films still remain sorely missed. The task to revive it appears difficult, apparently even for Polaroid Originals, so we are left waiting (impatiently, for some of us) for its return.

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Eight Reasons Why Every Photographer Should Have Instant Cameras

Instant cameras: are they the future?

Instant cameras have been a big part of the recent analog resurgence, and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing like seeing an instant print develop right before your eyes. With this medium, you also get to own a bit of photography history in the camera itself. However, if you still need some convincing, New York City-based photographer Josh Katz has eight reasons why every photographer should actually have an instant camera.

Josh, who has always shot with a DSLR and played around with film cameras, has recently bought two instant cameras: a Polaroid 600 and an Instax Mini 90. He refers to both cameras and the medium itself as “polaroids”, which is understandable since the magic of instant photography actually began with Polaroid cameras. In the video below, he gives a rundown of what photographers can learn with instant cameras.

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Tim Hunkin Shows His Process for Making Large “Polaroid Style” Images Using Cibachrome

Artist and engineer, Tim Hunkin, details working with Cibachrome to produce exceptionally large “Polaroid style”, instant prints. Hunkin’s choice to work with the format came from his desire to have both large prints and have them immediately. As he puts it, his process of using Cibachrome is like a “slow motion polaroid”. Hunkin shot Cibachrome images for years before tiring of them. Eventually he decided to get back into it. However, frustration ensued shortly after when he learned that Ilford, the only company still producing the film, stopped making it. The following video shows his process in achieving a Cibachrome print despite not having the ideal resources at his disposal. Continue reading…

KFC’s New Chicken Bucket Can Grease Your Fingers and Print Photos

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From the folks who brought you the heart-stopping Double Down comes the intriguing and perplexing Memories Bucket, a standard looking chicken receptacle that’s been outfitted with a bluetooth-capable photo printer. The bucket was announced to celebrate KFC’s 60th anniversary in Canada, and what better way to celebrate than by printing photos from a bucket of chicken?

While it isn’t yet available, the bucket works in tandem with an app that you use to send photos to the bucket for printing. You can see a demonstration of that in a picnic setting in the video below. Despite Polaroid’s objections to Outkast’s instant photo advice, the people in the video shake the print. There doesn’t seem to be a charge port, so it seems safe to say that this runs on batteries. It’s also unclear if there’s a space to put in a new pack of instant film. In the video, the bucket rotates, but it’s mostly flush save for where the print comes out. If there’s anywhere to reload, it’s probably underneath the bucket, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Practically speaking, it would be good to have moist towelettes on hand before you start printing photos because we can’t imagine it being a good idea to have greasy instant prints. That could be the point, though. The memories you make around a communal bucket of chicken will only be enhanced if you could inhale the scent of classic fried chicken as you look at a photograph of a friend in your living room during a Seinfeld marathon.

According to KFC’s Facebook page, there will be giveaways sometime in the near future, but there’s no word on pricing and availability, though it does seem like there will be a limited run. All jokes aside,

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