Film Test Shows Greatly Improved New Polaroid Originals Color Films

Screenshot image from the video by The Science of Photography

If you were frustrated with the Impossible Project era films for Polaroid cameras, you’re definitely not alone. Alongside raves of the moody and retro look they created, these instant films were plagued with so many reports of failed photos and disappointing color renditions. Fans of instant photography and Polaroid cameras finally got their hopes up for better emulsions with the Polaroid Originals rebrand, and they were not disappointed. In an in-depth test by Cyrus Arthur for The Science of Photography, we get to see how big the improvements are for the new Polaroid Originals color films.

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The Polaroid Originals Duochrome Films are Back in Stock

All images from the Polaroid Originals Website

Attention, Polaroid snappers and instant photography fans! If you’ve been looking for a new film to experiment with, it’s time to stock up on some Polaroid Duochrome Films. They’re finally back in stock on the Polaroid Originals online shop!

New to the Polaroid club? Then prepare to be amazed with these cool instant films. Think of the Duochrome films as black and white photos that got a splash of vibrant color. Consider it as a nice in-between option if you’re not in the mood for some regular color instant film packs, but you’re not after plain black and white either. It looks really great for portraits but you can also try shooting other contrasty subjects with it. For best results, use it for subjects or scenes with a good balance of dark and light elements.

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Make Photo Booths Extra Fun with the Polaroid All-In-One Photo Booth Kit

All photos from Polaroid All-In-One Photo Booth Kit on Amazon.

Because Polaroids and their fake look-alikes are all the rage these days, there’s the brand new Polaroid All-In-One Photo Booth Kit. This kitten kaboodle includes an oversized version of their iconic Polaroid frame. Parties, celebrations, and events will surely be extra fun and memorable with the quirky photos guests can take using this photo booth set. The Polaroid All-In-One Photo Booth Kit promises to be everything your party needs for some Instant Photo Booth fun. It also comes with the usual photo booth props like silly mustaches, crazy hats, goofy glasses in various colors and designs. There’s also a red curtain backdrop so your guests can look the part in their eye-catching selfies and photo booth prints, whether indoors or outdoors. The real star of this kit, however, is the oversized Polaroid frame (which measures 28 x 17.5″), which will certainly appeal to fans of Polaroid instant photos.

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Instant Film Compared: How Does Fujifilm Instax Measure Up?

Ever wonder just how big Fujifilm Instax film is?

Fujifilm’s [amazon_textlink asin=’B00G6C7XUG’ text=’Instax’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a9179f62-be9d-11e7-a00d-85b84fccba7f’] line of instant film cameras and films is a cash cow that continues to grow and is consistently a top selling product on Amazon’s camera marketplace. But what if you are wanting to get into the Instax system and are curious about how all the various options match up? What if you are old enough to remember Polaroid instant films, and wonder how Instax compares to those? If either of these are the case, we’ve got you covered. Continue reading…

Speed Magny Backs Turn Nikon F Cameras into Instant or Large Format Cameras

Screenshot image from the Speed Magny 45 video by Doug Bardwell

From the 1960s to the 1980s, photographers who wanted to check their lighting or churn out images for very quick reportage had a secret weapon: the Speed Magny. This interesting contraption allowed them to produce Polaroid prints with their Nikon F cameras. While the entire setup looks rather bulky and awkward, it was still marketed as the “Instant” Nikon.

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The “Taz Cam” Polaroid Camera Will Tug at Your Millennial Cartoon Loving Heart

When you use the Taz Cam, be sure to spin around in place as fast as you can

If you grew up in the late 80s and early 90s, you probably will remember the inspiration for the Taz Cam. You see, the Taz Cam was a Polaroid 600 camera specially designed and had a different exterior than most other Polaroid 600 cameras. It was sold for a short while in the 90s but the Polaroid Originals shop has a few of them available for purchase right now.

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First Impressions: Polaroid Pop (Square Format zINK Paper)

The Polaroid Pop isn’t from the company Polaroid Originals–and that’s absolutely showing in every single way. By all means, this is a digital camera designed to simulate the Polaroid and Instant film experience without using anything nearly close to the original film. The new zINK paper is designed to be more square in format to seem a bit more like what the Impossible Project tried for years to keep alive and that Polaroid Originals now manufactures. So at a recent event here in NYC, I had the chance to play with the Polaroid Pop. I’ve tried some of the company’s other cameras and I simply cannot get behind the idea of zINK. The Polaroid Pop is really no exception.

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Polaroid Offers Versatile and Bendable Lighting in a Portable Package

All images courtesy of Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel listing on Amazon

Polaroid recently announced its Flexible LED Lighting Panel, a lightweight and bendable light source that promises to be a must-have accessory for photographers and videographers of all levels. If you’re always on the go, do a lot of location shoots, or would like to have a more portable and versatile light source, this new equipment could be useful for you.

The Flexible LED Lighting Panel can be shaped to your desired form and position because of its pliable flat-mat material. With this, you can produce focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off by simply molding and reshaping the panel. Measuring 12 x 12″, just 16mm thick, and weighs only one pound, this super slim lighting panel makes for a handy, ultra portable tool you can easily bring with you everywhere as part of your professional set-up.

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Impossible Project Launches Polaroid Originals on 80th Anniversary of Polaroid

Analog is in and everything that was old in new again! Today, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, the Impossible Project launched a new brand called Polaroid Originals that includes a new camera and film flavor.

The OneStep 2 is the first analog camera under the Polaroid brand since 2003 and the new film packs have been engineered to recall the dreamy nature of vintage black and white and color instant film. Continue reading…

Polaroid is Teasing a Very Big Return to Chemical Based Analog Instant Film Photography Right Now

Polaroid for many years now has been created a poor excuse for Instant Film in the form of Zink paper and prints with options borders, but a recent update from the company is teasing the return to their roots as an analog instant film based company. The Impossible Project has been working for years on resurrecting their film and can only get so far due to environmental standards; and Fujifilm has been the only other big manufacturer of instant film using chemicals and a full process to develop a photo. But earlier this year, one of the owners of the Impossible Project also acquired a large portion of Polaroid. So it was only a matter of time until some sort of return was being talked about–and I didn’t think that we’d be hearing news as early as September 13th, but it seems we are.

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What You Need to Know About Instant Film: The Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid Film, Fujifilm Instax, Impossible Project, and More.

When you think about instant film cameras, folks often say Polaroids, Instax, etc. But the truth is that not a lot of people truthfully know the difference between all the various options from manufacturers. Why? Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of it coming from the mainstream press. Many people just don’t understand Instant film–for years folks used it for fun and just to see what the images would look like when they got back to shooting their negative films.

So to help everyone out, here’s what you need to know.

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Polaroid’s New Flexible Twin Flash Lights May Get You Mistaken For An Alien

In the world of photography lighting, it seems that nothing is off limits, even odd dual flex lights meant for on camera use in macro photography. Polaroid, a brand that continues day by day to make us wonder how our necks aren’t giving out from shaking our heads, has announced their new [amazon_textlink asin=’B01DOIYG7W’ text=’Flexible Twin Flash Lights’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’42f6bf3e-881f-11e7-a3cd-6104c08e93b5′] for Macro Photographers. Continue reading…

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.

Continue reading… 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 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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