We all love the look of polaroids and instant photos. They have a certain charm and nostalgia that digital photos can’t quite replicate. But what if you’re not happy with the results you’ve been getting? Here are some tips to help you take good polaroids and instant photos every time.
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12 Awesome Tips to Take Good Polaroids and Instant Photos
Here are our 12 best suggestions to get the most out of your instant pics. Unlike digital photos, you can’t edit them afterward! Like film photography, make sure you think your shot through to get the best one… and have fun with it!
1. Take Instant Photos on Cloudy Days for Well-Lit Results
An Instax camera doesn’t capture dynamic range as well as a DSLR. If you take photos of a place that’s both shaded and exposed to the sun, you might end up with underexposed photos.tak
To avoid this, you should take polaroid pictures when light evenly hits everything. Cloudy days are perfect for this. But you can also take photos in shaded areas as long as there aren’t any dramatic changes in light around you.
2. Don’t Photograph Details to Avoid Blurry Shots
Details are often a priority in analog (film) photography. Some film cameras capture details much more clearly than modern professional cameras. But this isn’t the case for Instax photography. Fujifilm Instax cameras are known for their soft, washed-out effect.
They’re ideal for atmospheric photos of people, landscapes, and objects. But they shouldn’t be too close to the camera. Always stay a few feet (60 cm) away from your subject.
Do you want to take close-up shots? Before, you needed an Instax Mini 9 with a close-up lens. It lets you focus between 35 and 50 cm. But now you can use the Instax Mini 11 with a Close-up Shooting mode.
3. Take a Few Steps Away From Your Subject to Take Sharp Pictures
This goes hand in hand with the previous tip. Take a few steps away from your subject. This ensures your instant photos don’t have too soft a focus. A few large steps back are good enough for sharp results.
But remember, there’s a limit to how much your camera can capture, even at a distance. Too many steps back give you abstract and unfocused results.
4. Avoid Harsh Contrast to Prevent Unflattering Shadows
As mentioned, Instax cameras aren’t the best at capturing dynamic range. So you need to avoid clashing colors and bright light. You should also take photos using soft light in locations that don’t have too many shadows. Even a slight shadow in a bright space can ruin your composition.
If you take a sunset photo, the surrounding landscape (like rocks) will look abnormally dark. You can use your camera flash to compensate for this. But there’s no guarantee it will be enough to light an entire landscape.
You can also add more light to a subject using controlled artificial light.
5. Don’t Cover Your Lens or Flash to Avoid Unwanted Distractions
Instax cameras are smaller than most professional ones. They’re also designed to look like cute little toys. This means your fingers won’t be able to work the buttons quickly.
As you shoot, ensure your fingers aren’t covering the lens, flash, or other features that might affect your images. Even slightly covering your lens (a technique in digital photography) might ruin your entire photo.
6. Take Photos of Various Subjects to Keep Your Photos Interesting
If you have a limited amount of photos available, you’ll want to make the most of them. If you’re a beginner photographer, take photos of anything that catches your eye.
Do it even if you’re uncertain about the outcome. This will introduce you to many photography genres. And it will make you more fearless in the face of new experiences.
If you’re an advanced photographer, take photos of people and places you’re not used to capturing. This makes your shooting experience fun and gives you lots of new photos to share in your portfolio.
7. Shoot in Black and White (B&W) to Create Different Moods
You can use monochrome film to get out of your comfort zone and take atmospheric photos. Black and white photography is often superior to color. It makes images look more emotive and mysterious.
Combined with the softness of instant photos, B&W makes your results stand out… To make your photos look eerie, use monochrome film to create double exposures. (More on this later.)
8. Center Your Subject to Avoid Distortion
Instant photos aren’t meant to provide professional results. You can’t expect them to give you sharp images. But if you want your images to look as clear as possible, center them often.
If your subject ends up at the edge of your frame, it might get distorted or ruined by an unexpected light leak. Centered subjects are likelier to look sharper and more visually appealing in your compositions.
9. Experiment With Different Backgrounds for Unique Instant Photos
Again, avoiding too much contrast and high dynamic range is best. To do this, you can gravitate towards simple compositions instead. This includes taking Instax photos in front of simple backdrops. White walls, blue skies, and simple buildings are perfect for this.
This minimalist approach helps you avoid busy compositions. And it puts the spotlight on your subject or model. So the result is more visually appealing images.
10. Use the Double-Exposure Feature to Take Creative Photos
Some instant cameras offer double
The Instax Mini 90 and Square SQ6 have this feature. The double
You need to use a bright and dark image to make your double
You can combine a photo of a cloudy sky with a photo of a silhouette. This creates a stunning double
11. Use Colorful Lenses and Tools to Make the Most of Your Camera
Instant cameras have affordable tools and accessories. They can make your shot process even more fun.
Colored frames, lens filters, and stickers are all available for most instant camera users. You can use these to complement the colors in your images, take close-up photos, or manually color correct your images.
12. Use Your Instant Photos as Examples to Impress Potential Clients
Last but not least, you can use all of your Instax photos as examples to market yourself… or find new jobs and impress potential clients. They’re not professional-grade photos. But they’re a great way to express yourself and show others how much you can do with a small camera.
They’re also great for test shoots. You can show models test shots to make them feel comfortable before the actual photoshoot.
Instant gratification is usually looked down on. In this case, learning to take polaroid pictures is a great way to improve your basic photography skills… and have fun too! There’s plenty you can do with instant photos. You can sell them as prints, scrapbook them as memories, or showcase them in your portfolio!