Monday, July 20, 2009

Polaroid Picture Taking Tips - from Popular Mechanics

Here is another diagram for taking Polaroids, from Popular Mechanics:
Here are some of trouble shooting topics:
  • Light Image
  • Dark Image
  • Repeated White Spots
  • Undeveloped Corner
  • Weak Colours, Pink Cast
  • Vertical Streaks
  • Fuzzy Focus

Sunday, July 12, 2009

How to load polaroid integral film into One Step Cameras

As previous video - here's how you load polaroid integral film into One Step Type camera - pretty self explantory - however if the paper flip doesn't come out, the battery within the film maybe dead. Enjoy!:

How to load polaroid pack film in a land camera

For those wondering, here is how you load pack film in old Polaroid Land Camera - the example here is a 340 Land Camera, but it should be similar enough for all land camera types.

Polaroid Film - Types of Instant Film

Earlier I did a post about types of Polaroid and instant film - but lo and behold I've found the ultimate list here on Save Polaroid - check out the site for details - but here is a list of Polaroid and Fuji Instant films from the site.

Quick run down of Film Types for those new to polaroid in non technical terms:
Integral Film- The type of film that develops before your eyes - its ejected by the camera and takes a few minutes to develop.
Pack Film - This is 'peel apart film'. Pack film is more manual than integral, you take a picture then pull it out of the camera. You then wait for a period time (usually base on what the temperature is) and then peel apart the layers - one side has the negative and the other side has the print.
Sheet Film - Very similar to Pack Film in the process - you have to peel it apart, however, sheet film comes in individual negatives as opposed to rolls or packs. The film sizes are for 4x5 and 8x10 cameras.

Asterisks are for the type of film - and my notes

Polaroid Instant Film:
  • Polaroid 500 Film(integral)
  • Polaroid 600 Film (integral) *
  • Polaroid 779 Film (integral) *
  • Polaroid Izone Film (integral)
  • Polaroid Spectra Film (integral)
  • Polaroid SX-70 Blend Film (integral)
  • Polaroid Time-Zero Film (integral)
  • Polaroid 125i Film (pack) *
  • Polaroid 664 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 665 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 667 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 669 Film (pack) *
  • Polaroid 672 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 690 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid ID-UV Film (pack) *
  • Polaroid Viva Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 84 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 85 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 87 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 88 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 89 Film (pack)
  • Polaroid 51 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 52 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 53 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 54 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 55 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 57 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 59 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 64 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 72 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 79 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 803 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 804 Film (sheet)
  • Polaroid 809 Film (sheet)
Fuji Instant Film:
  • Instax 200 Film (integral) *
  • Instax Mini Film (integral) *
  • Fuji FP-100B Film (pack)
  • Fuji FP-100C Film (pack) *
  • Fuji FP-3000B Film (pack)
  • Fuji FP-100B 45 Film (sheet)
  • Fuji FP-100C 45 Film (sheet)
  • Fuji FP-3000B 45 Film (sheet)
From the ones I've used - I can't really pick a favourite. Integral - I prefer the instax for the colours, although I've had some superb results from 779 polaroid films. For pack film, I prefer Fuji fp 100c (silk not glossy) for colour, however - i really dig the purply hues of UV ID films.

Try them for yourself! But beware with expired film, you may get some unfortunate experiences. So results may vary, but the joy of taking instant film shots overweighs the pain!