Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fixing Polaroid Picture Problems

Here's another article from Popular Mechanics - how to fix polaroid picture problems. Too Dark, Too Light, Corners not developed, Double Exposures, Fuzzy Subject, Subject looks Bluish.. find polaroid solutions with this handy article. This for Polaroid Pack Film.

Also tackles temperature and timing for Pack Film - pretty good stuff, go here to read:

How to be a Polaroid Expert

Here's something interesting I found from Google books, its an old Popular Mechanics Article of How to be A Polaroid Expert, note this is for Pack film, not integral (the kind that develops before your eyes)

A Short Video History of Polaroid

Here's a short video history of Polaroid Film

The House that Polaroids Built?

An hour North of Los Angeles, there is an interesting 'abandoned' house. The house was done as a contribute to the end of Polaroid:

Find out more about the project here and here:

edward and after that, when did the house start becoming adorned with the polaroids?
kim it became “The Polaroid House” on June 9, 2008, when jena, chinako and i went out there to leave my polaroids.
edward what was the concept of the house? how did you see it as a medium for art?
kim the concept revolved around the recent demise of polaroid film. i love polaroids and that announcement came as a shock. so the house was a tribute to polaroid and the slow decay of the past.
edward since then, how many times have you visited the house?
kim 5 times.
This photo is from part of the project, please see more work of the Kim here:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Instax Wide/Mini New Zealand

Instax films are Fuji's answer to the void left by Polaroid closing at the end of last year. Though they are not compatible with Polaroid cameras, they do have have all the charm of the old polaroids in that they form right in front of your eyes.

On of nice things about Fuji Instax is that the quality is much better than Polaroid integral (i've used 600 and 779 film), especially colour saturation. There are less blemishes as well. Another advantage over Polaroid films is that its more consistent. However, some may say that the defects are part of the charm of Polaroid film!

Fuji instax comes in two varieties - mini - which is business card size print (H x W): 6.2 cm x 4.6 cm and Wide which is panoramic sized instant print (H x W): 6.2 cm x 9.9 cm. You will need separate cameras for each type of film.

As far as buying, I find that Ebay is your best source for buying cheap instax films. You can find a few dealers on and retails stores that carry the film, but you are better off finding instax dealers on Ebay - especially those in Asia who usually have the best deals (many even provide free shipping). One I have bought from in the past is HKAsiaMall

Its much easier to shoot Fuji Instax than Polaroid. I know the spontaneity is suppose to be part of the Polaroid fun, but I find its too expensive without having a plan for your photo.

Here is a shot from instax wide format:

How to take a double exposure with Polaroid Pack Film

This is a quick tutorial for taking double exposures with pack film. For the sample here I used a Polaroid 104 camera (any 100 number camera should do the trick - infact, I think most packfilm cameras can be used) and Fuji FP 100c film, but any packfilm (Fuji or Polaroid) should work. No camera modification required for Packfilm but you may need it for doing some integral film double exposures (eg 600 and spectra film). Check out this tutorial here as well.

The idea of double exposures is to put one picture on top of the other - it requires a bit of compositional skills and a bit of luck with lighting.

Its incredibly simple to do with these older cameras however, in fact, its done by mistake more often than not. All you have do is NOT remove the film after (pull out by its tab) after its been shot. Then take another shot on top of the other.

I believe (unfortunately I haven't tried this in a while) that you take the picture with darker background first, then the 2nd picture should lighter background. However, if you have any more suggestions to how to compose double exposures let me know!

Shot one was a plastic pig on a white table cloth, the second was the cloudy sky:

Update - Check out this thread on Flickr on how to take a double exposure with Pack Film:

from user queermountainman
If the images overlap, the exposure for each should be reduced by a factor equal to the number of exposures. For example, one stop for two exposures, 1.5 stops for three, 2 stops for four. As bambam4236 points out, this is a general rule, and can vary with the subjects.

If the subjects overlap, it doesn't matter which you photograph first.

If the subjects don't overlap, and you can shoot them against a black background (eg, a person arguing with himself), no exposure adjustment is needed.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pumpkin in the Auckland Autumn

Pumpkins, of the orange Halloween variety, are nearly impossible to find in Auckland - especially during Halloween season. Its Autumn now in Auckland and I found a little Weebee pumpkin at the Fish Market. They are tiny pumpkins, small enough to fit in your hand. They inspired these series of shots that taken in St Heliers with an instax mini.

Its not Halloween, but wanted to capture a bit of Autumnal magic with a pumpkin and maple tree with this. Colours are quite vivid on these little 'business card sized' prints!

Weebee Pumpkin in the Flax

Hiding out in the Flax is our friend the Weebee Pumpkin.

Weebee Pumpkin Scenic Overlook

Weebee pumpkin over on the scenic overlook in St. Heliers/Lady's Bay

Weebee Pumpkin over the bays

This is shot using instax mini - and a weebee pumpkin overlooking Lady's Bay in Saint Heliers in Auckland.