Polaroid was the first manufacturer of instant cameras and film. They were so popular that we tend to call every instant camera “a Polaroid” even today. However, the company went from an industry giant to bankruptcy but then raised from the ashes. In this video from Business Insider, learn more about the exciting history of the world’s best-known instant camera brand.
Polaroid has added a new, tiny camera to its line-up along with a new type of film that fits it. The new Polaroid Go is so small that both the camera and the prints it makes fit on the palm of your hand. In fact, it’s the smallest instant film camera in the world. But let’s see if it has anything big to offer.
If you’re into retro instant photos or macro photography, you’re gonna like this video. And if you’re into both, plus you have a limited budget, then you’re gonna love it! Dave Knop aka Knoptop has discovered a $35 instant camera that lets you take photos only a few inches away from your subject. He even upgraded it with some DIY tricks and took some cute instant macro prints.
With light painting, the options for creating artwork are virtually endless. But have you ever considered adding Polaroid to the equation? It’s another interesting way of creating light paintings, and you’ll get some unique film images that we don’t see so often on instant film. In this great video tutorial, Jason D. Page will show you how to do it and give you some of his examples of Polaroid light painting portraits.
The Star Wars universe has inspired lots of photographers and filmmakers, but now it has inspired a camera design, too. Polaroid has jumped on a bandwagon and presented a new camera inspired by The Mandalorian. I’d say it’s just in time, as the second season of Disney’s TV series starts airing in October. But other than the appealing design, let’s see what else the new Polaroid Now camera offers.
Cabinet cards were all the rage in the late 19th century. Photographer Ursula Ferrara decided to bring them back in a modern version, and she made her own camera for it. She modified a Lomo’Instant Wide so that now, instead of using Instax Wide film, she can shoot tiny wet plate collodion photos.
After 33 years, Polaroid Spectra film is about to be discontinued. Polaroid Originals has just announced that it will no longer produce it, and if you want to stock up, the final batch is now on sale. After the last batch is sold out, you will no longer be able to buy Spectra film, neither color nor black and white.
Back in 2016, Fujifilm announced the discontinuation of FP-100C peel-apart instant film. It made many film photographers sad, but SuperSense is on a mission to bring the peel-apart film back to life. They launched a Kickstarter project to fund ONE INSTANT, the “next generation” Type 100 peel-apart instant film. And Mathieu Stern got to test it out. He teamed up with Chris Holmquist of SuperSense to demonstrate what it’s like to shoot with the new version of the familiar peel-apart film.
There are certainly more than one ways to get your photos printed: ink-jet printers, mobile printers, or using instant cameras. The latest weird product, Polaroid Lab, combines the last two concepts and adds your smartphone to the equation. It lets you print an instant photo from images you already have on your phone, and all you need to do is open the photo and scan the screen with Polaroid Lab.