THE POLAROID EFFECT

Fantastic blog on the merits of smartphone photography.

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BY MICHAEL PERKINS

I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO DESCRIBE THE COMBINATION OF HOPE AND ANXIETY THAT ATTENDS MY EVERY USE OF A SMARTPHONE CAMERA. Coming, as do many geezers of my era, from a tradition of full-function, hands-on, manual cameras, I have had a tough time embracing these miraculous devices, simply because of the very intuitive results that delight most other people.

But: it’s a little more complicated than my merely being a control freak or a techno-snob.

What’s always perplexing to me is that I feel that the camera is making far too many choices that it “assumes” I will be fine with, even though, in many cases, I am flat-out amazed at how close the camera delivers the very image I had in mind in the first place. It doesn’t exactly make one feel indispensable to the process of picture-making, but that’s a bug…

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Instax Attraction

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Photos taken with the Polaroid Z340

Last weekend I attended a 20th Birthday Party and – after some shots in front of the backdrop with the z340 -was able to get my little fujifilm instax out.

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Looks kind of like a fat little marshmallow

These little guys have been around for a while and fujifilm did a great job in bringing back the instant camera format. They’ve advanced a bit since i bought this one and you can now get some more ‘stylish’ options, such as the piano black, or the newest camera, the instax neo classic which has a range of fantastic features.

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However, despite my strong desire to burn a hole in my pocket with the neo for the time being I’m sticking with my fat little marshmallow. This is mainly due to the print size – though the guests were thrilled with the photo’s I still feel that a wide format of the neo would be worth waiting for…come on fujifilm!

 

Until then, I’ve just purchased this beast from ebay

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Possibly the ugliest camera ever developed, the instax wide’s prints are twice the size of the instax mini – Can’t wait to give it a go!

 

Finally, here two instax print I managed to get shots of – not an easy thing to achieve! People may love the pick-and-choose abilities of Polaroids Z340, but nothing quite beats watching a photo develop before your eyes.

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As an added bonus these prints fit perfectly into the photo compartment of most wallets

Thanks for reading,

 

Clever Fox