I said that I would put up my polaroid pictures, but then you know what happened (The Paper). So here they finally are! They are the first Polaroid picture that I’ve ever taken and there was quite a bit to get used to.
Here are some tips for using an SX-70 from someone who really shouldn’t be giving out advice:
01| Hold the camera slightly upward, not flat, so that the lens itself is level with what you’re trying to shoot! The SX-70 is not like typical cameras of today where you just hold it flat, it points downward so you have to compensate for this. I have no idea if this is common sense or not, but I know we didn’t realize it until after picture #6 we took that day. (Film is $33–including shipping & handling–for 8 shots)
02| Use the exposure correctly. eh-hem, now I know this is self-explanatory but we didn’t use it correctly for all seven pictures. If it’s bright outside and you want your pictures darker, turn the dial the dark side, if its kind of dark and you want your pictures lighter, turn it to the white side. We accidentally did it the exact opposite way, so our pictures were extremely over exposed.
03| Use the lens piece to open an SX-70 properly. I was super scared to break it at first and YouTubed this video. (Plus it’s a sweet vid’).
04| How to put your film in. Thanks YouTube!
05| Push the red button with love.
Ok, we (Evan and I) only took 7 of the 8 pictures and I hope I think of something worth the last picture. (My friends from Truman coming up!? Carissa coming back from China?).
You’ve already seen the first picture, at the top, here we go:
Evan standing in the rain with black shoes.
My chicken timer, longing for freedom.
Bottles on Evan’s desk. Here we were trying to figure out why none of our pictures were in the frame so we were taking a shot to try to figure out what was getting cut off. So we laid the camera flat on the desk. Since the lens points down…it’s mostly the desk.
Evan playing the slide guitar. This one turned out the worst.
Ok, FINALLY we figured out how we were supposed to hold the camera:
Unfortunately we were so worried about the shot turning out correctly that neither of us looks happy.