All posts tagged polaroid

  • 5: Polaroids

    What? It’s not Friday? Yeah I know.

    I had these done earlier today (Friday, I haven’t gone to bed yet), but then I ended up going out to eat and seeing Despicable Me (for free). Chaotic week and next week is going to be terrible! So…don’t expect much.

    But for here are 5 Polaroids I’ve taken recently! (Not so good)

    The first one was shot with the old 100 Silver Shade and the rest were shot with the PX 70 Color Shade. I but a TON of the color instant film because they were/are on sale. As you can see, they seem to be changing weird colors (these pictures are pretty from the summer, mostly). That makes me kind of sad. But at least I’ve preserved them so far.

    Oh, and the last one was my fault. I had something over the dispense to protect it from light, but it was too close and the film couldn’t eject properly. It was supposed to be sunshine through leaves..

    Impossible also sent out a newsletter and it looks like they have a new film which looks like it takes really nice pictures from it’s promo.

  • A mostly bad day

    I found this pair at the Salvation Army today, for about $3 total. I was so excited! The film was the right size for my SX-70

    I had heard that it was okay to use expired film, but I they were talking about a few years old. This film expired in 1989. Needless to say it didn’t work. Sigh.

    BUT, what’s worse is that it broke my camera! I am utterly heartbroken. Now the gears/motors continuously run when I put film in. Like it’s trying to read something but can’t!

    Now my hope rests on this, not nearly as nice, Polaroid Express. Which I suspect doesn’t work either because there was an empty Impossible Film cartridge in when I bought it. You wouldn’t give away a camera that works, would you?


  • New color film from the Impossible Project!

    I bought one.

    It’s totally a great deal! Three packs of color film for the price of two! The only catch is that you’re a guinea pig for the film. Worth it! The Impossible Project is so wonderful about helping customers who get a bum batch of film, so I’m not worried (I don’t know this personally, but I’ve heard).

    They have some examples of the new film on their website. They don’t look that colorful, but its a start.

    They also started this neat Pioneer Card thing for those brave enough to essentially buy their film during this first year while they’re playing around with the formula. You get roughly one point for each pack of film you buy, and once you earn 10 points you get to be an official pioneer :). The benefits? 10% discount on film for life, to name one! So amazing. They have different levels, and there is a time limit. Visit their site for more details.  (The triple pack is worth 2 points!).

    I’m excited, tiny audience, excited.

  • Voila! My first polaroid pictures!


    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.

    Porch picture.

    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.


  • The Impossible Project: Camera Kit

    The Impossible Project is a campaign/company trying to keep instant Polaroid photography alive by providing, among other things, the film. After purchasing my first film from them for my new camera, they sent me a newsletter telling me about their latest project.

    They have restored and refurbished 50 of the 200 Sx-70 cameras which they have collected and are offering them to the public in a kit that includes the camera,  a manual, 2 packs of film, a CD, and a 1-year warranty. All for only $307!

    Seriously? As I was reading this, I was excited over the thought of restored cameras. But that cost seems unbelievable to me. Especially when I still hope to find one in a thrift store for 8 bucks. I was a little pained to think that they took 200 cameras out of the market to re-sell in the first place. I’d like to think this is just a side operation so that they can stay in business and I still think they’re doing something really neat.  Plus it’s probably expensive to repair them (unless they were buying working ones in the first place!).

    In lighter news, I think I’m going to name my camera Dave.