My collection of original Polaroids..
I was sad when Polaroid film became extinct, and ended up buying quite a few out of date films from eBay but they gradually declined in quality and the pictures became too dark to make out. So I was happy to hear that the Impossible Project were making Polaroid films available again, though sadly my budget prevented me from purchasing their film. I did buy a second-hand Fuji Instax Mini which worked very well, and the films were okay in price if bought in bulk, but I still missed using my original Polaroid camera. So last Christmas I dropped a big hint to my brother, and he kindly bought me 3 packs of Polaroid 600 film, with coloured frames! Hurrah! I couldn't wait to try them out.
Above: a new Polaroid compared to a Fuji Instax mini photo
1. They like the darkness
Unlike the old films, these ones need to be put into a dark place straight away if possible, to develop - straight into a pocket, or a drawer for example.
2. Wait... and wait
Instead of developing in front of your eyes, they take around 30-40 mins to fully develop. But this can mean you forget about the pictures you've taken, only to discover them in your pocket the next day!
3. They can be unreliable outdoors
The ones I've taken outdoors so far (above) have been quite shaky and not great in quality. I wondered if this was because there's a lot more light outside. The ones I took in the evenings with the flash came out fine, perhaps as they weren't as exposed to sunlight when they first popped out of the camera.
4. They're best for shots of people a few metres away
..at least this is what I've found. So they are great for parties or events where you'd like to capture a unique shot of friends.
5. The colours aren't quite as vivid as they could be
One shot I took turned out quite sepia in tone, but I like it anyway! So overall the quality isn't as spot on as the original Polaroid films, but they are still worth buying and experimenting with if you share a love for all things instant. I'd quite like to try the black & white films next.