Bored with your DSLR? Put it down and pick up an instant film camera.
Though Polaroid is the most famous type of instant film camera, do take a look at the Fujifilm Instax, too. It’s compact, cost-effective, you can find their film everywhere, and the photos come out amazing and surprisingly vivid and sharp.
Why shoot instant film? Well, there’s the obvious: an instant film camera gives you the ability to hold your photos in your hand immediately. Instant film also makes everything look really cool and special, whether it’s a portrait of a person on a plain white background or something mundane, like a cup of coffee or a bike resting against a brick wall. There’s just something about the way instant film captures and distills a moment into a small, tangible, white-bordered photograph that makes you see the world a little differently. Of course, as with any film camera, you’re working with a limited number of shots. So often, restrictions breed creativity, and this particular exercise will force you to take photographs more carefully and thoughtfully.
Here’s a fun exercise to try: Load up your instant film camera with a ten-pack of film and carry it with you for 24 hours. Throughout the day, take random shots as you go about your daily routine, always cognisant of the fact that you only have ten shots. You will have to make each one count! At the end of the day, when you’re holding those ten photographs in your hands, you’ll be surprised at how much inspiration can be found in your everyday life.
If you’re a professional photographer, take an instant film camera with you to set or on location. For every shot on your shot list, take an instant photo of it first. You might find that the size restriction will help you to figure out the true focal point in any scene. Plus it’s just nice to have that immediate, tangible image to keep as a memento of the photo shoot for future inspiration.
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