Why do I have to protect my Polaroid pictures from sunlight and how do I do that

 

Today’s tip is about how and why to protect your Polaroid Originals and Impossible Project color pictures from sunlight:

Instant film contains multiple layers. One of them is a regular film negative, which is why the photo is sensitive to light until it is fully developed. The development time of the color Polaroid Originals picture is about 15 minutes.

The reason for this rather long development time is mainly caused by the so-called opacification layer. It is another, blue, layer within the film, which protects the lower (light-sensitive) layers from light.

Think of the opacification layer, or opacifier, as a chemical curtain that needs to be drawn over the film to protect the image you’ve created.

The opacifier isn’t perfect protection: Therefore we recommend using the “Frog Tongue” (or film shield), a device that can be installed in most Polaroid 600 and SX-70 cameras which helps to further protect your pictures.

 

Polaroid 600-type camera with built-in film shield

And this is how you take and remove a picture using the film shield for Polaroid 600 box-type cameras:

There’s another method to protect the Polaroid if you do not have a camera with a built-in frog tongue. Watch our video to learn how to install the film shield in your Polaroid 600 camera:

Hit the shutter button. Right after the photo got ejected, quickly turn the camera by 180º or take the picture with the darkslide (put it on the side with the developing picture). Then quickly place the picture in a bag, pocket, book or let it develop face down (be careful to not bend it).

Darkslide – A cardboard that protects the film from light

Avoid exposing and developing in direct sunlight; this will cause overexposure and reddening of the final result. Polaroid instant-photos are no longer sensitive to light after a few minutes but it will take about 15 minutes to fully develop the Polaroid. It might even develop further after that point!

And that’s how it works:

How to protect the Polaroid picture from light

In short: Expose your Polaroid as little as possible to sunlight.

Watch our video to learn more about the topic:

 

Check out our other tips:

How to create colorful Polaroids?

 

Today’s tip is about how to really make your colors pop:

There is one key ingredient to colorful pictures: Color! If you want to have saturated colors in your Polaroid Originals instant picture the subject must be colorful. How to get good colors in cold weather? Check out tip #4. Tip #9 is also helpful!

The first picture is the perfect colorful subject. The second not so much 😉

 

Check out our other tips:

Get close and make your subject the main focus of your picture

 

Today’s tip is about making your subject the main point of interest:

To make the most of your instant-shots we recommend getting close to your subject and making your subject the main interest of your picture! Frame it in your viewfinder as big as possible and keep the background simple. Don’t think too much about it: Often the simple things work best in a Polaroid.

Check out our video for more info:

 

A few sample pictures:

 

Check out our other tips:

What is a parallax error and how can I work around it?

 

Today’s tip is will teach you about the parallax error, what it is and how to work around it. The Polaroid 600 type camera will take the picture through the lens, but you’ll see the scene through the viewfinder next to the lens. This results in a so-called parallax error. This error is bigger the closer you are to your subject, it’s less visible the more far away you are.

Polaroid 600-type camera

Parallax error

If you are for example framing your subject in the middle of the viewfinder, your camera in fact “sees” it closer to the left, upper corner. To work around that we recommend avoiding full frontal framing of your subject. Rather go for a side angle. You could also frame the subject a little bit more to the left, leaving space on the right side of the viewfinder. Another note: Your camera doesn’t show you the full scene it’ll capture in the viewfinder. It’ll add a little bit on all sides. This makes the parallax error seem smaller.

In short: We think it’s very hard to successfully work around the parallax error. Our tip: Don’t worry too much about it – rather embrace the imperfection 🙂

Watch our video for more info on the parallax error:

 

Check out our other tips: