If you’re thinking of giving Polaroids a try, I hope this post will help and inspire you, and that you will soon be as addicted as we are!
Great post, Kirstin – I wish someone had explained the exposure dial to me like this when I started shooting Polaroids last year! Thanks so much for this post, I will refer back to it in the coming days once I receive my SX-70.
I’ve just bought the one step 600 and after trying all 8 films, all but one were a disaster.
Hey, when I take my polaroid shots, a weird, dark, possibly overexposed (I say this because I do a lot of traditional darkroom photography, and overexposed 35mm film has a similar appearance to this) blotch of film remains at the top edge of the photo.
I just got a Polaroid 600 One Step for free and I’m planning on giving it to my best friend as a wedding gift to use in her wedding.
Can I ask where in London is servicing you SX-70 I have found one white SX-70 model 2 in the loft but don’t want to waste money on film until I know it works.
Xerxes I of Persia, also known as Xerxes the Great, lived from 519 to 465 BC, and ruled from 486 (ish) to 465 BC. The name actually means “ruling over heroes.” There is no doubt Persians were kick-butt when it came to decisive land battles *cough* Thermopylae *cough*.
Xerxes ended up being assassinated by a commander of the royal bodyguard named Artabanus (not to be confused with Xerxes’ Uncle Artabanus because that’s a different Artabanus). A very deceptive form that at first appears simple but in fact it requires a lot of hard work to accomplish a satisfactory piece.
This entry was posted in 2013 A To Z Challenge, Poetry and tagged 2013 A To Z Challenge, Persian Empire, poetry, Rhopalic Verse, Xerxes, Xerxes I, Xerxes The Great by jitterymoose. Store the film in the fridge. Once you have bought your camera and film, remember that the film should be stored in the fridge before you use it. In an age of digital perfection, there’s something peculiarly satisfying about getting a really great exposure from a mechanical, chemical system. My gut feeling is to make the image lighter, either by sliding the exposure wheel towards the light side or use flash! Polaroids are great cameras and completely magical to see your shot come right out of the camera. Despite the high cost of the film, once that first frame ejects from the camera it’s easy to get hooked. I’m planning to buy Polaroid 660 soon, i just want to know if the photos would be as clear as i hope for it to be and not blurry or anything like that.
So yes, the film costs more than the camera and the first package of 600 film I used without a filter was kinda sketchy for a first time user, but this helped for sure. I’ve attempted cleaning the rollers, which seemed to help some, but it did not resolve the problem completely.
It almost looks as if the photo is subtly divided into thirds, with the left and right portions resembling each other in color and value while the middle portion seems to have lighter, more saturated color.
I have just bought a Polaroid 600 on eBay without doing prior research (yes not very wise!) now I’m reading that the 600 film takes 30mins to develop – is this right?
I didn’t know that the 600 had a long developing time, I thought all Polaroids had an instant developing time once it was spit out of the camera? I say “ish” to the dates, because there was the whole eldest-son-of-his-father-Darius-I-claiming-the-throne-after-Darius’s death thing.

10,000 elite Immortals (and, according to Herodotus one MILLION other combatants, although feeding an army that large makes later historians roll their eyes and discount Herodotus’ estimate, so let’s just put it down to A LOT of other combatants) invaded Greece. The rules are simple, with each line the first word is monosyllabic the second word has two syllables the third three syllables and so on.
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But figuring out how to get the best from old Polaroid cameras (which have been gathering dust in attics for years) and new kinds of film (made by Impossible Project) is far from easy. The folding SX-70 type is a design classic—its elegant design inspired Steve Jobs—which means the cameras are now cult collectibles.
Impossible Project recommend letting it warm up for an hour before putting it in your camera.
Unlike original Polaroid film, the Impossible Project film needs to be kept in the dark for a few minutes after exposure. Trial and error will always be part of the charm of Polaroid shooting but these tips will surely be helpful to anyone getting into the game. Very reassuring to a new user to know that their first shots might not all work, I was devastated when some of mine didn’t and like Jenny, found it odd to turn the dial to dark when it was light and vice versa. The seller does say that it is in great condition but that they do not know if it works so it was a risky purchase and after reading your post it’s quite possible I will have to send it out for further servicing.
I’m wishing that there was a forum or I had other enthusiasts close by who could give me feedback as to what is happening when it goes wrong.
Luckily, I had several Polaroid experts on hand to give me advice, but now I have a place to come back to for reference! My shots tend to have a pattern in their resulting quality: the regular color of the photograph is interrupted by a lighter stripe in the middle.
What would be the best Polaroid and film to get for quicker development, I wanted it for my wedding guest book. First photo was cream with brown blob (after standing still for a few years maybe it just needed a start-up, second photo was fully cream coloured and nothing else.
Yes, Xerxes was Darius’s son by Atossa (daughter of Cyrus the Great) AFTER Darius became king. The Polaroid Team were at VFF in Columbia, Maryland shooting artists with the Polaroid 300 Instant Camera.
We’re giving away to ONE lucky reader a Polaroid 300 Instant Camera and 1 pack of Polaroid 300 Instant Film. After several false starts and much heartache, I feel I’m on track, with more than a little help from my friends Christy, Debra, Lindsey and Meghan. The chunkier 600 series cameras are easier to get hold of and are a good place to start your Polaroid adventure.
I was happy to find one that also came with accessories… tripod mount, self-timer, leather case and electronic flash. I’ve sought help from other sites, but no one seems to mention this malfunction…any ideas?
Photos after that were fine, not over exposed, good colouring, sharp and clear but …. Before Darius seized the throne, he had been married to a commoner and that eldest son, Artabazanes, was the result of that marriage.

Xerxes was not happy when Athenians fled before him (apparently, he had never heard the old Conan quote about “driving your enemies before you.” Either than or he was ticked he missed out on the “lamentation of the women”). These are the Polaroid pictures that they took (no, they didn’t use DSLRs, they just used the Polaroid 300 Instant Camera). After a few minutes I take a peek at the image, and after 10 minutes or so I transfer it to a box or an envelope where it can continue to develop in the dark.
Also, I find that Polaroid images are better if they are lit from the front (sun behind you).
So we’ll see when the Impossible Project film arrives whether or not I got a sweet deal. Check out this collage below of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros courtesy of Brad Klemmer.
It’s like a message to my former self, and I hope you will find it helpful if you are thinking of giving Polaroids a try. Here are the five tips I wish I had known at the start of my adventure with Polaroids! When we go on holiday I like to lay them out to make a gradually expanding collage, which I then shoot with a digital camera.
I bought an SX-70 from a seller in the US, which meant paying extra postage and customs duty, but it was unreliable and I’m now having it serviced by a dealer in London. And remember the film tends to work better between 15-25 degrees Celsius (55-77 degrees Fahrenheit) so in the winter months the colder film will tend to underdevelop. If you have a scanner you’ll want to scan your favourite Polaroids, both to share online in the short term and to preserve them for the long term. The issue gets cloudy—yes, Artabanus assassinated Xerxes (one account says he had help from a eunuch named Aspamitres). Impossible sells a cold clip  but the easiest solution is to use your body heat to warm up the freshly ejected image after exposure by tucking it into your armpit for a bit.
Artabanus tried to frame Xerxes’ eldest son, Darius, and then convinced another of Xerxes’ sons (Artaxerxes) to kill Darius.
To further complicate things, each of these three types of camera uses a different kind of film, so check that you have the right sort of film for your camera before you hit the buy button. You need PX-680 film to go with a 600 series camera, PX-70 with an SX-70 and PZ-600 film for a Spectra camera. Just to confuse matters, you can also use PX-680 in an SX-70 camera, but only if it has been fitted with a neutral-density filter. Bottom line, Artaxerxes ended up ruling, and that was only because a general (Megabyzus) switched sides in the dispute and supported him.
So if you are starting out, go for a 600-series camera that has been properly tested and buy PX-680 film. And remember that you can get the equivalent black-and-white films for each of the cameras too!

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