Changing the way you take your pictures can drastically change the way your photo looks, and the perspective of your photos plays a huge part in this. When you take pictures of a person looking directly to the lens, it can create a connection between the viewer and the subject of the photo.
If you’re taking a picture of two people, you can have them look at each other in order to establish the theme of your picture. The kind of camera you use doesn’t matter all the time, unless you rely on it to make a living. StartLocal is an Australian business directory that has many photography courses listed Australia wide. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. 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. When nicely balanced, design elements can take you hand in hand to a journey through the image.
When it’s time for a passport or visa photo, many people think a professional photographer will get the best results. If you think you are not capable of taking good pictures, you may have considered taking photography courses. Instead of shooting photos at eye level, try shooting from the hip for a change (although this can create a little bit of problem when establishing the setup of your photograph). Changing the lighting of a photo can improve it to a huge extent, creating artistic, otherworldly, or even remotely unusual effects.
The bright strobe lighting illuminated the models to the level of sunlight, eliminating any and all shadows created by the models’ silhouettes against the sun.
You can start experimenting with natural lighting from indoor and outdoor lights, but when you’re ready to learn more about the more technical aspects, you can take photography courses in Melbourne, or wherever you may be based in, to improve your skills in manipulating light to your advantage. To take good pictures, one of the more important aspects you need to learn is to properly create a focus for each photo. In this sense, being out of focus is actually a method of focusing and is a completely acceptable practice in some circles.
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? Instead of spending a lot of time and money at a photographer or settling for drug store or photo booth pictures, did you know you can take your own picture at home? Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney residents have a lot of options to choose from when they want to learn photography from a professional, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money just to improve the way you take photos. These basics will become the foundation of your future in photography, even if you decide to turn the hobby into a profession once you improve your skills. If the subject is looking at a vase, for example, it can draw attention to the vase, leading the viewer to ask what it is about the vase you should focus on. This was taken late in the afternoon, so there was plenty of natural lighting to make it a decent enough photo. Of course, there was a little bit of tweaking done with the camera’s white balance settings, but the basic idea here was that proper, strategic lighting helped in making an otherwise normal photo breathtaking.
Sometimes, creating a blur effect naturally by decreasing the shutter speed of your camera (something that you can’t do with traditional point and shoots, unfortunately) can actually end up emphasizing the subject of the photo. Patience really goes a long way and the lack of it can be the cause of horrible looking photos. 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. There are many ways to get a passport photo: you can go to a professional photo studio or retail store, or you can do it yourself at a photo booth.


Then there are retail photo finishing stores and drugstores that will take your photo for you. But the photographer went the extra mile and secured several strobe flash units and placed them strategically behind the models.
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 ….
But did you know you can also generate your passport photo online, from the comfort of your home? 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. If you hastily take pictures, you may end up wasting the opportunity to take an otherwise decent shot.
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. 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. 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.
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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