one step polaroid

I just realized there was still film in one of my Polaroids! I don’t know what type of film or how old but I -think- its Impossible Duotone Yellow/Black from 2 years ago. Just shot two photos to test it, we’ll see in 45 mins if it works.

I should check these things more often, I wonder how many other cameras I have film in, especially my instants!


Project Retro Dayz: Polaroid Land camera

Something about photography is a relaxing and enjoyable Hobby to do on your off time. It’s really fun to do this kind of stuff because you learn more about the Art of Photography. But it’s also a fun project to do when your bored.

So for the past 2 months now, I’ve been doing a ton of research on Polaroid cameras. Cuz I’m getting back into photography. So I thought it would be fun to do some traditional photography work and Polaroid photography work as well. It was my first time taking photos with the Polaroid Land Camera, Cuz normally I take photos with my Polaroid SX-70 camera or one of those simple point-and-shoot Polaroid one-step cameras. 

(You can skip this whole paragraph and go to the next one if you want to. It just explains about the problems I went through to get the battery holder on to this camera)

Before I took any photos on the Polaroid Land camera I had to fix the battery pack first because the camera wouldn’t work without the battery. So about a week ago I had to go on Amazon to order a battery holder.  Three days later, it finally arrived at my mailbox. Then After a few days later I head on over to the retro gaming store in my local area to see if solder of the battery holder onto the camera. Because the old battery holder in the cameras was out was date and it fell apart over time. By the time I arrived at the shop the repairman wasn’t there. So I asked employee if the repairman is in the shop today. The employee reply with “Unfortunately he’s not here at the moment,  But catch him here around 5pm. He’ll be in the store by then.” I replied with “Ok, I’ll be here by 5pm.” After a couple hours later my buddy drove me back to the shop and the repair guy was finally there. So I had asked the repair guy if he can solder the battery pack onto the camera. As he looked at my camera he seemed a bit confused. He felt like he couldn’t solder of the battery on to my camera. So he told me that he couldn’t do it but his other buddy can. I asked him what time are day I can meet his buddy on. But he replied with “I don’t know but I think on Wednesday or Fridays around this time?" In my mind I was like "what the f**k?!?! I wanna to get this done." So I lied to the guy and told them I’ll be back on Wednesday. So my buddy and I went to a hamburger place to get something to eat and I looked up on my phone to find some electronic shop available around 5-9pm. The only places in my hometown that does electronic repairs are the cell phone shops in my area.I had no choice but to contact them. But on Yelp the are rated five stars.” So their service can’t be bad. So I contacted the repairman from that shop and ask them if they can solder the battery holder onto the camera. At first they’re confused about it but I had to explain full detail about what I want them to do and they finally understood.  And they we’re like “Yeah man, Bring the camera to our shop, Will take care of that." By the time I arrived at the shop, I gave them the camera and they looked at it. The repair guy seemed very confused about it and he was not sure it was impossible to solder the battery pack onto the camera. I told them it is possible to do that stuff because I saw videos about it on YouTube and he was like "okay, Yeah I’ll work on it tomorrow." He finally saw solder the battery holder onto the camera. So I paid him cash and head on over to the next door to buy the batteries for the camera. So I put the batteries in the camera and the camera actually worked. At that moment I was shocked but very happy that it worked. 

On Saturday Aug, 5th 2017 around 12pm. I tested my Polaroid Land Camera again to make sure it works properly. I had to clean the rollers on the camera to make sure it doesn’t leave any residue on the images. So I asked my mom if she can take fursuit pictures of me outside with the Polaroid Land Camera. She was cool taking pictures of me. So we went outside and I had to give her a very important instructions on how to operate the camera. Then she took the first pic of me with that camera. After waiting 120 seconds later. The image looks really dark. The image didn’t turn out well because it was too dark and I put the settings on 150 film speed. So I made some adjustments in the camera and I asked my mom to retake a photo of me again. The second image turned out dark. So I had to go online and do some research to figure out what film speed I should put the camera at. Then I had to make some adjustments on the camera setting again. But this time I set the film speed to 75. Then my mom took photo of me again but this time the photo turned out perfect. When I looked at the photo I was like "oh my God this is beautiful." I put all the photos and negatives onto a cardboard box for about 1 hour. Because I want the film to dry up. 

In all honestly it was really fun taking photos on a Polaroid Land Camera. Because the quality of the image look clear and beautiful compared to your standard One Step Polaroid camera. But what’s really interesting about a Polaroid Land Camera is, it’s one of those manual cameras. Basically it’s not like one of your simple automatic point-and-shoot cameras. It’s one of those cameras that you have to adjust the exposure and focus. So it’s manual. The focus image feature on the camera is so weird because you got double vision and you gotta line them up together to get a good image. You can do this from adjusting the camera switch or just stepping back. 

Was it totally worth it? Well the camera cost $20 The instant film cost. $26.21 the battery holder cost $7.09 Cuz I got 6 of them for emergency reasons. Getting the battery soldered onto the camera cost $30 at the repair shop. For the grand total of all this put together cost $83.03 Not bad but it still expensive. It was fun taking pictures with that camera. But it really sucks that Fujifilm stop producing FP-100C instant Color Films in production. Because in today’s society people are more for the digital stuff now. Which sucks because it ruins the hobby of those who enjoy Polaroid photography or traditional Photography in general. We live at a time where people want to get stuff done quickly and easily. We’re always in a hurry and want to get things done. When in reality they should slow down take their time and enjoy things we love. A lot of people don’t realize this but there’s a lot of meaning behind art and photography or any enjoyable hobby that you put so much time into. But I love to slow down, take my time and work on these projects just for fun.

It would be a broad statement to say nature inspires me, especially since I include mankind in the definition. I like to capture everything from the quiet solitude of the wilderness, to the noisy, yet sometimes equally isolating city streets. I enjoy portraits - the capturing of moods and the character of peoples’ faces. Photography to me is the expression of the person behind the camera. How they see their surroundings. I love discovering the wide variety of perspectives in the world.

I’ve been interested in photography from a young age (Polaroid One-Step), but just in the last few years have pursued it as something a little more than a hobby. I don’t believe I’ve found my overwhelming “unique style,” but continue to experiment with different light, settings, subjects, and equipment.

The winners of our Golden Hour Photography Contest have been announced!

In 5th Place and Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card is: Jrodadn

In 4th Place and Winner of the $50 Amazon Gift Card is: Jesper 

In 3rd Place and Winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card is: Samyraw

In 2nd Place and Winner of the Sonar One Step Polaroid Camera is: Freyjudagr

And the Winner of the Golden Hour Photo Contest and Max’s Yellow Camera is… Stacie with this amazing shot!

Congratulations to Stacie and all of our winners and thank you for submitting your photos! They were all such wonderful shots!