Going Polaroid

Back when I was in my early teens and owning a camera was a highly luxurious priviledge (and out of the question for me! *laugh*), I had my first taste in using my uncle’s polaroid camera and since then, I was always amazed at how an image can appear almost instantly the moment we took the shot. I couldn’t figure it out for years especially when I was from the era where World Wide Web and internet are non-existent.

Only years later I got to know how the camera works. My interest in polaroid did not wane and in fact it grew over the years. It was only last couple of years I started a small collection of polaroid cameras, which I secured through eBay. They are safely stored in my dry box, which is going to “explode” because my collection of cameras grew and grew over the years! *laugh*

One of my favorite cameras I’ve acquired over the years, the Lomo LC-A+ had been taken out from my dry box and I finally managed to install the polaroid instant back onto the camera body. The camere came with an easy step-by-step instructions on how to detach the camera original back and to attach the polaroid instant back.

And so after some 10 minutes later, my Lomo LC-A+ was fitted with the instant back and ready to be used. I popped in my Fujifilm Instax Mini film and started snapping around, grabbing my boy Ethan and my 2 girls as my subject. *laugh*

Here’s how they turned out.

I love the lomo effect from the Lomo LC-A+ on the polaroid, lots of vignette around the images where the edges were shaded off gradually. Cool.

Looks like I’m going to be playing a lot with this one!:D

And then I took out my piano black Instax Mini 50S to play too and again, my boy and the girls became my subject of fun time.:D

The images came out cleaner (w/o vignette) and I love them equally the same as the ones I took with my Lomo LC-A+. The only issue with the Instax Mini 50S is that the flash is always turned on and cannot be switch off. So, the result of the image can be harsh. I read a tip from somewhere that to reduce harshness of the flash light in low-light condition, cover the flash with a semi transparent masking tape. I’m going to try it some day.

The other thing you need to take note is that if you’re going to take a close up shot, the proximity of the subject has to be at least 30cm. Anything beyond that your images will be blurred. I’ve had some trial and error on this and I’m still getting to know the camera.

Last weekend I made a trip down to Kinokuniya bookstore with my family and we walked out of the place with 5 bags of books for the 3 of us! Yes, all of us love to read so we don’t mind indulging ourselves with our favorite books. And here are what I got for myself, books about polaroids and photography.

I was looking for the Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids and I found it. I’m just so glad I bought it. I brought it everywhere I go the past few days and so far, it was a good read with great details on polaroids. If you’re into polaroid, I would highly recommend this book.:D

As for the other two books, I chanced upon them when I was looking for Instant Love, took a peep at the content and love them as well. So I just grabbed these three books and brought them home with me. I sure am a happy girl!

I’ve also printed some of my Instagram pictures over the weekend, which I haven’t done so for the longest time. I’ve really missed my Pixma printer and I’m so glad I get to use it again. *updated* I made a collage of my IG photos using Photoshop on an A4 size canvas, saved as jpg, print and cut them up. And they’re ready to go into my Project Life protectors. I’ve many more pictures to print in the next few weeks. I know I’ve been way behind my Project Life update, God knows how many months, but I still do intend to continue it progressively.:D

Speaking of which, I’ve had this lady posted a comment last week on one of my posts and here’s what she said,

Hi, can you share with the readers your process on project life, in other words where do you start, how do you do the cameo silhouettes, or what usually is called your work flow, in how you work in project life from a point of views of tools, and embellishments, cards etc thank you so much if you like to entertain these topics.
Ann

Hey Ann, all of my Project Life posts, right from my process, work flow, all the materials I used etc are all located on the menu bar (mustard yellow banner just below my blog header) labelled Project Life HERE. I wrote all about my process right from when I started Project Life this January 1012. I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for in my posts.

However, how I work in my Project Life may differ from every other individual, my process works for me really well but it may not work for others. They are just my experience when I first started Project Life, it serve as a basic start up for newbies like myself and how it helped me progress over the months. Unfortunately, I have put my Project Life on hold for many months but I do intend to continue in due time, no matter how long it’ll take me.

Before I call it a night, I’d like to share a few vintage cameras I’ve acquired recently. I bought these all four pieces of Kodak Instamatic cameras from Etsy for just $22! It was a fab deal and they’re great addition to my growing collection of vintage cameras. I haven’t test any of the cameras yet, so I’m not sure if they work.  :D

It’s going to be Friday tomorrow, one more day before the weekend starts again! Yay!

Thanks again for popping by and hope to catch up on my blogging soon!:D

  • Madey LimSeptember 7, 2012 - 11:38 am

    Hi dear! That’s a great deal for all the 4 cameras you bought! I wonder if it works…

    Anyway, do you print all your instagram on a pc of A4 photo paper and cut it up afterwards?

  • FindingnanaSeptember 7, 2012 - 2:11 pm

    Hi Madey,
    I’ve updated my post on my IG prints. Hope it helps! :)
    Leena

  • VeraSeptember 7, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    I also have the 50smini and I just remembered how I haven’t played around with it as much as I would really want to. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  • Madey limSeptember 11, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the updates! They were great tips!

  • libbywilkoSeptember 11, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Would you recommend the instax mini Leena? I’ve been thinking of buying one.

  • FindingnanaSeptember 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Hey Libby,
    Yes, I would recommend the Instax Mini if you don’t have a polaroid camera yet. It’s a very fun camera to play with, if you don’t mind that the flash couldn’t be turned off, the camera takes wonderful pictures especially outdoor. :)
    Love,
    Leena

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