It’s now been over a year since I’ve got my polaroid and only recently I realised that I don’t use it as much as I should. So recently I’ve been trying to use it more often and get much more accustomed to the way it works. I have the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 in pink, which first of all looks so cute and aesthetic as a prop in the background of pictures or just on a shelf in your room (haha!) because the pink is a matte pastel !! This camera is just a simple point and shoot which takes pictures and then develops them for you instantly. I’m in no way an expert and I’m still learning myself, but I just thought I’d share with you some tip and tricks I’ve learnt about this camera.
To keep your camera safe and reduce your chances of breaking it I suggest investing in a camera case. Mine came in a little gift set with some other things, but you can buy them separately. The camera case I have came with straps so you can wear it as a shoulder bag when you go out, which is super handy. The set also came with a photo album which is where I store all my old pictures and fails; and a selfie lens which I haven’t actually used yet personally as I don’t really take selfies, but I’ve been in pictures where other people have and no ones been cropped out !! One thing I would say about it is the distorted mirror which can be abit of putting. Whilst searching the name of this item, I also read that it can be used for close-ups to help the camera focus. Now I really want to try this product out properly !!
Don’t worry too much about the price of the film. NGL, but the price of the film for this camera is hella expensive. This is actually something that I actually still struggle with and need to get in my head. Obviously don’t go taking loads of random pictures just because you can; But if you want to take a picture just take it !! Take pictures because you enjoy it and want to save and keep a memory through the use a picture and it’s sentimental and will look cute on your wall. Just don’t worry too much about the cost!
Out of all of the things I’ve told you so far this is the most important !! If you only take one thing from this post, it must be this !! I can’t tell you how important it is to set the light settings. If you don’t your pictures will either be too dark and you can’t see anything or too bright and everybody looks like ghosts. The camera recommends the setting for you and all you have to do is turn the little wheel to the one that’s lighting up. Just don’t forget that like I have a few times.
Don’t be too disappointed if a picture doesn’t turn out how you wanted it because it’s film there are much more chances of there being a mistake. One of the first pictures I took I waited a few seconds for it to develop and then threw it in my bag. Later when I got it out one half of the picture had a massive purple and yellow splodge. Looking back on it I actually think it looks quite creative and art, which is something you wouldn’t get with a normal camera. Not all pictures are going to be as saturated as you wish, so don’t give up on it.