Polaroid Originals has just landed at OPUMO and we're loving it! The instant camera has taken many forms throughout history, but few have been as iconic as the Polaroid. While photography has come a long way since the early days of film, most cultural movements act like pendulums – if we swing too far in one direction, we’ll almost always come swinging right back. With shooting on film experiencing a resurgence in recent years, it’s never been a better time to get your hands on a Polaroid Originals camera. Although not as technical as an authentic film camera, the Polaroid uses this to its benefit, providing each of us with an easy solution to turning memories into something tangible.
It’s a simple process, but we’ve been experimenting in the office and it seems that it may not be as self-explanatory as first imagined. So, to make sure that we’re all on the same page and that nobody is missing the opportunity to snap that perfect moment, here’s a step-by-step guide to making your Polaroid Originals camera work.
1. Insert your film
It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised. Once you’ve got your film, whether you’re a colour film snapper or looking for a more old school black and white film effect, open up the back of your camera using the switch of the flap. Place your film cartridge in the slot, making sure that the dark side faces up and the metal pads face down.
2. Come to the dark slide
We had to make the joke, sorry. After loading your film, turn your camera on. If you’ve opted for the Polaroid 600 model, simply flick up the flash bar to wake it up. one black slide should be printed from your camera, don’t worry, you haven’t taken an accidental photo, it means that your new toy is ready for use!
We recommend taking a few shots to experiment with the camera’s exposure. There will be a slider on your OneStep that lets in more light or less light. Test this out before you head out for the day because you don’t want to ruin the shot when you’re in the moment.
Polaroid OriginalsWhite OneStep+ i-Type Camera£150
Polaroid OriginalsStranger Things Ltd Edition Upside Down OneStep 2 VF Camera£120
Polaroid OriginalsSummer Blue OneStep 2 Viewfinder i-Type Camera£120
Polaroid OriginalsGraphite OneStep 2 Viewfinder 1-Type Analogue Instant Camera£120
Polaroid OriginalsBlack 600 Square Camera£130
Polaroid OriginalsThe Everything Box Set inc. Summer Blue OneStep Plus Camera,Film & Photobox£180
Polaroid OriginalsThe Everything Box Set inc. White OneStep 2 VF Camera,Film & Photo Box£150
Polaroid OriginalsColour 600 Film£20
Polaroid OriginalsColour Film for i-Type Film£20
Polaroid OriginalsBlack & White i-Type Film£20
4. Shake it
In spite of what we were all told by Outkast, shaking your freshly taken photo is futile. Instead of agitating the film – which will accelerate its development – keep your photos away from light for as long as possible, regardless of the urge to watch it appear. Ideally, you’ll wait several minutes before taking your photos out of a pocket or dark place of your choice, though we recognise that this is unrealistic.
Polaroid Originals have revived the fun of instant photography. There is something undeniably exciting and rather addictive about snapping photos that are then ready to hold and pin on walls. Make sure you use your Polaroid as unwisely as possible, it’s all about having fun!
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