Instant photography has been around for a long time, and its heyday was in the 1970-80s when Polaroid cameras had its high point. Starting with the reduction in the cost of processing films and incrasing availability of digital cameras and smartphones, saw a steady decline in the decline of instant photography and polaroid’s fortunes, which lead to the its declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Nowadays, polaroid photography isn’t used by many orofessional photographersas much asdigital or other analog formats, but during its heday of the 1970S, such famous artist and photographers such as Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and David Hockney.
From artistic perspective, the main selling point of polaroid photpgraphy is its authentisity compared to other analog formats and especially over digital formats. Its best at capturing the spirit of the moment, untained by editting and manipulation. This makes it great for parties and other events to capture the moment for the party goers and guest.
Moreover, there is stylistic and aesthetic element to the use of polaroisd and instant films. The white border around a polaroid helps frames and photos, and provides a negative space for the photos. In addition, many typeos of polaroid and install films have their own special characteristics unique to that film, and you can get different results from using different cameras and films
Howeer, polaroid photography should be used by intermediate and advanced photpgraphers, largely because of the expense of the film. Beginners should try photography on other analog formats and digital, before focusing on polaroid photography. While, polaroid has stopped producing film in 2009, there are many companies have moved into producting instant film, in both color and black/white formats.
When choosing an instant camera, people have 4 options. You can either buy a original camera produced by Polaroid. A good model is the SX-70. It is the foldable polaroid camera. Its a single lens reflex camera, that offers better photo quality and control than your typical plastic polaroid camera.
Another option is to get a remake of polaroid camera such as the SX-70. One such maker is the Impossible Project which products black-white and color film for the polaroid, but produce a line of remakes of the original SX-70, which they have named the SX-70 Sonar. The SX-70 Sonarhas a autofocus system, and a uses automatic variable shutter speed and aperture setting, so the only function the photographer performs is focusing. With the automatic adjustments, the SX-70 truly becomes a camera to be used in and for the moment. The Impossible Project also has other Polaroid remakes.
Thirdly, the most popular options is the new line of cheap instant cameras produced by companies such as HP and Fujifilm. Fujifilm with its instax line has come up with cameras that range from US$50-150. Some of them use mini instax film but also the wide format as well. Some of the cameras also have digital capabilities. The only downside is that they are more for convenience, than the aesthetic of the older polaroid cameras or those produced by Impossible Project.
The last option is teh Diana F+ model produced by Lomopgraphy. It has the same stylistic qualities of the original polaroids, but with an attachment that allowed you to use and print photos using the relatively inexpensive mini-instax film fro Fujifilm. The Diana F+ offers more control and versatility than Polaroid’s SX-70; it offers four adjustable exposure modes corresponding to different lighting / weather conditions, two shutter speed modes (One for daytime / flash and one for indoors / night photography) as well as manual shutter speed function (however long you hold the shutter lever down is how long it stays open) as well as a shutter lock (So the shutter can stay open on its own use with a tripod), manual focus, and a pinhole function.
We have provided several options for instant camera, we hope you make a well informed choice