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How to Take Great Polaroid Pictures

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How to Take Great Polaroid Pictures

Polaroid pictures are so much fun. They offer instant satisfaction, and they are perfect for parties, gatherings, and outings. They also have a terrific nostalgia factor. 

But one drawback of these cameras is that the pictures often come out looking distorted and the colors can look weird. So how do you get great-looking instant pics? Here are some suggestions. 

Get Enough Light

It’s important that your subject is well lit and not overexposed. If you are shooting on a particularly sunny day, a Polaroid may not be your best choice. It tends to produce orange-tinted images when there’s a lot of light. You may want to use your smartphone instead. 

If you are using a Polaroid when shooting on a day where there is low light, you may end up with a gray tint. A backlit subject will also cause photos to come out dark. 

Your best bet is to have the light source coming from the front or sides. You will also get the best results if you shoot on partly cloudy days. 

Consider the Location of the Viewfinder

Polaroids feature viewfinders that are half an inch away from the lens. This means that whatever you are looking at will be slight to the right. This makes it difficult to center the subject. 

For best results, place your subjects slightly off-center ensuring no one is too far from the right. This will keep everyone in the frame. 

Purchasing Polaroid Film

Polaroid film is available with different styles of borders. A white border will have a classic look, but you can also find a ‘Color Frames’ edition that has borders that feature every color of the rainbow. This can provide the perfect complement for your photos. 

It’s advisable to think of the color of the frame when taking your shots to achieve the perfect color coordination. 

Note that Polaroid film can be difficult to come by. Many stores that sell it will sell out quickly. Best Buy tends to be the most reliable Polaroid film retailer and you can also buy it online through Amazon and other virtual sellers. But if you go this route, you will need to wait for the film to be shipped to you. 

The film will also have a date on the box that tells you when the film was manufactured. Don’t worry, this is not the expiration date. Most film will last for one year. 

Polaroid also recommends that you store their film in the fridge. However, this can drain the film’s battery. You are best off keeping it in a cool dry place. 

Subjects

You can take Polaroids of anything you wish, but they are most fun when you use people as your subjects. Get nice and close for great-looking shots. 

Polaroid cameras are a lot of fun to use. The tips in this article will ensure they come out their best. Happy shooting!

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