For some time I've really wanted to get a Polaroid instant camera. There's something so gratifying about hearing that click-whirr and seeing the picture form before your eyes.

I've also been itching to get back into the groove of taking pictures. I vowed that the next time I shoot with SLR would be on a digital Canon SLR (unfortunately this costs $$$$). The perfect transition camera until I get a digital SLR is obviously an outdated 1980s camera.

I got this camera for three main reasons:

  • There's a small photography project I've been itching to do, and it requires a Polaroid.
  • It teaches good composition skills
  • There's something inherently romantic about the Polaroids. These things were light-years ahead ... instant photography! In color! Plus just the instant gratification along with the "look" of each Polaroid... notice how when people want to create photogalleries online that look "retro," they use the framing for Polaroids:)

I rely too heavily on the rule of thirds; I think composing pictures in a square is a more difficult task which might teach me better composition. Plus there just seems to be too much of a reliance on "more expensive gadgetry" when it comes to photography. Hopefully I can brush up on my skills using this camera... and maybe I'll even get adventurous enough to buy the original SX-70.

Who knows. But I love this camera already. (too bad film is $30 for 20 prints!)

Pictures of my camera:

Closed camera

Opened camera

Remember, no matter WHAT Outkast tells you, Don't shake it, shake it, shake it like Polaroid pppeeecttttuuurree.

Currently listening to: DJ Format - We Know Something
Currently feeling: nostalgic
Posted by roy on March 23, 2005 at 12:31 PM in Photography | 4 Comments

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Comment posted on March 26th, 2005 at 11:36 PM
This one doesn't use TimeOut film, so I can't achieve the same effect yet (I've tried). But I'll probably get a SX-70 so I can buy some TimeOut film and try that trick out :D
Comment posted on March 25th, 2005 at 03:42 PM
I had a poloroid camera. The film is just too expensive and the pics didn't really turn out well. Too grey. Something about the developer in the film pac. I prefer my Pentax ME. In fact, I think I'll be buried with it when I die. :)
Comment posted on March 23rd, 2005 at 04:32 PM
That Polaroid is like a transformer! Are you sure it doesn't change into a car or a gun?
Comment posted on March 23rd, 2005 at 07:49 PM
i haven't found that button yet. i heard a rumor that there's a "total world domination" button somewhere... the world better pray i never find it!