Sunday, May 28, 2017

some polaroid camera stuff

I've been having a lot of fun so far this season shooting instant film, so I thought I'd share a little bit about the cameras I have, and how I use them. I own five vintage Polaroid cameras: three 600 type cameras, a 1000 box type land camera (pictured in the middle), and a Colorpack II land camera (not pictured). All of them were bought second hand, all for under $20 each.
This year I'm trying hard to get in the habit of taking a camera with me everywhere I go (and not just my phone camera), and having this goal has helped so much in getting me back into shooting instant film. Another thing helping me shoot my Polaroids more, believe it or not, is an old Vera Bradley backpack that I thrifted for about seven bucks (pictured down below). It perfectly fits two cameras, plus extra film, without being too full, and it's a bit padded so the cameras are somewhat protected. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but Polaroid cameras are so big and clunky, it is nice to have a way to transport them without having to fish them out of a large tote, or have them bang all over everything if I'm just carrying them around my neck. Anyways, the backpack has been such a help since I purchased it, and I know it's going to make traveling with multiple cameras so much easier!

I've already shot through multiple packs of film already this spring, and I'm hoping to amass a nice little collection of snaps by the end of the year. Shooting on vintage cameras is so much fun, and the instant film creates such dreamy photos. (You can purchase 600 and SX-70 film for vintage Polaroids from The Impossible Project!) Do you or have you ever shot on old instant cameras? Tell me about it!
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