One of my favorite cameras to shoot is my Polaroid 210 Land Camera, because every time I bring it out, I’m met with the same response: “They still make film for that?” I love surprising people, and even more, I love getting them into shooting instant film. It not only gives you a gratifying, and somewhat nostalgic feeling, it’s also a guaranteed conversation starter.
Above photograph: Fujifilm FP-100C
Polaroid 210 Land Camera
In this new “gimme-now” society, we want, and sometimes need, instant gratification. Instant film definitely isn’t new technology, but it’s often overlooked. There are many cameras, both old and new, to choose from when shooting instant film, and most of them are very affordable and easy to use. The next time you think about adding a filter on Instagram to mimic an instant photo, think about how cool it would be to take a picture with a real Polaroid camera, and be able to hold a real instant photo in your hand.
Impossible Project, Silver Shade
A great place to start is with a Polaroid 600 camera. Since a lot of people think you can’t get film for these, you can grab them used, really cheap. A company called The Impossible Project picked up where Polaroid left off, and makes some great film for these old cameras. My personal favorite camera and instant film combination is a Polaroid Land Camera loaded with Fujifilm FP-100C Professional Instant Color Film. If you have a favorite instant camera or film, feel free to tell us about it in the comments.