5 Tips and Tricks on Taking the Best Polaroids

January 11, 2016 — by Griffin Thall



5 Tips and Tricks on Taking the Best Polaroids

January 11, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

Polaroids are back in style. They were a must have on everyones Christmas list, and if you already have one…you probably hoped good ol’ Santa Claus would put some film in your stocking 😉

Here at Pura Vida, we love capturing moments. Polaroids are perfect to capture a moment in a creative way, then you can instantly enjoy it in your hands right after the picture was taken. There are also some pretty cool ways to display your new film too.
Check out another one of our blog posts on ‘How to create a wired wall hanger’ to display photos: (just replace prints with your polaroid prints)

Best Tips and Tricks we have found to be helpful:

1) Don’t “Shake it like a Polaroid picture”

The Phrase “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” should only be applied to dancing, not actually shaking the film once it comes out. You should never wave your film to get it to dry quicker. Newer instax mini cameras, film takes about 5 minutes to dry and process.

2) Practice Makes Perfect:

Practice. Practice. Practice. Expect to have a few duds in your mix, but its all apart of learning your camera, and what works best for you. If this camera is new to you, it will take some getting used to. Film isn’t cheap, but worth it to maybe waste a few, just for the sake of practice.

3) Take your time setting up your shot.

Often, people naturally rush, and if your subjects are people, take your time making sure their hair is just right, eyes stay open, count them down and give them a warning. You have one shot, taking your time is key to setting up your perfect shot.

4) Good lighting

If you are shooting with the mini instax camera, you might not have as much control since shutter speed and flash is automatic. Shooting outdoors with good lighting conditions will help improve the quality of your shot.



Getting cool shots and taking your camera out to explore with friends, creating moments, is the best part! The best part of shooting is enjoying the process, the outcome, and creating new memories!

Photos by: @arielraee

Comment below what your favorite memories are to capture! 

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