Over the summer I bought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S camera because I wanted to have the option of shooting instant pictures and doing it on more of a budget. Instant film photography definitely isn't cheap but I figured this Fujifilm camera would be more economical than using my vintage Polaroid One Step Land Camera which takes rare PX-70 film (you can still buy it though from The Impossible Project). To go the vintage route, each picture would cost around $3. The Fujifilm option would cost me less than $1 per photo and I am even able to buy the film at my local Urban Outfitters (to eliminate shipping charges). As a newbie to instant photography I have been happy learning on my cheaper Instax Mini and being able to still get those immediate memories.
Does anyone have any experience with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S? What are your thoughts on it? It definitely took some getting used to on my part. After a few trials, you start to learn the lighting situations where it can work best. Being outside or in a place with a lot of light is usually a good thing especially if you are wanting that over-exposed, blown-out kind of picture (the flash automatically fires on this camera on every shot...I wish you could control it but oh well). The picture above is a good example of the quality when you're outside on a sunny day. The camera does have settings (indoor-dark, cloudy-shady, fine, and clear) but the differences between them can be miniscule depending on the lighting conditions.
Also this camera does not do well with close-ups. You probably want to be at least three feet away from the subject you are trying to capture or everything will be blurry. All the above pictures came out clear because they are landscape shots. The above picture on the right is a little dark but I was out of the direct sun and under a lot of shade cover. I should have tried another setting maybe. As you can see I am still learning the little idiosyncrasies of the Instax Mini and with more and more use I begin to learn which settings are right for which conditions. If you have experience with it, what are your tips and tricks?
I took these shots yesterday on a walk that Scout and I took at a local park. I had to get a picture of her too as we were leaving to complete my little collection from the trip. She was so, so excited to be walking somewhere new as is evident in her picture (crazy eyes!).
Instant pictures are really fun and I love the credit card size that the Fujifilm Instax takes. I have a bunch propped up and displayed around my room but it might be fun to make some sort of little journal or mini scrapbook for them too.
I'll be posting more tips and tricks about my experiences with the Instax Mini soon. I'm glad I got the camera since I love exploring new photography mediums and it is so nice to switch it up from digital occasionally. Enjoy the pictures and happy Thursday!
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