Badly overexposed

Shield your fresh Instax prints from light!

Shield your fresh Instax prints from light!

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Badly overexposed

I’ve been enjoying using the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera I got recently. I am surprised by that — I thought it would be a junk camera, and the kind of thing that preteen girls would find to be fun as they make photos of each other on the school playground. But this camera is fun to use, and it’s easy to get a usable image. It is at the state of the instant-photography art today. That’s not to say it’s good, but that it’s as good as it gets.

One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that when you’re making photos in bright sunlight, you’d better shield the image immediately as it comes out of the camera. Even a couple seconds in the sun will wash the photo out, as the emulsion remains light sensitive for some time.

The image at left is of a climbing wall at a playground. In real life, this thing is deep indigo blue. It was in the light for maybe 15-20 seconds before I put it into my back pocket, and it ruined the image.

Polaroid films suffer from the same affliction.

I hope that Fujifilm and Polaroid figure out how to make it so their films are no longer light sensitive upon ejection.

I prefer the larger image size of Polaroid’s I-Type, 600, and SX-70 films. None of the Instax films are as large. A print of the Mini film contains less than half the surface area of a print of I-Type film. I also prefer my cameras to default to square or landscape form factors. It’s not hard to just turn the Mini sideways to get a landscape image, but it’s not the way the camera is intended to be used. Other than that, this Mini camera is so pleasant to use, and I can easily get consistently decent images from it. That’s enough for me: it’s my go-to instant camera now. Review forthcoming.

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Hi, I’m Steven, a Florida native, who left my career in corporate wealth management six years ago to embark on a summer of soul searching that would change the course of my life forever.

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