Tutorial // Beginners Guide To Polaroid Part 1 & 2

Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter posted a great article by Phil Shen all about Polaroid cameras, its a great read so we wished to share it here in part for everyone at WECC. Tyler is in the middle of writing an article on 2 Polaroid camera acquired for a book project he is working on. So until we get our article posted enjoy.

Part 1

Phil Shen

Phil Shen

Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid: Part I (Integral) by Phil Shen


Phil Shen recently contacted JCH about contributing to the site. And when I asked him what he wanted to share, it was a guide to Polaroid cameras. Well, that is something that I want to read, and I hope you do too.


You saw some cool Polaroid photos online and you’re wondering how to start experimenting with the magic of instant film. I got hooked when I saw some amazing raw portraits being taken with Polaroid cameras. Here, I’ll break down the quickest and simplest ways to start making your own analog keepsakes.

The Polaroid cameras that are still useable today are divided into two categories: the integral route or the peel-apart route. First, I’ll focus on the integral route, because that’s most people’s gateway to Polaroid addiction.

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Part 2

Phil Shen via www.japancamerahunter.com

Phil Shen via www.japancamerahunter.com

Beginner’s Guide to Polaroid: Part II (Peel-Apart Film) by Phil Shen
Phil is back with part two of this fantastic guide into the world of polaroid. Come and learn a bit more about peel apart film.

Peel-apart, or pack, film is actually a chronological step back from integral in the Polaroid film lineage. Using peel-apart film is a bit fussier than using integral — after pulling your picture from the camera and waiting for it to develop, you peel the paper off the print — but the format is absolutely worth it for the results you get. Sometimes integral film can be pegged as lo-fi, but with peel-apart film, you can get high-quality prints instantly. There’s still something magical about a print that’s produced through real-world light and chemical processes.

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Phil’s Website: http://kptwo.com 

Edited by Spencer Foxworth: https://twitter.com/spencerfoxworth