Matt and I received the most AWESOME present before we left for France—a vintage Polaroid camera! (Thanks, Christina!)
We still have a lot to learn, but here are the tips and tricks we've picked up so far:
1. BE PATIENT. With polaroids, you only get one shot. Take your time, and frame your shot. Oh, and be on the look out for photobombers.
2. NATURAL LIGHT. AND LOTS OF IT. We learned very quickly that proper lighting is very important for a successful shot. Make sure your subject is well lit.
3. OUTKAST LIED TO US. You don't need to shake a polaroid picture, and according to polaroid, you shouldn't. The speed of film development depends on the temperature, and nothing to do with how frantically you wave it back and forth in the air.
4. DID I MENTION LIGHT? No joke people, it's important.
5. READ UP. If your camera comes with booklet, use it! Ours was chock full of important info on how focus the camera, develop the film and troubleshoot minor issues.
Have more tips? Send them my way!