How To Take Awesome Instant Portraits

Reason #2654 why instant cameras are the coolest thing since sliced artisanal bread: portraits, baby!

Keep these tricks up your sleeve next time you’re photographing your friend/nanna/cat/batman figure to give your portraits a bit of POW!

Embrace instant and give your digital camera a rest, like, this instant.

Learn How To Take Awesome Instant Portraits

WHY IT’S COOL

Your portraits can not only be enjoyed instantly, they’ll have some serious attitude.

IDEA 1: EXPOSE LOOOOOOONGER

beforeLong exposures are really fun to play with. You can paint with light, or capture movement. Or both.

Ask your subject to wave fairy lights in front of their face while keeping the shutter open to capture it all.

 

IDEA 2: BLUR, YES SIR

beforeFor a surreal look, throw out all the rules and set the focus to short distance when photographing from a long distance, or visa versa.

Because sometimes a hint at something is better than the real thing.

 

IDEA 3: EMBELLISH

beforeGive your portraits a personal touch and another dimension by painting over it with nail polish or glitter glue.

Who says more isn’t more?
 
 
 

IDEA 4: DOUBLE UP

beforeGive your portraits some texture by turning on your camera’s multiple exposure function, and take a photo of a pattern (graffiti, flowers or even wallpaper work really well) before taking a photo of your subject.

This technique takes a lot of experimentation and always give an interesting result!

GRAB YOURSELF AN INSTANT CAM!

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Instax 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera

The wiser, more distinguished sibling of the classic Instax Mini Cam, this sexy beast let’s you play with double exposures, long exposures, adjustable shooting modes and wait for it…a self timer. SELF PORTRAITS OMG!

Instax Wide 300

Instax Mini too…mini for you? Go wide! This is your guy if you want all the features of the classic Instax Mini, but think your mug deserves a larger canvas.

I-1 Instant Camera

The I-1 Instant Camera uses I-type or 600 type film to bring back the Polaroid style we once loved. Get all the analogue fun of a point and shoot instant camera, with the added benefit of app integration! That’s right. You can use the I-1’s iOS app to take full manual control of the aperture and shutter speed, trigger the shutter remotely or get creative with double exposures, light painting mode and more.

TAKING IT FURTHER

 

  • Chances are that you will end up with a couple of dud shots but be sure to hang on to them. Just cut out the photos with a craft knife, leaving only the frame. Now hold it in front of your subject’s face for a meta touch.
  • Or what about putting an actual instant photo within another? Then again and again. How deep can you go?
  • Turn your camera upside down or tilt diagonally, get down low or shoot from right above.