Tonight is the night when Instagramers worldwide meet each other in their own cities - Worldwide Instameets. We Hong Kong Instagramers had such a great fun, also witnessing both the Impossible analog Instant photography and the Incredible digital Instagramography at work. Interesting profiles too: CNN editor, CNN producer, philosophy professor, artist, Boo from Monster Inc and a stationery buyer.
We all love the convenience and beautiful pictures Instagram brought to us, but an interesting phenomenon happened when I pulled out my Polaroid SLR690 and the newly launched Impossible Project PX 600 B&W black frame films - Instant excitement! Really, you had no idea.
The epiphany was that even though digital instant photo sharing gives you broader audience and creates new friendships at unprecedented rate, having a real instant photo in your hands and meeting new friends in person is a totally different if not heightened emotional experience. You've got to give more thoughts on this coz we are now so used to exist in a world without our bodies, what is real can become so blur you forget how it feels. Well at least I'm talking about how I almost forgot how it feels when a Polaroid film flew out from the camera, that was just about a year of losing touch of a real usable film.
Back to the Impossible film which I have some tips to share:
- Although this "PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ BLACK FRAME" uses new chemical material, I think the photo still needs to be shielded from light for about 4 minutes right after exposure.
- If you are shooting indoor with artificial light, using flash is a must. I recommend turning the exposure adjustment dial to full white, meaning more lights to be entered to the film, for better black and white contrast.
- Same goes for outdoor cloudy or under shade conditions, turn flash on and adjust exposure to as bright as possible, you won't regret it.
- When it is indoor and you use flash, expect the background objects to disappear into the back in black.
- When it is indoor and you don't use flash, you can see more background objects or scenes but a tripod is a must.
Hope this helps, it is a great film, the best ever made by The Impossible Project, enjoy!