Ok, so is it just me, or did you somehow get a photo-album, and then you just stared at its completely boring and blank pages with nothing in them? Well I’m not sure if you can relate to this type of situation, but I really did miss having some kind of ‘real’ photographs, instead of having them stored in my phone, and I usually don’t really have the time or patience to import all the photos from my phone into my laptop, make sure they are in the right format and with the right quality, and then print them. And then they came out! By saying they I mean the Fujifilm Instax mini 8. This is an instant camera, that takes instant photographs, which are exposed to the light, and therefore ‘print’ automatically (they don’t actually print the picture because they do not need ink to do this.)
This is the Instax mini 8, available in: black, white, light vanilla yellow, pastel blue, and pastel pink.
This is my Instax mini 8, which I bought in yellow. Ever since I bought it I’ve been delighted with it; it is weightless, easy to carry, and also looks pretty good as decoration 🙂 . Inside the box, you will find the camera, a strap so that it can be carried around, and some batteries. Then, you can buy the film, which usually comes in packets of 10, or sometimes 20. After opening the box with the film, take the film and put it in the back of the camera. Make sure that you do not open the back of the camera until you have used all the film, because otherwise, the film will be exposed to the light, and become useless. It is also very important that you read the instructions, which are pretty easy to follow, because I am just making a brief summary.
Here you can see the back of the camera and the packet of film. In the bottom right corner of the camera, there is a counter saying how many photos you have left, it might be a bit hard to see it in this picture though. There is also a viewfinder, but you shouldn’t always trust it, because it is not completely aligned with the lenses.
All you have to do to switch on the camera, is press the bottom next to the lenses. After doing this, the lenses will come out, ready to take the picture. On top of the lenses, you have different settings to make sure the lighting and exposure of your picture is the correct one. For example, there is a setting for indoors, sunny days, very sunny days, and cloudy days. Then all you have to do is press the shutter release button, which is kind of under the viewfinder. While doing this do not cover the flash, as I’ve tried this before to get darker pictures, but instead the picture just came out black. The flash always fires, it cannot be turned off. Then, and instant photo will come out of the top of the camera, and all you have to do is wait until it is exposed (which takes less than 5 minutes) 🙂 and that is pretty much it!
In this picture the camera is turned on. When it detects the light, it will flash on the exposure setting that it thinks would be the right one for your picture.
These are just four of my favourite pictures. I love the ‘vintage effect’ they have. However, don’t worry if all your pictures are hopeless at first (it took me a couple of films to get it right). All the photographs have a blank bit at the bottom for you to right something in it, such as the date or just a brief description.
You can also get the film to have a different outline, like with a cute little pattern, and many others, but personally, I like it nice and simple, in white. The reason I absolutely love this camera, is because you can use it for very special memories, and once again have them physically. You can also get it in a wide range of colours, and it allows you to take photos with that special ‘vintage touch’. I hope you enjoyed this post and it was useful inspiration 🙂 Please feel free to like and comment on my posts, and follow my blog (at the bottom of the page). Thanks!