In April I went on a business trip and brought along my brand new Instax Mini 8 pink camera and couldn’t wait to use it! I had seen a lot of bloggers, and instagramers using and raving about the Instax Mini 8 camera. So clearly I had to get one for my trip. Let me just say money well spent! My Mom and I had so much fun using and learning how to use my new/old camera. Isn’t it fun how everything old is now new again?
Not only is this camera fun and unique it also has it’s own learning curve. For the generation that didn’t grow up with polaroid cameras we’re at a disadvantage. With film costing $1 a pop learning how to not waste film becomes way more important. Unlike a digital camera, where you can snap 10 pictures and have 1 turn out. Film is different you don’t get a redo. I’m not going to lie I ruined a least a package or two of film learning how to adjust my setting for my Instax Mini 8 and how to snap a perfect polaroid.
Not wanting my fellow readers and friends to make the same naive mistakes I did here’s a few tips on how to rock you Instax Mini 8 photos!
Don’t Believe The Settings
On your Instax Mini 8 camera you have 5 settings. 1) a house, 2) a cloud, 3) a sun, 4) a bright sun, 5) and Hi-Ray. When you turn on the camera an orange light will flash where on what setting it suggests. Something I learned was make sure you’re pointing the camera directly at what you want to take a picture of and then view the suggested setting. This camera is highly sensitive to light, and even a different angle can affect the settings. Just because there’s a little house setting doesn’t mean that’s the best option for taking a photo inside.
Learn Where Your Focus Is
Unlike a digital camera the Instax Mini 8 has a focus that is slightly off. This is due to the fact that the lens isn’t lined up with viewer. Once you realize this all you need to do is simply adjust where you line up your lens for your photo! Easy fix!
Buy Extra Film
If you’re not a seasoned polaroid photographer you will for sure need to buy extra film. Don’t second guess this just do it! 1) you will either take some really bad photos first or 2) you will love this camera and have the desire to take photos non stop.
Practice Makes Perfect
Don’t sweat it! Practice makes perfect so don’t expect yourself to be a perfect right away. Take your time, have fun, and enjoy your new toy!
I’ve linked a few other favorite items for the Instax Mini 8 bellow that I have and love! Plus a cool printer where you can print photos from your phone on mini polaroid film! This is on my amazon wish list for sure!