Does your picture looks overexposed, too bright or faint? If yes, the causes are multiple. Check what’s yours and learn how to avoid it.
photo Nigel Willox
The cause for a picture like the one in this example can be one of these:
- Not properly shielding your photo after ejection from the camera
- The camera’s lighten/darken slider being positioned too far towards lighten/white
- Shooting in low temperature conditions
- The subject being too close while shooting with flash
Here are some tips to avoid this issue:
Polaroid film is very sensitive to bright light during the first few minutes of development. It’s important to shield your photo from bright light immediately after it ejects from the camera and keep it in a dark place while it develops.
Full article: Shielding your photos from light
For the most part, you should leave your camera’s exposure compensation control positioned in the middle, to let your camera decide which exposure is best. If your photos consistently come out overexposed, you may want to push the exposure compensation control towards black/darken.
Full article: Lighten / Darken Control: how and when to use
Polaroid film works best between 55 – 82°F (13 – 28°C). Below this range (e.g. in colder weather) your images may come out overexposed.
Full article: How temperature affects Polaroid film.
When shooting a subject at close range with flash, always ensure that they are at least the minimum distance away from you. This distance differs between camera models, but at least 3 ft. (1 meter) is a good rule of thumb.
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