You may occasionally find that your photos are developing with the following characteristics:
- a blue / green color cast
- low saturation
- green patches
- slower than normal development time
If you happened to be shooting outdoors in very cold weather, that’s likely why. When a Polaroid photograph is developing, several sequential chemical reactions are occurring in a perfectly timed fashion. At least that's the idea. When our film is in an extremely warm or cold environment, the chemical reactions are no longer occurring exactly when they were intended to. At colder temperatures chemical reaction rates slow down considerably.
Note: In black and white film, cold weather often causes the image to be very faint and over-exposed.
Here are tips to avoid these issues:
- Shoot your film at room temperature: 13-28°C (55-82°F)
- In cold climate, keep your camera and photos cozy inside your jacket, as close to your body as possible in order to keep the film pack and camera at a warm, operational temperature.