Have you ever experienced blobs or marks on your Polaroid photos? Please see below for artifacts you may see on your photos and their cause.
After you've taken a Polaroid photo and it ejects from the camera, millions of chemical reactions are taking place to make your photo develop. During this time, it's important to shield it from bright light.
We recommend to tuck the developing photo into a pocket or bag to hide it from bright light. However, while doing so, if you bend, crease or squeeze your photo, you may end up with undesirable splotches, blobs, marks or distortions, as seen in the sample image on the left below. Inside the photo, the developer chemistry is wet, and still has not "set."
Also, remember, never shake a Polaroid photo while it develops! If you shake a Polaroid photo during development, you will likely get similar blobs and distortions along the bottom edge of the photo because the chemistry is being disturbed, as seen in the sample image on the right below.
When you tuck your photo away to protect it from light, whether it's in a book, a bag, or a pocket, make sure to keep it flat and don't shake it or squeeze it.
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