To celebrate our new collaboration with Polaroid, the film experts share a few insider tips for capturing your outdoor memories with the Polaroid 600 Instant Camera this summer.
As the days of sunshine get longer, we feel the call of the wide open road and the excitement of getting out into the world. From exploring our favorite local park, a weekend getaway with friends, or embarking on an epic multi-destination road trip—the only thing we love more than the journey of being in the present is the fun of documenting our summer memories along the way.
To help fuel this spirit of exploration and creativity, we are bringing along our favorite gear: our Teva x Polaroid sandals (our Original Universal that’s up for anything and Midform Universal when we’re feeling extra), our Teva x Polaroid 600 instant camera—made entirely from original Polaroid camera electronics that have been professionally refurbished and tested—and a custom Teva x Polaroid camera strap also made with REPREVE® recycled yarn.
The heritage styles from Teva and Polaroid mixed with the nostalgic vibes create a backdrop for the ultimate adventure with the goal to make memories—and capture them instantly. Film is a special medium that takes a little extra care but is super easy to start.
To create memories that last, here are some of our favorite tips when using the Teva x Polaroid 600 instant camera:
1. Watch the weather: Summertime is one of the best moments for Polaroid film: long days with warm natural sunlight and sun-drenched afternoons—there’s nothing better! With one arm out the window and our worries way in the rear-view mirror, it can be easy to forget that Polaroid film is a bit more sensitive to heat than we are. When Polaroid pictures develop, the chemical reactions work best between 55-82°F. Once you go outside this range, you might notice some photo characteristics you don’t expect! That’s why we always store our film and develop photos in a cool place – you could even use your beach cooler! Just make sure everything stays dry – drinks and film aren’t a good match.
2. Lighting is everything: You know what they say, “location, location, location.” Well at Polaroid, we say “lighting, lighting, lighting.” Whether it’s the first morning light or afternoon golden hour, lighting sets the mood for our lives (and our photos). Whenever you feel the vibes, it’s time to point and shoot. Make sure the subject you’re shooting is well lit, and for the most flattering effect, position yourself so you’re not shooting into the light, like the bright sun. If inspiration hits when the lighting is bad, don’t worry, your Polaroid 600 is equipped with automatic flash.
3. We all come with a little baggage: Believe it or not, the X-ray machines at airport security can mess with your film! Newer scanners use a higher dose of radiation which makes photographs come out in a pinkish hue with a washed-out, foggy look throughout the photo. That’s why we recommend keeping your Polaroid film in your carry-on and ask that it be hand-checked by security! Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet a fellow photographer along the way.
4. PYP: Protect Your Polaroid: Like we said, lighting can make or break a good photo when shooting – but we didn’t talk about what comes after! Polaroid film is sensitive to light even after it has been ejected from the camera. In these first few moments of your Polaroid photo’s life, we recommend keeping your fresh photo face down on a table, inside a pocket, inside an empty film box, or even tucked under your arm when it’s cold outside! When you let your photo develop with more time, you will get deeper saturation, sharper details, and your final Polaroid photo won’t be washed out.
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