How to Use the Fujifilm Instax

How to Use the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

After buying a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera, many start looking for articles on the Internet about how to take pictures with this Polaroid, which mode to choose, how to shoot outdoors and indoors, and why the photos turn out to be too dark or , conversely, too light.

From the experience of shooting with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and the analogous Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, I will say right away that, most likely, you will not find any special life hikes on how to use the camera. Also, do not reproach yourself for crooked hands and ignorance of photographic basics. You just need to accept the fact that modern fujifilm polaroids are quite limited in terms of shooting conditions and the ability to customize modes. But there are some simple tips on how to take a photo on Instax mini better and clearer:

1. Do not forget to change the mode based on the illuminated indicator light.

After you have turned on the camera by pressing the button next to the lens, the lamp next to the desired mode will light up. You need to twist the lens, aligning the dot on it with the burning light.

2. Do you always need to use the modes that the indicator light suggests?

Most often, yes. According to my experience of shooting outdoors, the optimal modes are “sunny” (bright sun) and “a little cloudy” (just the sun). In these modes, both the background and the subject are optimally lit. If the photo is too light, and you are shooting in the “cloudy” mode, switch it one step higher, that is, to the “dim sun” mode (just the sun), or move to a darker place.

In clear weather, and even more so in the sun, the photos are likely to be overexposed. Hide from direct sunlight under a tree, turn on the “bright sun” mode, try to keep the background dark too (not the sea and sky, but trees, a dark wall, dark clothes will also help). And if the photos are too dark, switch to a step lower, for example from “dim sun” mode to “bright sun” mode.

3. In the room, shoot only in the “house” mode, while the flash fires no further than 1.5-2 m.

Good for the photo you get 2-3 funny faces, no more. When taking a selfie, use a macro lens (the instax mini 9 comes with it, but you can also buy an additional lens in the form of a cat-rabbit-car for a fan) and extend your hand as far as possible from your face. Try to place the camera just above eye level so that there are no “flat faces”.  Selfie lovers know that if you lift the PTZ camera on your smartphone and shoot from above, you get a more natural self-portrait than if you shoot from below or directly in front of you. Unfortunately, the Instax Mini 8/9 lacks a timer and self-timer, which can be very handy when shooting group self-portraits. If you want to shoot yourself with a timer, consider the Instax Mini 70 or Instax Mini 90.

4. At night there is no point in taking pictures with Fujifilm Instax Mini 9.

Only waist-length portraits with flash. If you want to shoot night lights, illuminated buildings, and other elements of big city life, you should buy a Lomo’Instant camera and read a couple of articles on the basics of photography. The Lomo’Instant has manual exposure modes, a tripod connector and other features, but this is a little “for advanced”. Moreover, it has a wider opening, that is, in the dark, with certain skills, quite bearable photos can be obtained. What can not be said about fujifilm instax mini. Maybe try experimenting with the Fuji Instax 90 Neoclassic, which also has a manual exposure mode.

5. How to get sharp photos on Instax Mini?

Well, first of all, Instax photos won’t be as clear as photos on a smartphone. And this has a certain charm of film photography. The distance to the object, if you shoot without a lens, should be at least 60 cm (with a lens – 35 cm).

6. I want to shoot landscapes with Instax Mini 9.

No problem! Just flip the camera 90 degrees and take horizontal photos. In doing so, do not forget to adjust the brightness and avoid too light backgrounds that may be blown out.

7. Can I turn off the flash on my Instax Mini 9?

No you can not. But resourceful momentographers came up with black electrical tape to cover the flash. This is especially helpful if you are taking a photo in front of a mirror. The flash covered with electrical tape will not light you up and leave no glare on the glass. And peeling off the tape is as easy as shelling pears if you need the flash again.

8. How to take good pictures with Instax Mini 9 at home?

First, take photos only in very well-lit rooms. It is desirable that there is even daylight, natural light from the window. Because artificial lighting, which seems bright to our eyes, may not be enough for a film instant camera. If the room is poorly lit, use the HI-KEY mode to increase the exposure of the picture.

Just do not forget to remove this mode when you leave the house on the street – otherwise the photo on the street will turn out to be overexposed.

9. Can you take black and white photos with Instax Mini 9?

Recently, you can! Because there are special Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome cartridges. The photos are very cool and artistic.