At the end of last year I decided that I wanted to do something else with my photography. I had been shooting digital since the very first digital cameras, and had been shooting film on and off since the 1970s. I wanted a new experience, and so after much thought I decided on going with the instant film route!
(Above image: My Fujifilm family!)
Why did I go Instant Film?
Initially I just wanted to tread the water so hunted high and low for a reasonable Fujifilm Instax camera and after seeing many recommendations I purchased the Instax Mini 70. I know I haven’t shown many images, but I have taken almost 100 images with that camera so far, and at £1 per frame, that’s a lot of money. But there is something about the images. A nostalgic feeling, from the time you press the shutter button, right through to the final image.
That feeling cannot be replicated by any other means. You press that shutter having composed your shot, the film pops out, and right in front of your eyes the film develops. The images are quite unique on the Instax Mini 70, a small format with limited dynamic range and easily blown out highlights, but they are perfect in every way.
My new camera
And so, having absolutely loved my experience with the Mini 70, and wanting more and bigger I researched hard about which square format instant camera to go for. I wanted to stay with Fujifilm, I wanted to start fully analogue, but the camera that was always recommend was hard to come by at a reasonable price. And so, eventually on eBay I managed to pick up a Fujifilm SQ6. According to all reports, one of the best Fujifilm Instax cameras.
I would have square images, which really takes the nostalgia volume up higher than ever before, plus higher dynamic range, plus as a bonus, the film is roughly the same price! On top of this I also have a few more features such as flash suppression (missing from the Mini 70), double exposures (missing from the Mini 70), more exposure control than the Mini 70 plus everything I love about the Mini 70.
As you can see from the photograph, it’s a nice looking camera, and being only slightly bigger than the Mini 70, it’s not much more to carry around. I’m looking forward to taking them out with me!
Where can you see me Instax images?
Although I’ve not shown them much on my website (although that might change), a lot of my Instax photographs are shown on my personal Facebook, the Worldwide Instax Facebook page, my Fujifilm Lovers Worldwide Facebook group and also on Instagram.
Here are my first four test images from my new Instax SQ6. I was testing different conditions and functions. Top left is indoor with flash (my wife), top right is double exposure (eldest son), bottom left is direct sunlight (youngest son) and bottom right is in the shade (me):
And here are examples of my Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 which I have been using since January. This is from a daytrip to the nearby coastal town of Porthcawl.
And so my adventure in instant film continues, and although I have showcased just family photographs here, I plan to use them much more for other things. It’s just so much fun!