Okay, so these films are VERY LiGHT SENSiTiVE!! you absolutely need to shield the film from light AS SOON as it leaves the camera. here’s what i found out…
Cloudy&sunny: little light leaks won’t hurt the outcome of the photo. just make sure you develop away from any light source. even though it’s cloudy, there’ll be just enough sunlight to produce a clear picture. it might be a lil underexposed depending how cloudy it is.
Indoor lighting: at my church, the stage lights were so bright yet the final image was still blurry. i guess the lens of my SX-70 camera is different than my eye bc to me the room was really bright. you really have to use a tripod or a steady surface to prevent blurred images.
^ these images above were taking with a tripod or a steady surface ^
Really sunny..! like no clouds to provide shade at all: use a dark bag or something thereof to protect the film from the light. pretend the film is a vampire haha. im serious. if you let light touch it, the film will (not explode into ash..instead) be overexposed. Sorry, Simba but everything the light touches isn’t yours!
in this photo, it was really windy and I was unprepared to catch the film. as soon as it left the camera, it was blown onto the pavement and landed blue-side up [[ iN THE SUN!!! ]] for 3seconds. i ran screaming NOOOOOO!! my image is overexposed ):
» Here are the various ways I’ve tried to shield my film:
i was photographing my Mamiya C220 TLR camera the other day. I have the Original SX-70 which doesn’t have a tripod socket, so I used my square-ish trashcan as a mount for my camera. heremy case would serve as the “film protector.” depending on your camera, the exit slit on my camera is kind of broken (i peeled the wrong thing to re-skin my camera) and the film just falls out. so i put my case to catch it.
my camera mysteriously hesitated and i kinda of shook the camera to try and troubleshoot but it was a fail ):
this is outcome of the photo:
i’ve seen people use the box as a shield:
so i gave it a try at the beach. it was a sunny day and i shielded the pick as soon as it came out the camera. my bag was higher up the beach so i walked to my bag with the film still in the box but the photo came out as this:
i sought help from the Impossible customer service and they told me that since the box is white, most of the light was refracted inside the box. and that light, which seemed very minimal and harmless, overexposed my images.
that was when I decided to do this:
i went blue-tape-crazy over an envelop that had a little “give” to it to fit over the front of the camera. this method was very successful on a super sunny day without any clouds or hope of shade. this is how my image came out:
conclusion: it took me 2 and a half boxes of PX70 film to figure this out. i hope i’ve helped you so that you’d get perfect shots from your first pack!
you can always refer to the Impossible-Project website for more tips&tricks.
Long live instant film!! ♥
written by itsdebraanne on 2010-11-03