Capturing Friends with the “Fuji Instax”


Fuji has introduced the “Fuji Instax” which takes instant pictures. This weekend I decided to try to capture some of my friends using the “Fuji Instax.” Here’s what I learned.

The Instax lacks many features that new digitals have, including focus and zoom options. Instead, it has 4 flash options and the button to press to take the picture. Because of the complete lack of options, the “Fuji Instax” isn’t for fiddling with until you get the best shot. Instead, just point the camera at your subject and press the button. Don’t worry if their eyes are closed or if they aren’t smiling. I was able to catch some excellent candid photos this weekend.

The harsh flash on the “Fuji Instax” does an excellent job of capturing colors. It works great for colorful scenery, floral dresses, or in this case, for catching the warm blue color of my friend Emily’s eyes.

Because the “Fuji Instax” doesn’t show a lot of detail, I like to use it to highlight one or two main props in the photo. In these pictures, the cat hat and the balloon really stand out.

Another good trick to use is to put your subject against a colorful background. The “Fuji Instax” will show the strong contrast between the foreground and the background of the photo. The color, as previously mentioned, will be highlighted as well.

So far, only color film is available for the “Fuji Instax,” but that doesn’t mean that you can’t alter your pictures and make them black and white on the computer. I think removing the color makes the photos more “artsy” looking and more vintage as well.

I had a great time taking pictures with my “Fuji Instax” this weekend. The downside to the camera is that film is pricey (about one dollar a picture) so I probably won’t be using this camera every weekend. Nevertheless, I was able to capture some great photos. The exposure makes the pictures bright in color but simplistic in nature. The “Fuji Instax” has a lot of potential, but I like it most for taking pictures that show the true nature of my friends, mostly because I can snap a photo when they least expect it.

written by kdm315 on 2011-04-16 in #gear #tipster


  1. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    I love my Fuji too! Wish film wasn't so expensive!

  2. kdm315
    kdm315 ·

    there's a wrong picture....

  3. esmee
    esmee ·

    I wish they made black and white instax film, so fuji if you read this!

  4. hidings
    hidings ·

    Second! I would absolutely love black and white instax film!

  5. cheese
    cheese ·

    I think instax is best suited to taking pictures of friends and families; the personal stuff. Great read :)

  6. ryuhei
    ryuhei ·

    slide film can be £9 a roll sometimes, and then you have development costs, so really instax is cheaper :)

  7. ryuhei
    ryuhei ·

    i just wish the impossible project made instax mini, their polaroid film is so beautiful!

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