Sometimes, instant gratification just trumps everything else. But instant photos are normally limited in terms of creativity, since their primary function lies in a one-dimensional plane. I discovered how to up the ante with my Fuji Instax Minii 7s, and mix things up with our favorite technique -- Multiple Exposures!
Back in the day of Polaroid’s reign over instant photography, there were a larger range of instant cameras available. Some of them even had a multiple exposure capability, and photographers used them to “pre-shoot” and test out their subjects before using their usual camera. Nowadays, we all know that Fuji’s Instax creations are pretty much the ringleaders in terms of instant photography. Sometimes it saddens me to think about the depleting age of Polaroid, and I’ve always wanted to take part of the Impossible Project. But in the now, here’s the how:
1. With the back door open, take your first photo.
2. Tip the film cartridge backwards, so that the camera’s mechanisms can’t eject the film.
3. Don’t tip the cartridge ALL the way out, or the film will be exposed to light and turn white.
4. Push the cartridge back in, and shoot your second photo. Voila!
Some things to keep in mind:
1. The flash — set it to a lower setting so your photo doesn’t get washed out.
2. Mix it up using black electrical tape as a splitzer, or make filters for your flash! Since the flash is permanent, might as well take advantage of it.
3. Don’t tip the cartridge out of the camera body, just enough to avoid the ejection of the film.
1. Play around with your cameras. The Fuji Instax is not supposed to be able to do MX, but with the will of the people, it now does! This is the spirit of Lomography, is it not? Take something, make it your own, and enjoy it.