Instax Photo Collage Optical Illusion


Have you ever accidentally pressed the eject button on your instant-back adapter before taking a photo? If so, you have likely been crushed thinking about what an incredible waste it is to have to discard these instant “blanks”. Well you no longer have to let them go to waste. You can re-purpose these blanks to create cool photo collages.

Credits: mafiosa

Be sure to hold on to any “waste” or “blank” Instax film, as there are many possible uses for them in the future. I recently realized that I had a very large stack of blanks and wanted to do something creative with them. One of the best things about these blanks is that they are black and white, so I decided to apply the principle of using dark space to optimize double exposures.

Here is what I did:

I took my stack of Instax blanks…

and spread them out in a random pattern on top of a black background:

Next, I loaded some film into my camera, and captured this image on each frame. I altered the angle and distance for each shot so that they would all be slightly different. Then I rewound the film, reloaded it, and shot various images (i.e. portraits, landscapes, randoms, etc.). The results are almost exactly what I pictured in my head when I came up with this idea.

It’s a photo-collage without actually being a collage.

Credits: mafiosa

I hope you enjoy and experiment with this. I know I will certainly be repeating this technique, and hopefully building on it. <3

written by mafiosa on 2013-02-26 #gear #tutorials #art #film #tutorial #analogue-photography #photographer #films #tipster #instant-photography #multiple-exposures #analogue-cameras #color-negatives #color-slides


  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Cool save!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Very nice idea to use the waste instants.....^..^ Cool results and thanks for sharing...^..^

  3. boredslacker
    boredslacker ·

    Fantastic technique! Will definitely try this on my blanks!

  4. nubesdecolores
    nubesdecolores ·

    I love it!!

  5. legfreak
    legfreak ·

    a very good idea, and results are coming out quite good

  6. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    awesome idea, it's simple and effective!

  7. 134340
    134340 ·

    really cool tipster!! <3 <3

  8. istionojr
    istionojr ·

    very interesting tipster! do you shot the blank instax with or without flash?

  9. adamo-75
    adamo-75 ·

    Supercool idea!!

  10. mapix
    mapix ·

    really nice idea, thanks!

  11. mont0417
    mont0417 ·

    you are so creative ^^

  12. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    Awesome! I love the idea.

  13. mafiosa
  14. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    thank you @lomographytaiwan for translating this tipster <3

  15. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Thank you very much @viihm @zoloto @xaviru @triky76 @bkspicture @missbug for liking this tipster. And thank you @shanti929 for translating it :)

  16. viihm
    viihm ·

    @Mafiosa No problem :)

  17. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Thank you @imoomi @littlekoala @deprofundis @susielomovitz @guztanova and @nubesdecolores for liking this tipster :)

  18. bluemie5
    bluemie5 ·

    love it!

  19. imoomi
    imoomi ·


  20. phoenix1206
    phoenix1206 ·

    That's so cool!

  21. jeabzz
    jeabzz ·

    brilliant idea!

  22. maria_vlachou
    maria_vlachou ·


  23. tamsoam
    tamsoam ·

    Nice!!!! Ive got some blanks too.........

  24. freelancer
    freelancer ·

    Cool trick! And you know what´s cool too! You can turn around "impossible project" insatnts for polaroid and do teh same magic.... with properly exposed polaroids. Use them twice in creative way. Thank you @mafiosa

  25. freelancer
    freelancer ·

    Sorry for the mistakes in my comment - I had 2 beers...

  26. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    LOL - no worries @freelancer !! I need a couple of beers myself :)

  27. jet
    jet ·

    Nice tip! I should try it!

  28. jet
    jet ·

    Nice tip! I should try it!

  29. stonerfairy
    stonerfairy ·

    Should try this!!

  30. raapstelenstamppot
    raapstelenstamppot ·

    Fantastic! I only wished I had blank Instax film...

  31. cycliste
    cycliste ·

    Wow!! You are a genius - that is such an incredible idea!!!!!

  32. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Ooooooh, so that's how you did it! Cool. :D

  33. lonur
    lonur ·

    i love this!

  34. stouf
    stouf ·

    How could I miss this!? It's wonderful!

  35. nonspecificscientific
    nonspecificscientific ·

    Super cool effect! Love the technique!

  36. ctno3
    ctno3 ·

    I have never wasted a frame before maybe im just lucky or to neurotic with how i take pics but im definatly going to try this looks great fun :)

  37. umeshu
    umeshu ·

    So cool! I'll try that!

  38. ahollond
    ahollond ·

    So much fun!

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