Just in time for World Photography Day, today’s tipster will focus on one of the most popular alternative photographic processes out there – Polaroid transfers!
Polaroid Image transfers are of the easiest, most flexible, and most rewarding ways to print out your photos. It gives them an impressionistic, painterly effect which is just awesome! In a nutshell, what you basically do is transfer the half-developed instant film on a surface. That’s where the magic happens!
What you need:
- Polaroid camera or slide printer.
- Pull-apart type instant film such as Polaroid 669 or Fuji FP100c.
- Watercolor paper (or any other material – you can try out wood!).
- Brayer or roller (you can use a rolling pin!).
What you need to do:
1. Load the film and shoot your subject OR load the slide and process.
2. Remove the film from the camera and wait for 10-15 secs.
3. Peel apart the film and lay the emulsion face down of the paper.
4. Use the brayer/roller for a good 30 seconds.
5. Place something heavy on it like a book or an iron and leave it for 90 seconds.
6. Remove the weight and carefully peel the emulsion.
How did it go for you? There are literally hundreds of literature dedicated to the art of image transfers so try them and see what works for you. Of course let us know the story of each step you take! Here’s some transfers as well courtesy of the community!