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Polaroid is Back

22 Sep

Polaroid is Back


Eighty years after Polaroid began and forty years after the release the original Polaroid OneStep, The Impossible Project’s mission to keep Polaroid film alive is finally accomplished with the reveal of Polaroid’s new subbrand Polaroid Originals, and a new OneStep 2 camera.

Did you get that? Polaroid is BACK thanks to the crazy passion of The Impossible Project team and their dedication to keeping Polaroid’s films alive for the past nine years. With blood, sweat, and some tears they pushed instant film forward and many of those team members now call Polaroid home.

What about this new camera?

While the look is reminiscent of the original OneStep, the new version has some modern upgrades like a higher quality lens, a rechargeable battery via USB, a more powerful flash and a self-timer function. OneStep is pre-ordering now in 2 colors for a cool $99.99, with delivery as early as October 16th.


What about the film?

With The Impossible Project being absorbed, we’ll all be buying film from Polaroid once again and at a better price. The new OneStep 2 is compatible with all the 600 series films we’ve grown to love like color and black/white, but also the newly developed i-Type (batteryless) film that runs only $15.99 per pack compared to the 600 film at $18.99.



What about the vintage cameras?

One of the coolest things about The Impossible Project was their vintage camera refurbishment program of the 600, Spectre and SX-70 camera models and that’s still here under the Polaroid name again and they have a wide range of old cameras available from $119.00-$609.99 and the films will be available for all them again very soon.


So in review, analog instant photography FROM POLAROID is back!!! and calls Polaroid Originals home. We’ve got some shopping to do.

A New Super 8mm Camera from Kodak

8 Jan

A New Super 8mm Camera from Kodak

Thanks to Tom Forbes of The Art of Photography for breaking down the new Super 8mm Camera that Kodak showed us at CES.

A Few Camera Details:
Completely new camera with some digital features like a viewfinder and wheel navigation. It will fit the old film, but also record sound, offer various speed and some lens adjustments.

What Do You Do with the Film?
Buy the film (approx $50), shoot it, and send it to Kodak for processing and digitizing. Later they’ll send you back the film roll. Pretty cool, but not cheap (but that price includes the processing).

Prices will be in the $450-700 range depending on the lenses and features you select.

Here’s a Verge interview with the Kodak president about the release:

(via Mikerusso @filmpodcast)

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

14 Oct

Legacy Shooters Patch by Tap and Dye

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

No matter if what type of film you shoot, “Make Every Shot Count” is a mantra we can get behind. Tap and Dye’s new iron on patch is built to last and you can proudly wear it on your camera bag, jacket, hat or more. These limited edition patches (only 500 made) begin shipping on 10/19, get yours!

The Legacy Shooter Patch by Tap & Dye on CameraLuv

Via Sandy Phimester on twitter: @SandyPhimester

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

25 Aug

Must-Have: Lomo’Instant Montenegro Edition

The new genuine black leather and silver clad, Lomo’Instant camera, Montenegro Edition joins the ever growing Lomo’Instant family. The premium camera is inspired by the splendid charm of the Balkan country known for its rugged mountain ranges, medieval villages and magnificent coastline.

For a cool $179 you get the versatile instant camera and 4 experimental Lenses (Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up) along with the Lomo’Instant Splitzer for slicing up your shots.

Get yours Online or visit a Lomography Gallery Store near you!

The Denton Camera Exchange

23 Feb

The Denton Camera Exchange

Recently, The Vision Beautiful released a short 5-minute clip, on Armand Kohandani (the owner of the Denton Camera Exchange) as part of their people of Denton (Texas) Project. The clip profiles his love for analog photography and why he started the only photography shop in Denton.

Via Lomography

I Love You, California
by Jack Coleman

26 Nov

I Love You, California <br />by Jack Coleman

This short film by Jack Coleman features surfer Derrick Disney in California during Hurricane Marie. We dig it for it’s trippy analog 16mm footage, Derrick’s rad surf skills and the great filtered and technicolor moments. Enjoy!

Also check out why Jack Coleman shoots for the love of it:

Via Vissla

Lauren M. Brown Photography

30 May

Lauren M. Brown Photography

Lauren M. Brown is a 30-year-old fashion and life-loving photographer from Los Angeles. She’s also the founder of the photo-filled online fashion publication, where she shoots many of the fashion editorials and art directs the videos. She loves music and natural light and isn’t afraid of exploring L.A. to find interesting places to shoot with her friends and models.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite images from Lauren’s portfolio and be sure to stay for an interview with Lauren herself.

Our interview with the talented Lauren M. Brown:

Where are you from and when did you start shooting?

Lauren M. Brown: I was born in Washington, DC and at the age of 18 I moved to NYC for school. I took a basic photography class and really enjoyed it. I started to really love people as subjects, thats what I ended up focusing on for most of my first year. I stayed in NYC  for 8 years then moved to LA. I’ve been living in LA for about 4.5 years now.

How does L.A. inspire you?

LMB: One of the many things about Los Angeles that I love is its diversity. Being from the East Coast I’m used to being around several different cultures in one space. I love how the beach and the East Side of LA are almost like different worlds. It’s great for location scouting.

Do you shoot mostly digital or film?

LMB: I shoot a mix of both but until recently I’ve become obsessed with film again. When I went to school digital photography was in its infancy. It’s been such an advantage to have experience with film and the darkroom.

Any favorite shoots?

LMB: Wow. There are really so many that it’s hard to narrow down one. This past summer I was commissioned to shoot a punk band from South Central called reVolt. It was such a great experience hanging out in their practice space, meeting their families and listening to them rehearse. I was almost a part of their world while shooting them.

Any favorite cameras?

AA: I’ll always love my Mamiya RZ67. It’s like my baby. The many vintage Polaroid cameras I have would come close second.

When did you start FashionGrunge and do you find yourself shooting more or managing more?

LMB: I started FashionGrunge about 5 years ago when I lived in NYC. I manage and write still for FG, but now my shooting has picked up again. I go through phases. At this particular time I’m so inspired, so expect more work from me soon!

Anything I should know about you I haven’t asked?

LMB: Hmm…well aside from being obsessed with photography, I also have the same love and passion for music. It’s so much a part of my daily life that it’s silly. I listen to music about 85% of the day.


Lauren’s Portfolio
Lauren on Tumblr
Lauren on Twitter: @_laurenmelanie
Lauren M. Brown Photography on Facebook
Lauren on Instagram

Be sure to contact Lauren to shoot for your next lifestyle, fashion, band shoot or world tour.

©2014 Lauren M. Brown Photography

Not Afraid of the Dark:
Community Darkrooms Are Alive

19 May

Not Afraid of the Dark:<br />Community Darkrooms Are Alive

In an effort to not lose our analogue roots, film-lovers the world over are creating community darkrooms to provide an environment where photographers can convene to create stunning images. Many of the rooms feature b&w as well as color enlargers, film developing stations and film scanners. Many even sell film and paper or can do the developing, scanning or even print for you for a nominal fee. Still other community labs provide some of the most affordable services in digital and archival printing up to 20″x30″.

In the East:

1. The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
2. Bushwick Community Darkroom,  Brooklyn, NY
3. Light Work Lab, Syracuse, NY
4. My Own Color Lab, New York, NY
5. Genesee Center Darkroom, Rochester, NY
6. Chicago Community Darkroom, Chicago, IL
7. Paul Krot Community Darkroom , Providence, RI
8. Studio Two Three Community darkroom, Richmond, VI
9. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC
10. GlenEcho Photoworks, Washington, DC
11. The Asheville darkroom, Asheville, NC

In the West:

1. Tucson Community Darkroom, Arizona
2. Newspace Center for Photography, Oregon,
3. Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington,
4. Tri-Community Photo, Covina, CA,
5. ContactLA, Los Angeles, CA

In Europe:

The North London Darkroom, Tottenham Hale, London
The Gate Darkroom, New Cross Gate, London
Self Color (dig lab), Paris, France
Know of any notable darkrooms we’ve missed? Please let us know at

About the Writer:

Despite having the most advanced gadgets on the market, the U.K.’s Jennifer Birch is an old soul. In fact, she still plays with her grandmother’s Polaroid Autofocus 660 Instant Land Camera, complete with the strap. Contact Jenni on Twitter and G+.

Must-Have: Fisheye 2 Brazilian Summer

16 May

Must-Have: Fisheye 2 Brazilian Summer

If you’re looking to have an fun summer and don’t have an analog camera to capture it, why not grab the new Fisheye 2 Brazilian Summer for a cool $89. The colors and graphics celebrate life, color and the pursuit of fun. Get snappin.

Must-Haves: Belair X6-12 Instant Kit

21 Jan

Must-Haves: Belair X6-12 Instant Kit

Last week, Lomography released a new instant back kit for $89 to accompany their retro cool Belair cameras. The instant back uses and cranks out Fuji Instax Wide film and gives you all kinds of creative options such as multiple exposures, long exposures, interchangeable lenses and hot-shoe flash compatibility.

Introducing The Belair X 6-12 Instant Back from Lomography on Vimeo.

There are some Belair bundles available for the Belair City Slicker for $338, the Belair Jetsetter for $388, and the Belair Trail Blazer for $438. (Note: there’s no savings at this time for buying the bundle)

Here’s a sampling of the kinds of images you can capture:

Via Lomography

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