A Few Thoughts on the Polaroid One Step 2

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2 Camera

Every time I post a polaroid from my Polaroid One Step 2 camera on Instagram, I'm always asked what I think about the camera. It seems like a lot of people are on the fence, and I completely understand because film is not cheap!

Here are a few of my thoughts. 

If you'd like to get into instant film photography, this camera is a great place to start. It's extremely easy to use, and has a simple, one button operation.  Pressing that red button is all you need capture your image. It's a little bulky to pack with you for the day, I usually have to carry a larger bag with me, but it is extremely light, so it's not a huge burden on your shoulders.

You can increase or decrease your exposure using the yellow switch on the front of the camera, or keep it in the middle to let the camera automatically control the exposure.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

A key feature is the ability to turn off the flash. I prefer to shoot with natural light, so I always suppress the flash. I feel like I get a more natural image this way. You can simply hold down the flash suppression button while pressing the shutter to turn off the flash.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2
Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

My absolute favorite feature of this camera is the self timer. This key feature is worth the price to me.You have 8 seconds to jump into your photo - I love the ability to get into my own photos.  I used the self timer for the photo above.

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

One thing I don't like about the Polaroid One Step 2 is the battery. You have to charge this little guy using the provided USB cable. There have been many times when I have grabbed the camera on my way out of the door, only to find that the battery is dead and I can't take any photos. Such a disappointment!

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid One Step 2

The Polaroid One Step 2 uses special i-type film, which I find to be a little inconsistent. It's roughly about $2 per photograph, which adds up after a while. But I still love having a tangible photo in my hand moments after I press the shutter.

Overall, I love the Polaroid One Step 2 and I am excited that it has revived a love of instant film. My favorite feature is the ability to take selfies with this camera.  While I don't love the fact that I have to charge the battery, I will definitely continue to use this little guy for years to come.

Viewfinders - The Untouchables

Azzari Jarrett | Polaroid Film

I'm over on Viewfinders today, sharing a bit about the photos I call the "untouchables". The ones that I deem imperfect in some way - out of focus, too light, too dark, etc. 

I'm taking a closer look at them and realizing that they make me who I am today as a photographer. 

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And if you are interested, more of my posts on Viewfinders.

April 2018 on Film, Part 2

The second half of April 2018 images captured on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here. You can also view the first half of my film images in this post.

April brings the awakening of flowers in our yard. Also in April, my husband and daughter built a small garden in our backyard. Trips to the beach are a must as the weather warms up, one out of focus image and other quiet moments around the house documented.

Once again, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for capturing these images.

May film images currently underway. I will share them in June.

April 2018 on Film, Part 1

I have had these images developed for over two weeks now, and I am just now getting the chance to post them! May is proving to be quite a busy month with end of the year activities for my girls, and of course, Week In The Life, which I participated in last week.

Nevertheless, I am still committed to this personal project and excited to share my quiet moments of April 2018, photographed on 35mm film. You can read more about my photography project for this year here.

A few of my favorite people are captured this in the first half of this month - my parents and my youngest daughter. My parents were in town for a week at the beginning of April, visiting for Easter.  So happy that I captured the portrait of my mom.  You'll also see her famous gumbo, captures from a dinner party, walks around town, paintings, afternoon baths, and simple corners of my home.  I also love how you can tell the weather is getting warmer from these photos.

Once again, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for these images.

Second half of April on film coming soon.

March 2018 on Film, Part 2

The second half of March 2018 images captured on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here. You can also view the first half of my film images in this post.

Our Spring Break was the last week of March this year.  I had originally packed my digital camera, and realized that I forgot to bring a memory card.  Hence, you will notice that I took more than one image in Asheville, North Carolina simply because I couldn't help but document the beauty that I encountered there. Being flexible with this project and making it work for me.

This month, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for capturing these images.

Film images in April currently underway.  And as always, I will share in this space in May when I develop my film.

March 2018 on Film, Part 1

Quiet moments of March 2018, photographed on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here.

I love how this project is keeping a camera in my hand. Sometimes I forget how much I love photography. Sometimes it feels like a hassle to carry my film camera wherever I go.  But getting my images back just makes my heart melt. And for that, I am grateful.

The beginning of March found me in Scottsdale, Arizona on a girls' trip. It was extremely hard to take only one photo a day during that trip! Also, Spring has begun to pop up in my images. I love how that is reflected in and around my home.

This month, I used my Pentax K1000 and Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm film for these images.

The second half of March, soon.

February on Film, Part 2

The second installment of film images from February 2018, captured on 35mm film.  You will definitely see the beginnings of spring captured in these images.

You can view Part 1 here and read more about this project.

I am currently capturing an image a day this March. This time using my Pentax K1000, my first film camera. Look out for those images in early April.

February on Film, Part 1

The first half of our February 2018, documented on 35mm film. I wrote a bit more about my personal photography project for this year here.

In January, most of my images were captured at home. I made it a point in February to bring my camera with me when I headed out of the door.  

Same as last month, I used my Nikon F100 with 85mm lens for these images.

As with any daily practice, I've learned that once your friends and family know what you are doing and why, you can count on them to support you and encourage you. I hope you enjoy these snippets of our life as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

The second half of February, coming soon.