I’ve recently started to take photography a little more seriously, like my colleague. I bought a low-end dSLR and started snapping away, hoping to learn from my mistakes, develop my own techniques and individual angles. Only a few days ago, I was watching a BBC documentary “The Genius of Photography” and was introduced to the birth of this contraversial art-form. Then I got to wondering, how did people experiment with photography 50 years ago? Could they afford to take repeated photographs of the same settings?
Then I also started to think about the time photography was truly available to the general public – and it hit me. Polaroid. Back then, instant photographs were truly the work of genius. Imagine being able to view your photos without sending them to the processors. Of course, we aren’t really able to relate because we live in the world of digital photography – still, imagine if our shots were printed right out from our dSLRs! That is how they must have felt.
I love how vintage photos look. They have that sepia-ish, overblown colours, vignette feel which makes every shot unique. Sometimes, I prefer those photos over regular plain shots. These little “defects” give the photos a lot of character. And because I like this style so much, I spend quite a lot of time in Photoshop, trying to achieve the same effect with my digital shots.
I’m writing all this because I found a cool and fun little application which reproduces vintage Polaroidesque photos from my existing collection. It’s aptly called Poladroid and wait, there’s more: its creator’s name is Mr. Paul Adroid. Get it?
Poladroid is amazingly fun to use but don’t take my word for it. Try it out for yourself. Seriously, you’ll love the results.
Returning to the world of old-school instant photographs, waiting for the Polaroid pictures to develop was half the fun. After a photo was shot, everyone would gather round to wait for it to come through. Poladroid adopted the same strategy – in order to see your processed photo, you’ll have to wait… and shake it, too! I’m serious – grab the photo and swing it around your screen, you’ll see that it develops faster. It is purely psychological? I don’t know. All I know is: that is certainly more fun than watching a progress bar.
After swinging them about for a bit, they will eventually be ready. They look exactly like a Polaroid photograph with the white bits around the actual picture. So what Poladroid does is, it takes the center part of your original photograph and superimpose it onto the paper frame; add some adjustments and effects; and out it comes.
I can’t emphasize how much fun it can be to reproduce photos back to this style. Brings back memories. If you’re not completely convinced to try this application, have a sift through Poladroid’s Flickr Group and check out what others have done with their photos. Then think about it again.
Poladroid is Mac only and works with Tiger and Leopard.
Does using this bring back memories? Do you prefer Polaroidesque photos or the generic digital photos we all have gotten so familiar with?