But in the "answers" section on the Polaroid Web site, the company says that shaking photos, which once helped them to dry, is not necessary since the modern version of Polaroid film dries behind a clear plastic window. The image "never touches air, so shaking or waving has no effect," the company said on its site.
I insist just patiently waiting the suggested 15 minutes for the film to fully develop. While shaking your instant photos may be fun, not only is it unnecessary but sometimes even damaging. So save yourself some time and wrist pain by leaving your Polaroid photographs alone.
No, Don't shake the Instax film while it is developing.
In case of Instax film, the result can be little blurred. Some time you might not see on the blank eye. But if you can see, you would notice the yellow color on the edge. Actually the Instax film is designed doing the whole thing automatically.
Should you shake Instax film? Absolutely not! Despite OutKast's advice in his popular song Hey Ya!, you really shouldn't shake your Instax prints as doing so could destroy the chemicals that form the picture.
Polaroid film is very sensitive to bright light during the first few minutes of development. It's important to shield your photo from bright light immediately after it ejects from the camera and keep it in a dark place while it develops.
If the film is developing blank, we recommend that you check to make sure the shutter is functioning properly and the light/five-mode dial is set to proper lighting. If the photo turns out all black, or some photos turn out all black and others turn out just fine, then your camera has a defective shutter.
When shooting at lower temperatures, let your images develop in the inside pocket of your jacket or somewhere else close to your body. We also recommend carrying your camera close to your body in order to keep the film pack and camera at operational temperature.
As a result, we always recommend keeping unused film sealed inside of its unopened box, in a cool and dry environment until you are ready to shoot with it. We recommend storing it flat (i.e. on the side with the largest surface area) inside a fridge at a constant temperature between 4 – 18°C (41 – 65°F).
Unfortunately, Polaroids can fade or become damaged over time, just like regular printed photos. Luckily, there are some easy ways to slow down their aging process and keep them from fading.
In most cases, photos turn out underexposed because there's insufficient light. Instant cameras thrive in bright and sunny environments. If you're shooting indoors, it's best to use flash. Some models of Polaroid cameras, like SX-70 cameras, don't include a built-in flash, so you need to purchase it separately.
Long Shutter Speed
If you are shooting indoors or in low light without a flash, the shutter will stay open longer to make a more balanced exposure. During the time the image is being taken, if the subject and/or your hands move, this will cause blurry photos. Remember to always use a flash when shooting indoors.
Avoid taking Instax pics in the mirror
Your snaps will turn out dark when you shoot in the mirror. So before you use your Fujifilm Instax Mini 8, remember to avoid taking pics directly in the mirror, window, TV, or any surface that reflects light.
There's nothing as disappointing for an Instax user as waiting for a photo to develop, only to discover that it has turned out completely white. When this happens, it almost always means that the image has been overexposed. Overexposure is caused when the film is exposed to too much light.
THE WRONG SETTING WAS CHOSEN
Bright sunny days will almost always require the Very Sunny setting, just as dark rooms will almost always require Indoors. Accidentally chose Very Sunny inside a dark room and you can bet your bottom dollar that your image will be as black as night.
But most of them look like a faded, blurry memory (even though I just took the pictures), and the film takes quite a while to process (around 10 to 15 minutes).
To shoot without the flash, press the flash button on the back panel once. After taking the photo the flash will be re-enabled. To disable the flash until you power off the camera, double press the flash button.
This is usually caused when the film door on the camera or printer has been opened after film has been loaded into the camera or printer. Instant film is light sensitive, so should only be exposed to light when a picture is taken, not before.
Adjust the exposure switch/dial on your camera more towards white for brighter results.
Polaroid pictures develop best between 55-82 °F (13-28 °C), so if you're planning a long day out in the sun, keep your film out of the heat until you're ready to shoot–we like to use a cooler bag with a few ice packs inside–and keep your shots face-down away from any bright light or warm rays as they develop.
Issue: Yellow or Purple cast on Polaroid films. Polaroid film has traditionally been a victim of color temperature. From the most early days to The Impossible Project to Polaroid Originals, most pictures I've seen have been on the reddish side (low color temperature) rather than the bluish side (high color temperate).
Instant film is good for 2 – 3 years after expiration (or production date for Polaroid) but degrades the quickest of all film produced. Polaroid and Fujifilm Instax both suggest that their films should be used one year after the expiration or production date printed on the box.
Below 13°C (55°F), photos tend to emerge over-exposed, lacking color contrast and with a green tint. When shooting at lower temperatures, let your images develop in the inside pocket of your jacket or somewhere else close to your body.