October 19, 2010

Polaroid 636 Close up and IMP Films

Having fun with polaroid

Since a couple of weeks I own a polaroid 636 Close up and I must say that it really works well, even with the Impossible project films + it has it's own flash build in and that's interesting for indoor shots ;-)
The flash works with every shot, so no way to turn that off.
First i used the PX 70 color shade film which i find very nice and has some blue tone which is very interesting for experiments. But this camera is not perfect for that film and is normally for the sx 70 serie. Luckely the Pola 636 has a lighten/darken slider, so you can adjust lightness with this sensible film.

In the beginning it's a bit of searching, while the IMP films are really sensitive, especially the PX 70 Color shade. 5 out of 10 shots didn't work and it's soooooo sensitive to light. especially with my other Pola camera >> the 600 Extreme which has nog lighten/darken slider. It's not like the films 30 years ago that could be held into the light and then swapp a bit with it. pitty, cause that was fun to do and to see the photo coming alive.

The PX600 Silver shade on the other hand is wonderful to work with and has this nice sepia tone that gives the photo a real old look and it works perfectly when you be careful with the first light, so it's important to protect the photo from light for the first 10 seconds when it comes out of the cam. otherwise your photo is ruined (for now that counts for all the films of IMP).
On the IMP (Impossible project) site I could read about making a black card for your polaroid to protect it for light. So I made such a card and it works!!!!
Check out the IMP website for more instructions on how to make such a card : http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/allabout/colorshade/

Here are the instructions for developing your shot >>

Impossibly Easy Steps to Optimized Results

  1. Choose the right film and put it into your camera
    - Polaroid SX-70 camera? - Choose PX 100 Silver Shade or use ND filter with PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid 600 camera model? - Choose PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid Image, 1200, or Spectra camera? - Choose PZ 600 Silver Shade
  2. For your first shots, we recommend to shoot at 17-24°C / 63-75°F as the Silver Shade film is very sensitive to temperature
  3. Set the camera's lighten/darken wheel to middle setting
  4. Hold camera stable, especially at low light levels
  5. Make the first magic shot
  6. Shield picture from light immediately (cover with your hand)
  7. Develop the picture upside down for 60 - 90 seconds
  8. Take a deep breath, turn the picture over and inhale your FIRST SILVER SHADE SHOT
  9. Let your images dry properly before storing them cool and protected from light to preserve their original state after exposure longest.
Have fun with your first results of good lightend photos now hehe.....
More will come soon, cause I bought more polaroid cams like : 2x sx70, one 600, 1200 si (spectra) and a 320 version which i will use with Fujifilm FP-100 >> but the last Pola is not alive it seems.
Results with the Pola 636 + PX 600 silver shade :

Next, Pola 636 + PX 70 color shade :


  1. Hi I like your blog. One of my dearest friends is studying photography. Since I am reading your blog I finally understand what she's talking about. If you're interested my blog is soniasdailypost.com.

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  3. Thanks a lot, I will certainly visit your blog soon :-)
    Grtz R.

  4. Hi,

    was about to buy a Polaroid 363 Close Up when I stumbled upon your blog...and realized I am a total polaroid virgin. So I was wondering if you could advise me on what camera would be the best option for me....when i read this (btw, awesome pictures ;)) i realized i have no idea what film should i get, what camera so i panicked and cancelled my order (want to get one it time for spring whe London isn't so drab and disgusting
    So if you have the time, I'd appreciate your advise!

  5. Hi Maria,

    Thank you for asking my opinion about Polaroid, it's a difficult issue :-)
    First of all I want to mention that the new polaroid films aren't what they were supposed to be. You have to protect them from light as soon as they come out of your cam and that pretty hard. 6 out of 10 photos failed with me. The old films however are much reliable. I like to use My spectra 1200 camera, cause i know I can find old 1200 film much easier than 600 film and they look better (wider).
    Search on ebay and you will find them and a cam. So I surely can suggest the Spectra 1200 cam cause I have much better experiences with it :-)
    Perhaps you can go for this one : http://cgi.ebay.de/Polaroid-Spectra1200si-Sofortbildkamera-NEU-OVP-/140519763640?
    Grtz Rosita

  6. Hei . i saw on a website that,for the polaroid 600 camera model,you can use the PX 600 silver shade but also the PX 680 color shade.is that true?because i have an 636 closeup polaroid,and i want to know what film should i order for it .


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