It used to be that snapping a photo with a Polaroid instant camera, shaking it out and waiting for the image to develop was commonplace.
As 35mm film type and then digital cameras became more affordable, people traded in the Polaroid picture instant cameras for the new photography medium.
While many of us shutterbugs have always loved the nostalgia and certain je ne sais quoi about instant photography, it seems they have recently come back into popularity with the rest of the world as well.
Users love the instant gratification of having their photo in hand and while a few brands have started offering instant print cameras, no one does it quite like the pioneers, Polaroid.
The new Polaroid Snap Touch instant cameras offers users the best of both worlds. It allows you to snap, print, and share all of your favorite photos instantly right from the camera.
With a 3.5inch LCD Touchscreen and 1080p full HD video recording capability, images and video are stored on a micro SD card and you have the ability to print photos instantly thanks to ZINK® Zero Ink technology.
You even have the option to print them with the classic white Polaroid Photo border (amongst some snazzy new designs) as well as other edits like adding filters, stickers or adjust the crop.
The 13mp camera has a few unexpected perks like a self timer, selfie mirror, swipe gestures and bluetooth capability.
Between its digital capabilities and vintage Polaroid printing options, it looks like creative uses abound from everyday users and photographers alike.
I’m still finding new ways to be creative with my Polaroid Snap Touch and Polaroid Instax Mini, like this one I took during our last tattoo session in New York.
Cute Ways to Take Polaroid Pictures
For some creative photography inspiration on how to take and use your Polaroid photos, check out these awesome Polaroid pics I’ve found below.
You might also want to check out our 8 tips and tricks from a pro on how to improve your iPhone photography or 5 Photography Tips for Using a Tripod.
Make a composite portrait using varying zoom distance
In each Polaroid photo it’s apparent the photographer gets further away, to fit more of the subject in the frame.
It creates an interesting composition of the subject at makes you think about the way we perceive scale in a photo.
Write overlay captions on your pictures to tell a story
I love the captions on these polaroids. Most people only write along the bottom but it adds an interesting element to caption on the photos themselves.
I think this method would also make an awesome Polaroid travel journal or scrapbook.
Take a picture of a picture
Using Polaroids to document one part of your travel, and then using those photos as a frame in another photograph is genius.
We love the story this tells with the bridge in the Polaroids and then another view of the water in the larger photo.
Make your own Triptych Gallery with a Polaroid split frame panorama
What an awesome way to capture a panorama view.
This is a popular way to display photos in frames on a wall and it works well with Polaroid photos because of the built-in white frames.
Unique selfie idea
We bet you have never taken a selfie quite like this one!
A variation of the take a picture of a picture concept, you could have a lot of fun inventing creative ways to take a selfie.
Split screen couples portrait
This is a fun take on a couples portrait. It reminds me of the wedding preparation photos of the bride and groom separated by a wall or door.
Use Polaroid photos to tell a story
How adorable is this strip of photos taken by a couple (Oh So Beautiful Paper)? It makes you wonder about all the unique snapshots you could get: balloons floating away, a bird passing by.
Creative portrait compositions
Recently, 62 lots of Polaroids were displayed and sold in Christie’s Warhol photography auction.
Some of them used sets of Polaroid photos to create unique portrait compositions. Others featured single, close up portraits of celebrities.
Did you hear about the man who took a photo every day for years before he passed away?
It’s incredible, he had thousands of Polaroid pictures. Store them in an album as a beautiful way to document your years.
Most people use an app and do a 365 Project digitally, but having a physical album to flip through makes this a really awesome keepsake and coffee table centerpiece.
Polaroid wedding guest book
Instead of simply signing a book, have the guests take a Polaroid Selfie (or designate someone to take their photo).
You could even make this an even more treasured wedding keepsake by asking them to place their Polaroid on a specific page and add a line or two of marriage advice.
I also love the idea of making a wedding memory box from these.
Make a DIY LED string light headboard with photos
We love this idea of creating an awesome wall decor display piece above your bed with all of your favorite Polaroid photographs by Twinkling Photo Display by Brit Co.
TIP: Use mini craft clothespins to attach your Polaroid pics to the mini LED string lights instead of tape. Change them out as often as you like!
Make a Polaroid travel journal
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, why not include photos in your travel journal?
To make this project easier for you, be sure to take note of city name and/or longitude and latitude coordinates of where each photo was taken in your travel journal.
A photo may be worth a thousand words, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Use the journal to record the moments the photos didn’t capture.
Add photos to your travel itinerary map
Use polaroids and an atlas map to document memories made on your travels. Frame your travel map and then create a collection to display on your walls.
Make a multiple split frame landscape photo
We love the use of multiple polaroid photos to capture the scene.
Take your creative photo ideas past the typical Triptych collage and go with 6 or even 9 photos to capture a single subject.
What are some creative ways you have used Polaroid pictures in your photography or art projects?
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11 thoughts on “Polaroid Picture Ideas: 14 Creative Photography Ideas”
Jeana, your creativeness is just amazing. Thanks for inspiring us.