Poladroid: As Good As the Real Thing?
When I discovered Poladroid, I was insulted. The idea that the last of my nostalgic moments were dying off to a digital age was absurd. I have had a love affair with Polaroids since childhood. Then I saw this. Of course, wondering what will happen when I run low on film, the idea of paying $20 for a case of film was enough to put a dent in my husband's pocketbook. If people were paying this much for expired film, then I knew the Poladroid website would not seem so bad after all. Thankfully, for my wedding registry, I received about 80 packs of film to last me, but I am being careful with how they are used.
The demise of the company really hit home. The idea of "instant" technology for film has gone digital and the company lost sales with pricey film. As much as I love 120 analog, this film makes photographs worth the bulkiness to carry around.
I finally gave in and decided to try it. I will admit, as apathetic and almost spiteful as I was to the site, it was easy to use. I would still recommend the orignal camera, but keep in mind, this is a substitute.
If you have never had the opportunity to use a Polaroid camera, you are missing out on of the most magical inventions of our time. However, Poladroid is a next step up if you don't want to mess with analog film. The system was easy to install, although I did use it on a PC, not the Mac. You easily drag and drop the photo to what looks like an actual Polaroid camera on your desktop. I love how it actually makes the developing noise, just like a real Polaroid camera, the system tells you after ten photos "developed" that you have run out of "film" and you must close and re-open the software, aka, "camera".
Here are some samples of the real photo, and what Poladroid does to it.
This is what a real Polaroid looks like!
Long live Polaroid.