Polaroid proofing before digital

Photography, Uncategorized

Written by allanrd61@icloud.com

January 3, 2021

Way back in the time when photographers developed film and printed photographs using wet processes, I shot a lot of polaroids.  On any shoot pro or promotional, I would always pull a “Roid” to confirm focus and exposure.  I was also always doing snip tests on roll film and single sheets on 4×5 or 8×10.

Polaroid was our digital camera screen, the cost could add up quickly.  Polaroid had a great product line of films.  I could take my 4×5 Graflex and with a polaroid back shoot and get the output of a negative, transparency, or print almost instantly.

The SX-70 camera and film afforded Polaroid a place in consumer instant photography history.  The SX-70’s image processing and the needed chemicals were fully encapsulated within the image container itself.  

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