5 Tips for Getting the Best Results with Instax Film

By Paul McKay

If you're a fan of instant photography, you're probably familiar with Instax film. This type of film produces small prints that are perfect for capturing memories on the go. But how can you ensure that your Instax photos turn out beautifully every time? Here are five tips to help you get the best results.

If you are looking for information about different types of Instax Cameras then look no further than our article here; The Ultimate Instax Camera Guide For Beginners.



Understand the lighting conditions


Lighting is a crucial factor in any type of photography, and Instax film is no exception. To get the best results, it's important to understand the lighting conditions you're working with. For example, if you're shooting in low light, you may need to use a flash or find a source of natural light. On the other hand, if you're shooting in bright sunlight, you may need to adjust your camera settings to avoid overexposure.

Backlighting can create a dramatic effect, while diffused light can create a soft and dreamy look. Take some time to experiment with different lighting conditions and see how they affect your photos. 

(c) Alex Chen | Taken on Instax Square Colour Film


Get up close and personal with your subject


One of the best ways to capture stunning photos with Instax film is to get up close and personal with your subject. This allows you to capture details and emotions that might be missed from a distance. Try experimenting with different angles and distances to find the perfect shot. Some Instax cameras come with macro settings or filters to get even closer and capture intricate details. Don't be afraid to get creative and have fun with it!

Paula Smith - Instax Photo

(c) Paula Smith | Taken on Instax Square B&W 


Experiment with different angles and compositions


To get the best results with Instax film, it's important to experiment with different angles and compositions. Try shooting from different heights and angles to find the most interesting and unique perspective. You can also play around with the rule of thirds, which involves dividing your frame into thirds and placing your subject off-center for a more dynamic composition. Don't be afraid to get creative and try new things – you never know what kind of amazing shots you might capture!

Instax Mini Colour Film

Taken on Instax Mini Colour Film 


Don't be afraid to use the flash


While natural light can create beautiful photos, don't be afraid to use the flash on your Instax camera. The flash can help to fill in shadows and create a more balanced exposure, especially in low light situations. Just be sure to use the flash appropriately – if your subject is too close, the flash can overexpose the photo and wash out the colours. Experiment with different flash settings and distances to find the perfect balance for your shots.

Close up on instax film

(c) Karen Freer | Taken on Instax Wide Colour Film 


Practice, practice, practice!


Like any skill, the more you practise using Instax film, the better you will become at capturing stunning photos. Take your camera with you everywhere you go and experiment with different lighting, angles, and compositions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes – that's how you learn and improve. With time and practice, you'll be able to capture memories that will last a lifetime.

And when you're ready, you can even take it into a professional environment - shooting weddings on instant film for example!



Conclusion: 5 Tips for Getting the Best Results with Instax Film


In conclusion, capturing beautiful photos with Instax film requires an understanding of lighting conditions, getting up close and personal with your subject, experimenting with different angles and compositions, using the flash appropriately, and most importantly, practice. By following these tips, you'll be able to create stunning instant prints that capture memories in a unique and creative way. Don't be afraid to experiment, make mistakes and have fun along the way, and with time and effort, you'll become a pro at using Instax film. If you want to learn more about Instax Films read our post; Everything You Need to Know About Fujifilm Instax Films.

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