What is surprising about digital photography today are all the post-shot filters, effects, and enhancements that turn smartphone photos into works of art, or, bring back the look of yesteryear with nothing more than a click. Here’s one of the latter.
Instant Photos, Polaroid Style
Thanks to hand me downs, my early days of photography included a Kodak Brownie and a Polaroid instant camera.
It didn’t take me long to see the advantages of Kodachrome and an SLR, so I left the world of instant photography behind and never looked back.
Looking back means retro, and retro seems to be all the rage today, hence the success of Instant: The Polaroid Instant Photo app for the Mac.
This seems like an odd way to treat a photograph. Instant takes any digital photo and with a click or two turns into a photo resembling what spit out of a Polaroid instant camera back in the last century.
The app goes totally skeurmorphic on the Mac and emulates a Polaroid camera but spitting out a photo in the Polaroid style, complete with the classic border.
The app displays itself as an old Polaroid camera. Simply drag and drop a photo onto the camera, and it spits out the enhanced photo– slowly, just as the original camera did.
Actually, enhanced is the wrong word. How about antique flavored?
Instant comes with dozens of vintage effects and filters, including 10 classic filters to emulate that Polaroid look. Filters are adjustable, too, including intensity, blur, emulsion, and type of vignette.
If you’ve seen Polaroid photos you’ve probably seen writing along the borders. Instant does the same thing using one of 10 different handwriting fonts. Border comments can be rotated and scaled, then the photo can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr.
It’s a good way to bring back the Polaroid look from 1979 without the expense or suspense.