Decades ago, instant film was one of the most popular mediums for photography. Though camera technology has significantly advanced since instant cameras were in their prime, there are still many valid reasons for experimenting with them from time to time.
In this video, Josh Katz makes his case for using instant cameras, such as those made by Polaroid and Fujifilm. Katz points out that with digital cameras, we’re spoiled by the ability to “spray and pray” and have become lazy at making each click of the shutter count. Because there is a high cost per click when using instant film, with some film running around three dollars per exposure, we tend to be more deliberate and decisive when taking photos with these cameras. Instant cameras generally have very few manual settings, so creating great images relies more on achieving perfect composition. There is no post-capture cropping involved in producing prints with instant cameras, making it that much more critical to compose correctly in camera.
Though the film can be pricey, instant cameras themselves are fairly affordable. They are one of those things that if you haven’t tried them before, you really should. I agree that there is a certain “rush” you get when taking a photo with an instant camera, knowing that you only have a limited number of presses of the shutter, and that the image will be developed into a print that you can see and hold right away. There is a lot of excitement experienced in watching your photo develop in a few seconds before your eyes. Fun factor aside, taking an instant film camera for an occasional spin will make you a little more careful when you revert back to your favorite digital counterpart.