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Instant Love: How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids [Hardcover]

Susannah Conway , Amanda Gilligan , Jenifer Altman

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Book Description

May 2 2012
With instant film once again available, Polaroids and other instant cameras are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This friendly and informative guide is the essential how-to book for shooting gorgeous instant pictures with personal panache and a touch of romance. Packed with tips on how to shoot with various cameras, details about the different types of film available, advice on composition and lighting techniques, plus creative projects to transform snapshots into keepsake mementos and portfolios of beautiful images for inspiration, this is the ultimate companion for capturing instant memories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811879267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811879262
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Learn about your Polaroid, inside and out.... Instant Love catalogs every Polaroid and instant film camera from the past fifteen years and shows the kinds of photo effects you can get from each one. It's a beautiful book full of gorgeous photos and helpful 'don't press this button unless you want a huge flash' diagrams." --

About the Author

Jenifer Altman, Susannah Conway, and Amanda Gilligan are an international trio of instant photography gurus. Jenifer is based in Ashville, North Carolina.

Susannah lives in Bath, England.

Amanda lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant 5 Stars May 19 2012
By Di - Published on
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Most books on instant photography are technical and written by men, and Instant Love was such a refreshing read. Photography in a dying format is hard to find these days but with such exclusivity in the art form, I was worried the book would be pretentious and seem like a long blog post from the writers. It's not. It's a beautifully curated photography book on the technicality without belittling the reader. I'm sure if I took the time to find all the information online, I would but Instant Love is a reference book that saves me time, energy and inspires.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I instantly loved this book May 24 2012
By beckycat1 - Published on
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I was really excited to get this book and it didn't disappoint. I think both newbies and established photographers will love it. For beginners there are great sections on each type of camera, film and instructions on use. For people already familiar with instant cameras I think they will enjoy the technical tips and the inspiring photos and stories.

I also have to say I love the physical nature of the book. It's a beautifully printed book that feels great in my hand. It's also the perfect size to slip into my purse and carry along.

Thank you, ladies for making such an amazing book and inspiring a new generation of instant photographers!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & useful May 20 2012
By willow81 - Published on
It had never occurred to me that I might want to take instant photos myself, but I instinctively found myself 'one-clicking' to buy Instant Love having followed the authors' photo feeds on Instagram. Now that I've read the book I am bidding on cameras on eBay and I can't wait to experiment! This book will be a lovely companion for the journey. It is technically helpful without being inaccessible. There are many, many beautiful photos and a lovely section on how to creatively display your instant photos. For someone completely new to photography I found the chapters on lighting and composition particularly useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all interested in photography Jan. 7 2013
By Mary Mahaydik - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
As an avid photographer, I enjoyed this book even though I have not held a Polaroid in years. Great overall feel to this book, the authors really know their topic. Appreciate the resources too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love. Aug. 17 2012
By Slumming Angel - Published on
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A beautiful, impassioned, concise and clearly written guide to photography--with great photos of the authors' own that will convince you you might find a visual style as compelling as theirs. Buyer beware: you'll end up taking lots of instant photographs and find yourself waiting impatiently for the authors to write another book on this subject. That's one test of a terrific book: you can't wait for the sequel.

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