Turn Your Digital Images into Polaroids. - Digital Photography School

Turn Your Digital Images into Polaroids.

pola-header.pngIn this post, Natalie Norton introduces us to the magical world of Poladroids (found via Oh Happy Day)!

Since the announcement of the discontinuation of instant film the world of Polaroid has become even more fascinating, exciting and desirable than ever. 

Now, turning your digital images into printable, high res Polaroids is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with Poladroid (beta).

A few helpful hints:

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  1. It’s only available for Mac users at the moment. . . but word has it that the windows version is on the way.
  2. It doesn’t work with screen captures. . . I had the best luck with high res jpegs.
  3. It’s out of this world fun and addicting, so be prepared to waste a good amount of time fiddling around.

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Happy shooting. . . er. . . Polaroiding!

This post was brought to you by Natalie Norton, a wedding and portrait photographer who lives and shoots on the North Shore of Oahu, HI. See more of her photography and tutorials at www.natalienortonphoto.com.

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Natalie Norton is a writer and a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer who shoots across the globe. She is based off of the North Shore of Oahu and out of Gilbert, Arizona. Enjoy more of her photography and writing at www.natalienortonblog.com. You can also connect with Natalie via Twitter or on Facebook.

  • http://www.regensblog.de christof.lapd

    I also love this application! Use it a lot!

  • http://hoei.com/grill TheOzz

    All I can say is, WHY? You MAC geeks are a weird bunch.

  • bubbledumpster

    This is dumb. I want real Polaroids.

    *tear*

  • http://taf.tumblr.com taf

    These are horrid. I’m sorry, but they look nothing like real polaroids, what with the terrible vignetting and the ugly jpeg artefacts.

    They totally miss the point of polaroids. It’s about more than the border and funky colours, you know.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    You can do the same thing–without downloading anything–on picnik.com

  • http://www.tylerrobbins.net tyler

    that’s not a polaroid, that’s a filter.

  • sparky

    @Andrew Warner: I agree, a simple Photoshop action would be more than adequate to get the same effect, no website / app required. no mess, no fuss

  • http://anap0t.multiply.com anap0t

    still love the effects a real polaroid creates… now my polaroid are on the display cabinet. :(

  • http://photoexpose.blogspot.com/ evan johnson

    I might have to try this out once they release a version for PC. I was never into Polaroid pictures too much but they can be fun as I’ve recently learned.

    @TheOzz: Some people want things just because they can’t have them. “MAC geeks are a weird bunch,” hahaha, I like the new commercials where they show all sorts of people claiming to be PCs.

    – Evan

  • http://fromachestintheattic.blogspot.com victorio

    I hate fake polaroids.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/omegaman/ Daryl S.

    I have had Poladriod for a while and I like it. It’s easy and fun. When you shake the pictures it spits out they ‘develop’ faster! (unlike the real thing…) And the program only does batches of 10 (just like the real thing).

    If you send a crappy picture in that’s exactly what it spits out, If you send a good pic in, and let it develop all the way, it looks like a good polaroid. You can halt development part way through and get a typical low contrast polaroid if you like that effect.

    Speaking of the real thing… I have several of packages of real Polaroid 600 film left. Any ideas what I should ‘spend’ it on?

  • http://romephotoblog.blogspot.com Jessica

    I fiddled around with this last night and thought it was pretty cool. I’m sure you can get the same effect with photoshop, etc, but this is a quick and easy way. Daryl, I didn’t realize you could stop things half way, how did you do it?

  • http://flickr.com/photos/omegaman/ Daryl S.

    Easy… while the picture is developing, right click on it and one menu item comes up… “I want a sample now”
    You can click that as many times as you want and it gives you the current state of the picture every time. It still goes on to fully develop.

  • http://flickr.com/photos/omegaman/ Daryl S.

    You can also choose the rotation factor of the images as they develop (to look like a pile of photos on your desktop) and whether you want the dirty fingerprints on the photo, on the paper, on both or on none!

  • http://romephotoblog.blogspot.com Jessica

    Thanks Daryl! I’ll have a go at it tomorrow.

  • http://www.cielosrojos.com Aggie Villanueva

    I couldn’t find another way to contact you, so I hope you don’t mind me asking via the comment box. I’d like permission to reprint the first paragraph of your tutorial in my January newsletter, with a link to this page for readers to read the rest. I look forward to hearing from you. Thankx for your time. Have the best day.

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/blog Darren

    Aggie – that’s fine by us.

  • http://www.aggiev.org Aggie Villanueva

    Thank you so much. I will add it to the Jan/Feb issue. Have a great day.

  • Linden

    How do you print the poladroid once it’s done?

  • http://dallashandy64.sosblogs.com Elisha

    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers
    and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
    You have done a outstanding job!

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    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type
    on a variety of websites for about a year and am nervous about
    switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about
    blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  • http://en.netlog.com/concettayoung/blog Richard

    Good day! I was interested to know if setting up a blog site such your
    own: http://digital-photography-school.com/turn-your-digital-images-into-polaroids?
    utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+b5media-Technology-Channel-Feed+%28Technology+-+Channel+Feed%29 is difficult
    to do for unskilled people? I have been wanting to create my own blog for a while now but have been turned off
    mainly because I’ve always assumed it demanded tons of work. What do you think? Regards

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  • Richard

    July 8, 2013 10:43 am

    Good day! I was interested to know if setting up a blog site such your
    own: http://digital-photography-school.com/turn-your-digital-images-into-polaroids?
    utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+b5media-Technology-Channel-Feed+%28Technology+-+Channel+Feed%29 is difficult
    to do for unskilled people? I have been wanting to create my own blog for a while now but have been turned off
    mainly because I've always assumed it demanded tons of work. What do you think? Regards

  • trendy studio shoes

    July 5, 2013 04:49 am

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.
    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type
    on a variety of websites for about a year and am nervous about
    switching to another platform. I have heard excellent things about
    blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress posts into it?
    Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  • Elisha

    June 17, 2013 05:58 am

    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers
    and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
    You have done a outstanding job!

  • Linden

    July 12, 2010 04:05 am

    How do you print the poladroid once it's done?

  • Aggie Villanueva

    January 5, 2009 03:49 pm

    Thank you so much. I will add it to the Jan/Feb issue. Have a great day.

  • Darren

    December 3, 2008 03:08 pm

    Aggie - that's fine by us.

  • Aggie Villanueva

    December 3, 2008 10:07 am

    I couldn't find another way to contact you, so I hope you don't mind me asking via the comment box. I'd like permission to reprint the first paragraph of your tutorial in my January newsletter, with a link to this page for readers to read the rest. I look forward to hearing from you. Thankx for your time. Have the best day.

  • Jessica

    November 30, 2008 12:01 pm

    Thanks Daryl! I'll have a go at it tomorrow.

  • Daryl S.

    November 30, 2008 08:12 am

    You can also choose the rotation factor of the images as they develop (to look like a pile of photos on your desktop) and whether you want the dirty fingerprints on the photo, on the paper, on both or on none!

  • Daryl S.

    November 30, 2008 08:05 am

    Easy... while the picture is developing, right click on it and one menu item comes up... "I want a sample now"
    You can click that as many times as you want and it gives you the current state of the picture every time. It still goes on to fully develop.

  • Jessica

    November 29, 2008 10:12 pm

    I fiddled around with this last night and thought it was pretty cool. I'm sure you can get the same effect with photoshop, etc, but this is a quick and easy way. Daryl, I didn't realize you could stop things half way, how did you do it?

  • Daryl S.

    November 28, 2008 12:51 pm

    I have had Poladriod for a while and I like it. It's easy and fun. When you shake the pictures it spits out they 'develop' faster! (unlike the real thing...) And the program only does batches of 10 (just like the real thing).

    If you send a crappy picture in that's exactly what it spits out, If you send a good pic in, and let it develop all the way, it looks like a good polaroid. You can halt development part way through and get a typical low contrast polaroid if you like that effect.

    Speaking of the real thing... I have several of packages of real Polaroid 600 film left. Any ideas what I should 'spend' it on?

  • victorio

    November 28, 2008 12:31 pm

    I hate fake polaroids.

  • evan johnson

    November 26, 2008 02:12 pm

    I might have to try this out once they release a version for PC. I was never into Polaroid pictures too much but they can be fun as I've recently learned.

    @TheOzz: Some people want things just because they can't have them. "MAC geeks are a weird bunch," hahaha, I like the new commercials where they show all sorts of people claiming to be PCs.

    - Evan

  • anap0t

    November 26, 2008 04:35 am

    still love the effects a real polaroid creates... now my polaroid are on the display cabinet. :(

  • sparky

    November 26, 2008 03:54 am

    @Andrew Warner: I agree, a simple Photoshop action would be more than adequate to get the same effect, no website / app required. no mess, no fuss

  • tyler

    November 25, 2008 12:45 pm

    that's not a polaroid, that's a filter.

  • Andrew Warner

    November 25, 2008 11:41 am

    You can do the same thing--without downloading anything--on picnik.com

  • taf

    November 25, 2008 07:54 am

    These are horrid. I'm sorry, but they look nothing like real polaroids, what with the terrible vignetting and the ugly jpeg artefacts.

    They totally miss the point of polaroids. It's about more than the border and funky colours, you know.

  • bubbledumpster

    November 25, 2008 02:28 am

    This is dumb. I want real Polaroids.

    *tear*

  • TheOzz

    November 25, 2008 02:17 am

    All I can say is, WHY? You MAC geeks are a weird bunch.

  • christof.lapd

    November 25, 2008 12:47 am

    I also love this application! Use it a lot!

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