At the risk of stirring up more controversy- all over the Internet, applications, mobile apps, Photoshop actions, you name it, are sprouting up, to give your digital photographs that Polaroid look. Funny how those who have never picked up a film camera, and think that the flat, pristine, and sterile look of digital, and seemed to laugh at Polaroid as looking “kitschy”, suddenly are creating all kinds of ways to emulate the look of them? Photoshop to add white borders? Why not have some real fun- buy a Polaroid camera, shoot film, and scan your prints? Wouldn’t that be a lot more fulfilling?
The classic days of true photography are, yes, forever gone. Photoshop jockeys who have never experienced the joy of a film camera mistake Photoshop and other Adobe applications with photography. everything nowadays has to have a “workflow” associated with it. This shouldn’t be work, it should be fun. Yes, digital is here to stay, but analog, another tool in your toolkit, has its place and purpose. The “easiest and funnest” Polaroid Image Maker is, well, a Polaroid Land Camera.