Hi, my daughter is getting married in a couple of months, and they want to have polaroid style photos of their guests for them to be able to write a message on at the reception. My experience of polaroid cameras is that the photos fade over time. We are hoping there is some software that would allow us to take the photos, download to a laptop, and print out on the day, in a polaroid style. Has anyone any experience of this, and can offer me some suggestions please. Thanks for your help.
Hi - there are many options for supplying prints at events these days - including actual Polaroid cameras. There is film produced for a few of the Polaroid cameras by 'The Impossible Project' but I'm not sure of availability, and the results I've seen so far have not been as good as the original film and seems rather inconsistant (and expensive). Fuji have a camera that outputs smallish instant photos - local link - our daughter has one and the prints are very reminiscent of the Polaroids. If cared for properly (not exposed to too much sun) I think the old Pola prints lasted rather well - I've still got some from the 80's. There are lots of options for shooting digital and having prints... I have a couple of Canon printers that are portable (smaller than a loaf of bread), a memory card can be taken out of the camera, inserted in the printer and a postcard sized print will spit out in about a minute. A wifi capable camera or smartphone (or a wifi enabled memory card can be used in a normal camera) can send an image to a laptop as soon as it's shot to be printed, or the image could be sent straight to a wifi enabled printer. Generally this would probably need someone who knew what they were doing controlling the camera. Of course if you were beaming the images to a laptop they could then have a faux 'Pola' look applied... or it could be done on a smartphone... plus the images could be projected onto a screen for all to see before being printed... (as a photographer I'm always trying to keep an eye on possible options to use for my clients, altho' I don't generally cover these event situations).