August 29, 2018

More Ways to Play With The OneStep+ App (Beginner)

When we say that the new OneStep+ has more ways to play with instant photography than ever before, we mean it. And we made it as easy as possible for you to unlock all of the camera’s creative possibilities using the Polaroid Originals app. We even made some handy videos about it. Here, we’ll cover 3 of the 6 modes that you can use in the app to make your camera do magical stuff. Ready?

Double Exposure

2 photos, 1 frame. With Double Exposure mode, you can overlap two shots in one image.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Beto Ruiz Alonso

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • Compose your first shot using the camera’s viewfinder.
  • When you’re ready, press the shutter button on your phone.
  • The camera will take the picture, but the photo won’t eject yet.
  • Then set up your second shot.
  • When you’re ready, press the shutter button on your phone again.
  • Your double exposure will automatically eject and develop as usual.

Expert Tips:

  • A darker, monochrome background will create a better backdrop for your subjects, especially if you’re taking a double exposure portrait.
  • Try experimenting with different patterns and textures, and how they interact with each other when they overlap.
  • In this mode, the camera will automatically adjust the exposure to compensate for the photo being exposed twice. So make sure to set your exposure compensation switch to normal, and let the camera’s light meter do the work.

Light Painting

Turn any light source into your paintbrush. Light Painting mode uses long exposures to let you paint or write in the air.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Syndi Huynh
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Akisome

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • Shoot in a dark environment and keep your camera as steady as possible by placing it on a flat surface or using a camera tripod.
  • Once you’ve composed your shot, press the shutter button on your phone. Your camera’s shutter will open.
  • Start painting! You can use any light source to paint, or just press and hold the flashlight button on your phone to paint with your phone’s flashlight.
  • Point the light directly at your camera to create brushstrokes, or use the light to illuminate certain objects.
  • When you’re done, press the shutter button on your phone again to close the shutter.
  • Your light painting will automatically eject and develop as usual.

Expert Tips:

  • Experiment with light that exists in the world around you. City lights, traffic on a busy street or glow sticks in a crowd are all potential subjects.

Noise Trigger

Trigger the shutter by snapping your fingers, laughing out loud or even saying, “Surprise!” Noise Trigger mode uses your phone’s microphone to take a picture with a sound.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Beto Ruiz Alonso

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • Before connecting your camera to your phone, we recommend experimenting with sounds to help understand how the trigger works. The display will react to sounds around you.
  • The white bar at the top controls the noise threshold for triggering the shutter. When you lower it, the screen will turn black, indicating the noise trigger has been activated.
  • The lower you move the bar, the less noise you’ll need to trigger the shutter.
  • Once you’re happy with sound levels, pair your camera with your phone, frame your photo, and get ready to shoot.
  • When you’re ready, make the sound, and your camera will trigger the shutter automatically.
  • Your photo will eject and develop as usual.

Expert Tips:

  • Capture the unexpected. Set the noise threshold, walk away, and let a natural sound trigger the shutter.
  • Say, “Cheese!”

Of course, this is just the beginning. Where the real creativity kicks in is with you. And we can’t wait to see what you do with the OneStep+ out in the world. Download the app for free – and discover more about the camera right here: http://polaroidorig.com/onestepplus

Ready to move on to Intermediate? Here are tips and tricks for the more advanced modes.