August 29, 2018

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

You probably know by now that the OneStep+ offers more creative possibilities for instant photography than ever before. We keep saying it because it’s true. But more importantly, we want it to be as easy as possible for you to use the camera to its full potential. It’s why we made the Polaroid Originals app super user-friendly. We’ve also got handy videos about how to get connected and get started. Here, we’ll cover the next 3 app modes that you can use to make your camera do cool stuff. (We went over the first 3 here, so check that out too). Here we go!

Remote

Trigger the shutter, right from your phone. With Remote, you can take a picture in front of the lens just as easily as you can from behind it. Never miss a group photo again.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Syndi Huynh
Photo: Mathieu Martino
Photo: Syndi Huynh

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • Compose your image as you would normally using the camera’s viewfinder.
  • When you’re happy with your image, press the shutter button on your phone.
  • Your photo will automatically eject and develop as usual.

Expert Tips:

  • Use this mode to take more natural portraits. You can talk and make eye contact with your subject more easily, and get that perfect, relaxed shot.

Self Timer

Just in time, every time. With Self Timer, you can set a countdown of up to 12 seconds before your camera’s shutter triggers. Time to put yourself in the frame.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Britta Burger

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • Compose your image as you would normally using the camera’s viewfinder.
  • Using the dial on your phone, select how long you want your countdown to be.
  • When you’re ready to go, press the shutter button on your phone.
  • Your camera will begin counting down to shoot. You can see the countdown on your phone’s display.
  • If you want to cancel the countdown at any time, just press your phone’s shutter button again.
  • When the counter reaches zero, the shutter will trigger and take your photo.
  • Your self-timed photo will automatically eject and develop as usual.

Manual Mode

Next-level control over every setting on your camera. With Manual Mode, you can set the camera’s shutter speed, aperture, flash intensity and photo ejection. And while everyone has the potential to reach master level, we recommend having at least some basic knowledge of photographic principles before using this mode.

Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Harriet Browse
Photo: Ray Liu

Step-By-Step Guide:

  • The light meter along the top of your phone’s display indicates the light level. In most scenarios, you should try to get this as close to ‘0’ as possible.
  • If your light meter is in the ‘+’ region, your photo will be lighter. If it’s in the ‘-’ region, your photo will be darker.
  • The ‘Time’ slider adjusts how long your camera’s shutter will stay open, from 1/125 of a second to 30 seconds. If you set this any higher than 1/30, you should shoot using a flat surface or camera tripod to avoid blurred photos.
  • You can also set the ‘Time’ meter to ‘Bulb’. If you use this setting, you camera’s shutter will stay open until you press your phone’s shutter button again.
  • The ‘Aperture’ slider adjusts how wide your camera’s shutter will open, from f/64 to f/12. The higher you raise the bar, the wider the shutter will open, letting in more light.
  • When shooting with the Portrait lens, we recommend always using an aperture of f/64 to achieve the best quality photographs.
  • The ‘Flash’ meter adjusts how powerful your camera’s flash will be. The higher you raise the bar, the brighter the flash will be. You can use this to add more light to darker scenes, or to accentuate shadows in your composition.
  • The ‘Eject’ setting controls whether your camera will eject the photo after you have pressed the shutter button. If you turn it off, you can create multiple exposures in a single photo. (Remember to turn it back on before taking the last photo so your photo will eject!)
  • To use Manual Mode, compose your image using the camera’s viewfinder and adjust each of the settings as desired. When you’re ready, press the shutter button on your phone.
  • Your photo will automatically eject and develop as usual. If you have ‘Eject’ turned off, your photo will eject once you switch ‘Eject’ on and press the shutter button again.

Expert Tips:

  • After you’ve adjusted all your settings, make sure you use the shutter trigger on your phone. If you use the shutter button on the camera, it will revert to automatic mode.

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