How to Use Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera? Review, Tips and Tricks! Discount and testimonials here: (Amazon), (Amazon)
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One of the most successful instant cameras, which is very popular among kids, is the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8. It’s a basic, easy to use, point & shoot type camera, that takes instant photos and develops them like the good and old Polaroid cameras.

As mentioned above, the Instax Mini 8 is very easy to use, but if you or your kid are asking yourselves how to use the Instax Mini 8, or how to optimize the photos you’re taking with it, the 5 important tips are for you (All tips are based on my 7 years old daughter’s experience after taking more than 100 photos). After reading them, try to implement them in your next photography session, and I’m sure your photos will look much better:

  1. Flash: The flash always fires. If you tried to take a few pictures indoors, you’ve probably noticed that the camera activates the flash automatically. However, as opposed to many other cameras, the user cannot turn it off. Take this into account when you take pictures indoors, and particularly – don’t take photos of windows or any other reflecting surfaces. It will reflect back and harm the photo’s quality.
  2. Distance: the camera doesn’t have an auto-focus feature. As a result, its recommended shooting distance according to the manufacturer is 3 ft and up. In my experience, however, objects that are more than 20 ft from the camera will not be too vivid. So practically, the recommended shooting distance is 3 – 20 ft. In addition, take into account that the flash effective range is not more than 9 Feet. Thus pictures you take indoors of objects which are farther away will be dark. Click the link below to find more tips and testimonials from the users!
  3. Exposure sensing and setting: this is probably the most important tip in this How to Use the Instax Mini 8 list, with a huge impact on the photos quality and therefore on yours and your kid’s satisfaction.

Exposure and Shutter Speed are 2 out of the main 3 factors that impact the photo’s quality. The Exposure is basically the amount of light passing into the lens and hitting the film. The more light, the brighter the picture. The Shutter Speed dictates how much time the shutter will be opened, in order to let the light pass through the camera and hit the film. The longer the speed, the brighter the picture. The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8,has a fixed shutter speed – 1/60 seconds, so the only thing that’s left to set is the exposure. But The camera’s mechanism doesn’t do it automatically, meaning it doesn’t set the right exposure level based on the surrounding. It just recommends. So what you need to do is to follow the recommendation, or else – the photo will be too dark or too bright.

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