SX-70 Polaroid Manipulation

SX70 Polaroid Camera

This week in my Vlog I looked at creating a SX-70 Polariod Manipulation. This is an old film technique using a Polariod SX-70 camera and Time Zero Film. Once a picture is taken with a Polariod camera and the print has come out the image is still developing. During the development process the image can be manipulated by applying pressure to the mylar envelope that encases the image. This pressure and manipulation will cause changes as the chemicals are forming the image. At the end of this process a unique image will be produced.

IMG_9394 copyFor choosing an image for this process it is recommended to use an image that doe not have a large area of negative space because the outcome of the image works a lot better. I went against this advice with my start image. I decided to use a picture of a Tulip I took last week.

Do you want to know how to use this manipulation? You’ll need to watch the video below.

Here is the final image form the video.


I liked this image but I wanted to add something more. I used an action from Rawimage which is part of a Polariod Generator pack.


What do you think of the final images? Let me know using the comment box below.

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2 thoughts on “SX-70 Polaroid Manipulation

  1. Gorgeous! We used to spend a lot of time (and money) playing with those polaroids – wish I still had my sx70s… still have some photos from it though! I like your comment in the video about “going too far” in photo manipulation – there is truly a fine line, thank goodness for undo… I think it all depends on how good an eye one has.

    • Going to far in Photoshop is so easy. I have done it in the past and come back and seen a huge mess. The problem is a mediocre image sometimes looks a lot better with a lot of Photoshopping.

      Maybe it is time for a Photoshop Diet.

      I really like the manipulation, unfortunately i never had a chance to do it in real life. I do have my Polaroid land camera, I will have to see if I can get some film from the impossible project and make some.

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