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salvatori.
Posts: 3,321
State College, Pennsylvania, US


I am aware that the word 'Polaroid' has morphed from a brand name to something different; at least that is my impression.

IMHO, the word now is a catchphrase for any pic that seems 'raw' (not the digital file term, but stark and un-retouched). I see nothing wrong with this, necessarily. I see pics that models have posted that were obviously shot digitally, and just have a polaroid look, either done as part of the shooting or in post.

Was wondering if the word has permeated fields such as editorial, fashion, etc., in the way that an agency would say, 'send us some polaroids' and they would see digital pics.

Again, nothing wrong with that, just wondering what people think when they here a polaroid. Even photographers on here who shoot on Instax call them polaroids on occasion.
Dec 06 12 01:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Brian Scanlon
Posts: 767
Encino, California, US


Havn't heard it being used like that other than to mean that you are trying to recreate to look of an instant photo.
Dec 06 12 02:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mortonovich
Posts: 5,081
San Diego, California, US


Hell, I hear people say "Let me shoot a Polaroid of that . . . ."
and then use their iPhone and apply an Instagram filter.
Dec 06 12 02:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Carlos Occidental
Posts: 10,542
Pasadena, California, US


Hmm.  Polaroid means to me any company's instant film.
Dec 06 12 02:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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salvatori.
Posts: 3,321
State College, Pennsylvania, US


Carlos Occidental wrote:
Hmm.  Polaroid means to me any company's instant film.

This is what I think a lot of people would say instead of 'Instax.' So maybe the slippery slope goes even further into what we have now

Dec 06 12 02:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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grandart
Posts: 730
Chicago, Illinois, US


But the reality  is that some of the new Polaroid materials need to be developed in total darkness for at least 5 minutes. Nothing instant about that!!
Dec 06 12 03:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Alicia Hansen Photo
Posts: 1,962
Durango, Colorado, US


When I think of the word "polaroid", I think of it in a way such as an agency requesting "polaroids" of a model. Not necessarilly an actual polaroid picture. I most often think of the term "polaroids" when referring to retouch-free/makeup-free/basic snapshots to show a model's features in the raw.
They might be film. They might be digital.
Examples.


That's what I think of personally, anyway.
Dec 07 12 09:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stanley L Moore
Posts: 1,404
Houston, Texas, US


As an old fart Polaroid means to me a real Polaroid picture. But nowadays a digital pics are instant. Back in the day I took tons of SX 70 sbots. Mostly to show the model what we were doing. I still have a lot of them lying around the house. I just now a days the equivalent is a mirror photo pic.
Dec 08 12 02:43 am  Link  Quote 
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Robb Mann
Posts: 9,510
Baltimore, Maryland, US


In many ways a cell phone is the new poloroid. You can take a pic and instantly see it, cell phones can also replicate the 'look' of actual poloroids.

Interestingly, impossible project are engineering a poloroid 'printer' for cell pics. You take the photo, display it on your cell phone, then take a picture of the image on the cell phone with your 'printer'.
Dec 09 12 06:12 am  Link  Quote 
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JMERYLLMAN
Posts: 26
San Antonio, Texas, US


Polaroids nowadays for an agency means an unretouched snap shot, headshot, fullbody and profile.  No or very little make-up.  No artificial lighting using a phone camera or point and shoot.
Dec 15 12 10:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,475
Santa Ana, California, US


Kind of depends upon the context within which it is used.
Dec 15 12 11:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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MN camera
Posts: 1,860
Saint Paul, Minnesota, US


Fauxlaroid?
Dec 16 12 08:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Porsche Jones
Posts: 188
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US


This is a really confusing usage of "polaroid."

To make matters worse, I have (and use) one of the Polaroid digital cameras that makes instant prints.
Dec 16 12 05:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Andrew Thomas Evans
Posts: 23,353
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


Porsche Jones wrote:
To make matters worse, I have (and use) one of the Polaroid digital cameras that makes instant prints.

I'm picking one of those up sometime, seems like something fun to have around.

smile



Andrew Thomas Evans
www.andrewthomasevans.com

Dec 16 12 05:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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MMR Digital
Posts: 1,591
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, US


MN camera wrote:
Fauxlaroid?

+1 This.

Nice coin of a new word btw.

Dec 16 12 05:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US


Alicia Hansen Photo wrote:
When I think of the word "polaroid", I think of it in a way such as an agency requesting "polaroids" of a model. Not necessarilly an actual polaroid picture. I most often think of the term "polaroids" when referring to retouch-free/makeup-free/basic snapshots to show a model's features in the raw.
They might be film. They might be digital.

That's what I think of personally, anyway.

+1.

That's what I think when I hear the term used. As in, "Could you show us a few Polaroids..."

The requester wants to see what the model looks like "straight out of the camera."

Dec 16 12 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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AJScalzitti
Posts: 11,545
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I still here the term still used in fashion agencies and most don't actually want you to shoot Polaroids.  That we be fairly expensive these days
Dec 16 12 05:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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