Impossible Tutorial Tuesday: How To Correctly Expose Your Photos



Happy Tutorial Tuesday, brought to you by our friends at Impossible. This week’s topic is one that for sure will interest many of us, as sometimes nailing exposure can be a tricky thing. Let’s get started…and as usual click on the photos to be linked to Impossible support and read more about this topic.

How To Correctly Expose Your Photos

Adjust the exposure wheel/slide on your camera. Why? Impossible’s current generation of film is ‘fast,’ or more sensitive to light. To start, it’s recommended you adjust the exposure wheel or slide on your Polaroid camera 1/3 to the dark setting when shooting in bright light conditions.

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If shooting in low light, you will want to use the flash if possible or be sure to set your camera somewhere steady while shooting.



Keep in mind, the built-in flash on Polaroid cameras is usually only effective in a range of 1–2.5 meters.


If you shoot too close with flash, the result will be over-exposed images.


Shooting too far away from your subject with flash will result in under-exposed images.


Steven Dangerfield

For best results on a bright sunshiny day, always shoot with the sun directly behind you.


In bright light, move the exposure compensation switch towards the dark arrow and in the dark move towards the light arrow (if using a camera similar to the one shown below!).


If it’s sunny but you’re shooting in the shade – set the exposure wheel/slide in the middle.


Can Dagarslani

Next week, join Impossible’s #TutorialTuesday chat over on Twitter, or join us back here on Wednesday as we’ll recap the chat. The topic next week is: 600 Film Shooting Tips. See you all then!

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  1. Hey! The one of the tree lights is mine, you could always ask before you use it!

    • Hi Steven, we will happily credit the photo as your and/or remove the photo if you’d like. It’s possible that if your photo was uploaded to the Impossible site they may have selected it from there for Tutorial Tuesday use. Thanks!

  2. I’d like to comment that Impossible Project’s color film doesn’t expose like its B&W film, at least in the Spectra format that I work with. First, although Impossible color film is faster than original Polaroid Spectra/Image film, for which the cameras are programmed, Impossible B&W film seems to do just fine without exposure compensation. Second, in Southern California where I live, a bright sky is almost always blown out on the color film, but the results on the B&W film usually agree with what my eyes perceive. My prime suspect is UV: the color film is sensitive to UV, misreading the invisible light for a creamy yellow, while the B&W film is not. So I have the following questions. Is it possible and well-motivated for R&D to fine-tune film speed? Is it possible to rewire Polaroid cameras to work with Impossible film? Is my guess about the color film being sensitive to UV correct? If so, would R&D treat this behavior in future releases? Could the Impossible Project make UV filters (and preferably color filters as well) for Polaroid Spectra/Image cameras? Thanks a lot.

    • We can definitely forward this over to the team over at Impossible. We figure that in the future, Impossible will probably release their own camera that will work with their film.

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