Impossible Tutorial Tuesday: How To Handle Impossible Film

photo: azzarijarret

photo: azzarijarret

Last week, we brought to you a summary of Impossible’s Tutorial Tuesday Twitter chat, “What’s Inside Impossible Film?” Hopefully, that information was useful and answered any questions you may have had on just how Impossible film works from start to finish. This week, Impossible’s Tutorial Tuesday topic is, “How To Handle Impossible Film.”

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How To Handle Impossible Film

First things first: storage!

photo: 6visible

photo: 6visible

Ideally, Impossible film packs should be stored in their own unopened packaging in a cool and dry environment. It is recommended that you store Impossible films flat, in a fridge at a constant temperature. You can store the film at temperatures between 4 to 18°C / 41°F – 65°F (but do not freeze!).


Make sure to return the film to room temperature before using since the film will not perform to specifications in cooler temperatures. Let the film sit out about one hour before using.

Use the film within 12 months of production dateless before the “Best Before,” stamped on the packaging.

Those stamped dates on the box have confused many of us before but what exactly do they mean and why use within 12 months!?


As of December 2015, Impossible began to stamp production date as a standard. Click on the photo above for more detail.

As film ages, chemical changes occur and will eventually affect how well the film performs. Because storage, temperature, and humidity affect film aging, a film may continue to produce acceptable results for some time after expiration depending on storage. Expired film produces some interesting results, however there is no guarantee that the film will process at all. Some common effects of aging include loss of image contrast, color shifts, and/or uneven spread of the chemistry over the image.

Now that you’ve properly stored your film, what are optimal shooting conditions? Impossible film will work best between 13° and 28° C (55° – 82° F).


There are several things to keep in mind to get the best possible results when shooting Impossible film (some of which we’ve covered):

  • correct storage of the film packs
  • use the film within 12 months after the production date or before the ‘best before’ date
  • clean camera rollers
  • adjusting the lighten/darken slider
  • shooting and developing of the picture at the right temperature
  • shielding from light
  • correct storage of developed photos
  • recycling your empty film pack

For complete details and more information on the list above, check out this link!

Below a quick video (by PolaWalk) on how to best load your film pack!

Also, remember to handle film packs and photos by the edges to avoid damaging the developer pod.

photo: @craigroccanova

photo: @craigroccanova

And never shake it like a Polaroid picture! It can ruin your final photo.


Ok, so you’ve shot a ton of Impossible film, how should you store it?

photo: @archivecollectivemag

photo: @archivecollectivemag

To maximize the stability of any photograph, it should be stored in a cool, dry place, without direct exposure to sunlight or fluorescent lighting.

Do not expose the fully developed images to extreme humidity, direct sunlight or high temperatures for an extended time period, as this may cause alterations in color or fading of the image.

That’s it for this week’s Tutorial Tuesday! If you’re enjoying Tutorial Tuesday, please let us know or share your thoughts with Impossible directly! If you have any questions you’d like to see covered in a future Tutorial Tuesday, then please share!

Next week: Why & How To Shield Your Impossible Photos






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