Theodora Portrait Design

it's alive! reviving a vintage Polaroid

film, gearTerri BleekerComment

After shooting some Polaroids with my family on Thanksgiving day I've been trying to figure out how to get larger Polaroids. If you're not familiar with a Polaroid back on a medium format camera, the images are only 2 1/4x 2 1/4". That's how big the film frame is.

So while I loved the portraits of my family at play, I wanted to be able to use the Polaroid film in it's full-sized glory. I had an old Polaroid 210 instant camera sitting on a shelf that I bought at a garage sale for $1. I had hoped it worked, but discovered the batteries were no longer made. It sat on a shelf until I saw a tutorial on how to convert the camera to use AA batteries. I changed made the conversion, but the camera didn't due anything.

My hopes were sparked when I saw a video by Film Photography Podcast on how to check the shutters on these types of Polaroids. I grabbed the camera off the shelf and did the test. The shutter worked! So I loaded it with film an now have a new film camera to use. I was glad to find that the issue was with the learning curve of using the camera and not with the camera itself.