The Click Shop is the ultimate store for everything related to Polaroids. In a world bombarded with technology right, left, and center, The Click Shop reminds people of a simpler time. With products from its stores, you can capture life’s precious moments in traditional pictures that can be relived again and again.
Why Polaroids are perfect for capturing special memories
Have you noticed how you always reach for your mobile phone to click a picture when you’re happy with your friends or family? It’s because you want to freeze that moment and create something physical that reminds you of its beauty whenever you look at it. But taking pictures from your phone usually means that they are saved somewhere on your memory card or the cloud, and you rarely ever return them.
Polaroids are different. They are not only instantly tangible and gratifying, but they also possess an ethereal quality that is impossible to beat with a regular camera. When you click a picture with a Polaroid, it is thoughtful and intentional, unlike the ones you take from your phone or digital camera. You usually end up clicking 20 shots of the same thing only to keep one later. But with Polaroid cameras, the feeling is different– you know that there are a limited number of photos in a pack; therefore, you make each click count.
Polaroid pictures are physical– something you can instantly hold and treasure. Whether you create a picture wall of an event or simply stash the Polaroids in a table drawer, evidence of the special moments remains. Even if you look at the thousands of photos in your phone’s picture gallery, the eight instant photographs you have on your shelf may be dearer to you. The reason is scarcity– it makes everything more attractive.
3 Reasons why Polaroids are making a comeback
The company Polaroid was a household name in the past, so much so that the concept of instant cameras was identified as Polaroid. Although the company ceased operations a decade ago, its legacy lives on in photography enthusiasts. Undoubtedly, instant cameras are accompanied by a strong force of nostalgia. There’s a lot of demand for technology of the past simply because of the undeniable charm of enjoying things the way they used to be.
The following are 4 reasons why Millennials and Gen Z are moving back to basics with Polaroids.
- It teaches you to live in the moment
Mindfulness has become lost as we juggle between several electronic devices simultaneously. Mindfulness is “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.” Do you remember the last time when you felt mindful?
You become alert and present when you click photographs with an instant camera. Since you don’t have a lot of photos in a film, you are mindful of each picture you click. You want the image to be perfect; therefore, you focus on the subject and its surroundings and figure out the best way to capture how the scene looks, sounds, and feels.
- It helps you overcome perfectionism
Nowadays, people strive for perfection in everything they do. When capturing special moments, you click hundreds of photographs to choose a couple that looks ‘perfect.’ Then comes the editing part, where you adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, colors, and the list goes on. The next step is applying filters and tweaking curves and contours. The race for perfectionism, however satisfying it may be, can become utterly exhausting at a point.
Instant photography enables you to accept imperfections because you just have a single chance to get the shot right. After pressing the shutter button, you can undo or redo anything. With a Polaroid, your focus shifts from getting the picture ‘just right’ to being present in the moment and capturing its essence.
- It makes your actions intentional
It’s important to live with purpose and intent; it is an idea that has gained a lot of traction over the years. Intentional living is a response to the rise in technological advancement initiated by smartphones and social media channels. Shooting on film warrants a kind of financial commitment. Not just that, it also requires you to commit to the objects, places, or people you choose to capture.
A subconscious mental prioritization process is inherent in instant photography and is triggered every time you pick up an instant camera.
How to click better pictures with instant cameras
Instant photos are eye-catching and dreamy, making them a perfect addition to any photographer’s album. However, using an instant camera comes with its set of challenges. Since you can’t preview the picture before you click, you need to understand the correct settings required for taking amazing shots.
Here are a few tricks to help you take better pictures.
- Instant cameras don’t offer a dynamic range like DSLRs and may end up with underexposed photos. You can click good images when the light evenly hits everything–cloudy days are perfect for this.
- They are not known for picture clarity and great attention to detail. So, avoid capturing objects that have a lot of details, as they will come out soft with a washed-out effect. Shoot landscapes, objects, and photos of people from afar. But if you want to take close-ups, choose an appropriate lens to do the job.
- Avoid clicking scenes with clashing colors and bright lights to minimize shadows in the picture.
- Instant cameras are usually smaller than most professional ones, so your fingers will take time to adjust to all the buttons. Make sure your fingers aren’t covering the flash, lens, or any other element that might ruin the final picture.
- Center your subject correctly if you want your pictures to turn out as clear as possible. The more it moves toward the edge of the Polaroid frame; a light leak may distort or ruin it.
- Stay away from busy and distracting compositions. Instead, take a minimalistic approach and take photos in front of simple places like the blue skies, white walls, plain buildings, etc.
- You can use the double exposure feature to create unique and surreal photos. To make the result more interesting, choose a bright and dark image to create a contrast that blends smoothly into one another.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with different photograph styles and genres. You have limited pictures, so make them all count.
The Click Shop Malaysia: Home of Analog Photography
The Click Shop was founded in 2008 by a group of photography enthusiasts who held a special place for film photography in the digital era. The store provides products that help customers appreciate what’s in front of them and capture everyday moments that create their life. With Polaroid, you can pause your special moments and relive them through something you can hold in your hands and turn to forever.
The Click Shop has everything you need to step back into the world of analog photography. From films, instant cameras, simple-use cameras, Polaroid cameras, Polaroid printers, and accessories, the store is the complete solution to quintessential photography.
Here are a few great options you can try from The Click Shop.
Polaroid OneStep+ Starter Kit Bundle
This starter kit is perfect if you are a beginner looking for an entry point into analog photography. It consists of an instant camera, 2 packs of color i-Type film, and 1 pack of B&W i-Type film. You can connect its camera to the Polaroid Originals app to unlock light painting, manual mode, and much more.
Polaroid Go Instant Camera Gift Set
This gift set consists of a Polaroid camera and a pocket photo album to save your best memories. The portable Polaroid Go camera is small and wearable, making it perfect to carry along wherever you go. It has fantastic features, including a self-timer that gives you plenty of time to strike a selfie pose.
Lomo’Instant Automat Instant Film Camera & Lenses
This instant camera is compact, portable, and fully automatic. It comes with 3 lens attachments: wide-angle, close-up, and fisheye. It also has a splitzer and colored gel filters to make your photos even more interesting. With the Lomo’Instant Automat, you can take perfectly-lit mini Polaroid size shots wherever you are.
The Click Shop is one of Atome’s partner merchants
Atome is a BNPL company that makes it easier for users to buy things they want. Therefore, The Click Shop has partnered with Atome to enable its customers to pay their bills through flexible monthly payments. Atome is a secure and reliable payment platform that is used by thousands of users worldwide. Let’s learn more about how this payment service works.
What is Atome, and how does it work?
Headquartered in Singapore with over 15,000 partnered merchants and available in 8 markets, Atome offers its users the choice and convenience of flexible payment options for a variety of products and services. The app allows shoppers to split their purchases across three interest-free monthly payments by scanning a partner retailer’s in-store QR code or upon website checkout. By splitting their payments, Atome users will be able to better manage their budget while making quality products and services more reachable.
If you want to join the Atome platform, you can download its app (Get the app) and create a new account. After verification, you can start shopping immediately. You can even avail a welcome voucher of RM15 if you download the app now.
How to pay with Atome
- Scan the QR code from Atome’s app at checkout for in-store purchases.
- For online purchases, select Atome as your payment option when checking out of The Click Shop’s online store.
- Enter your user details when redirected.
- Pay the first part of your bill and defer the remaining payment across 2 months.
Shop at The Click Shop to rediscover analog photography
There’s no denying the quintessential charm of Polaroids, and now you have to chance to rediscover its beauty with The Click Shop. Capture your special moments with spontaneity and revel in the imperfection of real life. Take a break from the digital world and head to their store today to find your perfect analog photography match. You can pay through Atome to add a modern touch to your purchase and enjoy flexible monthly payments.