Having fun with your new Fujifilm Instax camera, or at least planning to buy a Fujifilm Instax camera in the Philippines? If so, then you may have wondered about what else you could possibly do with the collection of photos that you’ll no doubt soon amass, besides sticking them into an album or keeping them in a drawer somewhere. You’re in luck, then, as we have listed below some cute ideas on what to do with these pint-sized, self-developing photos themselves. Read on and see if any of them interest you.
Take softer, brighter photos with your Fujifilm Instax Camera’s Hi Key setting
If you want your pictures to turn out a bit brighter while also softening the background detail, then you may want to look at taking photos with your Instax Camera’s brightness settings set on Hi Key. Simply rotate the brightness adjustment dial on your camera to the Hi Key option and start snapping away, preferably in settings with little to poor light (such as indoors, at dawn, or in a spot with a lot of shadow). The end result is a picture that seems illuminated a bit more brightly despite the low level of light, and a softer, more ethereal background. Try it out for yourself!
Give them captions to go with what’s happening in frame
One of the easiest things you can do to spice up your Instax photo collection is to scribble funny, entertaining or pithy captions on the white bottom borders of each photo. Instax prints are very similar to Polaroid ones in this regard. It doesn’t necessarily have to be witty or super awe-inspiring, just something you think that captures the mood or encapsulates what’s happening in the photo. If you can’t seem to think about anything, though, then just writing the date, time and place where the photo was taken along with your own thoughts or feelings about it should be enough. Your aim here is to provide context to the photo, to give it another dimension besides what’s being shown.
Make a Photo Garland Frame for your photos
If you’ve got quite a collection built up but you just can’t stand the idea of sticking them into a boring album, then you might want to look into making a photo garland frame for your best photos instead. This involves the use of an unused picture frame, some tough string, miniature clothespins, and frame hanging eyelets. Basically, what you want is to make miniature ‘clotheslines’ hanging across the frame using the string and the eyelets. From there, use the clothespins to ‘hang’ your favorite pictures. Hang up the frame with your pictures onto somewhere visible, like on a wall or on your mantelpiece, and presto! A fun way to showcase your best shots without it being tacky or messy.
Turn your best shots into a small flipbook
Gather up your favorite shots and punch a hole through the white uppermost border. String either a keyring or a ribbon through the hole and tie it off securely once you think you’ve added enough photos. Now you have a convenient way of storing your photos that makes it very easy to flip through them. You can even dress it up a bit by ensuring that all the photos in that flipbook has a specific overarching theme, or were taken from a specific time and place.
Make a heart mural out of them
Take your most cherished photos and stick them onto a blank spot of wall on your house or room in a heart formation—or something a little less mawkish for your purpose. This not only artfully arranges your photos but makes it easy for you—and anyone else visiting—to admire them at a glance. Just make sure not to use any kind of adhesive that could harm the paint or wallpaper you’re sticking your photos on. Something mild like painter’s tape is best.
Arrange them in your very own scrapbook
If you’re in a really creative mood and you’ve got enough art supplies handy, then you should definitely go for the ultimate in Instax photo activities: making your very own scrapbook with your best photos as the main feature. Get a journal or make your own, and start writing your own personal thoughts, feelings and intimate nuggets of wisdom down alongside your firmly affixed Instax mementoes. Feel free to add or affix trinkets, charms or other miscellany to make each page (or photo) that much more fleshed out or detailed, like perhaps a small seashell from the beach or a stamp from the city you’ve taken the photo from. The scrapbook is your canvas, and your photos are your colors. It’s up to you to bring them all into a cohesive and artistic whole, one that will no doubt impress once you put it up for display.
There are many ways to play around with your Fujifilm Instax Photos, with the six listed above only a handful of the possibilities out there. Feel free to crib from our list, or hash something out that’s completely original for your own. Whatever you decide, we’re sure it’s going to look absolutely magical. Just remember to have fun, and don’t take it too seriously!