The Unique Beauty of 8×10 Polaroids

Large format photography is a vastly different way of shooting compared to 35mm or even medium format, but its results can be well worth the extra work. This awesome video follows the process of shooting 8×10 polaroids of strangers.

Coming to you from Willem Verbeeck, this interesting video follows the process of shooting 8×10 large format polaroids of strangers. Just to put it in perspective, the size of a full frame sensor is 36 by 24 mm, which equates to 864 square millimeters. The size here is 8 by 10 inches, which translates to 203.2 by 254 mm, which equates to 51612.8 millimeters. This means the polaroid negative is a whopping 59.7 times bigger than a full frame sensor, allowing for remarkable levels of detail and a look that simply cannot be replicated by 35mm sizes or ever the largest digital medium format sensors. Of course, on the other hand, shooting large format is wildly impractical compared to something like digital 35mm, but that is hardly the allure of it. Most photographers who shoot large format do it for the experience as much as the results, as the methodical, technical, and careful approach it demands can be really satisfying. Check out the video above to see more. 


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