instant camera

(redirected from Polaroid photography)
Also found in: Dictionary.

instant camera

A camera that takes and prints the photograph in one self-contained unit. For many decades, instant camera was synonymous with the Polaroid brand. For a while, Kodak offered an instant camera but was forced to stop production after Polaroid filed a patent infringement lawsuit. In the early 1980s, Fujifilm entered the instant camera market and has continued to offer products ever since.

How It Works
When a picture is taken, cyan, magenta and yellow color layers in the film are exposed to light. When it is pulled out of the camera, rollers squeeze a chemical strip at the edge of the film over the surface, which reacts with chemicals in the film to cause it to develop.


The First Polaroid
Invented in 1947 by Edwin Land, the Land Camera made its debut in 1948. (Image courtesy of PLR Ecommerce, LLC, www.polaroid.com)







Polaroid ZINK Camera
Starting in 2008, Polaroid cameras switched to the ZINK film technology. This camera prints 2x3" photos. See ZINK. (Image courtesy of PLR Ecommerce, LLC, www.polaroid.com)
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The activities feature a diverse spread of mediums, including animation workshops, Haiku walks, art auctions, Polaroid photography and Arabic calligraphy, and cover a range of subjects from visual arts, animation, design, new media, literature and poetry, music and performing arts and culture.
Rooney Mara - see Question 8 ANSWERS: 1 Rio de Janeiro; 2 Polaroid photography; 3 1978; 4 Thyroid; 5 Davy Crockett; 6 Sir Alec Douglas-Home; 7 Bob Beamon; 8 Kenya; 9 George Gershwin; 10 Gary Kasparov.
The talk will examine how the painting was constructed around the artist's memory, the influence of Polaroid photography and the Californian dream in the context of Hockney's early career.
In 1982 Hockney began to focus his attention on Polaroid photography and, inspired by Cubism.
The editor spoke about Warhol's career, his interest in Polaroid photography, and what the new collection was all about.