Poladroid: Relive the Moment

So if you haven’t realize it yet, I’m not the most savvy person in photo editing. I’d love to learn how to use Photoshop but I feel like the only way I will really learn it is by taking a class! I find that’s the easiest way for me to learn anything these days… yes, I’m in my mid-20s but I still need hand holding. The extent of my photo editing knowledge has been Picasa editing, which consists of “I’m Feeling Lucky”, “Auto Contrast”, and “Auto Color”, oh, and cropping too! Lately, I’ve really been obsessed with all things vintage and that also includes photos! So for all of you photo editing handicapped individuals like myself, I have the perfect online tool to make your photos look vintage – Poladroid!

Remember back when we were kids , using Polaroid cameras and buying those huge film cartridges were the THING to do? This is back when digital cameras were super expensive and not something that was a part of every household like it is now. Polaroids were the only way to see how your pictures looked, instantly (well maybe after 2 minutes of shaking)! And the pictures generally were not the clearest of things, had a bit of yellow hue, and were dark around the edges. Well, I think this look is perfectly in line with what probably a Photoshop Action Set called “Vintage” would give you (but mind you, I am still Photoshop challenged). Anyhow, the Poladroid application can help recreate this look on any of your online photos. It is a program that you’ll need to download to your computer (don’t worry, it doesn’t take up a lot of memory). Basically all you have to do is drag and drop your photo onto the Polaroid camera image and then you wait for your photo to develop (takes approximately 3-4 minutes). They say you can “shake” it like a Polaroid picture as well which entails clicking on the image and moving your mouse around, but I’m not quite sure if this really speeds up the process or not. You can right click on the photo at any point during the processing time and click on “I want a sample now!” I really like this feature because I think some photos look more “vintage” when not fully developed. Also, the results will vary each time, creating random Polaroid like color variation. Perfectly imperfect. 🙂

Last Monday morning as I was on my way to Minneapolis for a business trip I took a picture while in the air. The sun really does come out every day… we just don’t always see it!

Here’s the original picture I took paired with the finished Polaroid look.

And here’s a look at how the photo developed, in approximately 30 second intervals. I’m kind of digging these last two pictures more than the finished one.

And while I was at it, I decided to Poladroid some other travel photos I’ve taken in the past couple of years. Many of these are the non fully developed photos because I thought they looked better that way.

St. Martin/St. Marteen
September 2008

My parent’s timeshare needed to be used by the end of the year. My husband and I said, we’ll take it!

New York
October 2008

Lady Liberty doing her thing.

Bahamas Cruise
January 2009

Cruising is a biennual activity that my A.Crew friends and I like to do. Midnight chocolate buffet, yes please!

January 2009

I did not stop at the Red Light.

Hong Kong / Taiwan
April 2009

Sightseeing, shopping, glamour shots, visiting old friends, eating, milk tea with mini bubbles.

April 2009

It was my last crazy, fun celebration of singledom!

May 2009

This is the Museum in which I was wed. <3

May 2009

This is where we honeymooned. Oh how I wish I was back there now!

July 2009

Gelato, please come back to me!

September 2009

Oh how I miss the food.

November 2009

Was quite the 24 hour layover.

November 2009

This was considered my second home last year and is the reason I have status on Delta. This is probably my favorite Poladroid out of all of them!

Pretty cool, huh?? Now you go try it!


  1. February 22, 2010 / 10:36 am

    what a cool application! thanks for sharing. i think it’ll be a fun thing to play with. 😉 i’m with ya on picasa and photoshop too — that’s the extent that i do everything with as well! hahhaa… i’m the same way. i need to take a class in order to learn. i just need to be shown — because if i try researching and doing it myself off the internet, it’s not gonna work. 🙂 which is why i had to take the photography class too!

  2. February 22, 2010 / 11:41 am

    i LOVE poladroid! what amazing places you have traveled to!

  3. Cynthia
    February 22, 2010 / 11:45 am

    I love the Italy one! The CA one looks like right out of the 80s! Great job! 😀

  4. February 22, 2010 / 11:46 am

    Thanks for sharing that! SO FUN! You have some great images and memories there. I really love the vintage, polaroid look.
    I have started using “toy” 35mm cameras, complete with light-leaks and plastic lenses – and it’s been a blast: achieving that vintage look the old fashioned way. My sister teased me recently by hinting that she’s giving me a real-deal polaroid cam for my birthday, and now I can’t wait to get it! 🙂

  5. February 22, 2010 / 12:33 pm

    Ooooh, cool! You travel to quite a lot of beautiful places!

    Thanks for sharing these!

  6. February 22, 2010 / 1:05 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! Love the vintage look!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, I used a bokeh texture that givces the little sparkling in the photo.


  7. February 22, 2010 / 1:44 pm

    Love these pictures. I have to do this!

  8. Tiffany
    February 22, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    Sandy! Love love love this post! I especially like the last one with the camel. How exotic! I really want to try this now 🙂

  9. tin
    February 22, 2010 / 6:30 pm

    love this post sandy! i <3 vintage looks as well, this is a really cool thing that i want to try out! my fave pic here is of the "vintage" bubble tea LOL

  10. Sooae
    February 22, 2010 / 8:15 pm

    soooo cool!!! love it!!!

  11. February 22, 2010 / 11:53 pm

    I love POLADROID! These turned out beautifully, Sandy! xo

  12. February 23, 2010 / 2:53 am

    yes! lovely, lovely post!
    LOVE poladroid!

    thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words sandy!

    hope your sewing class and painting was amaaaazing.

    spring is coming! in due time.


  13. February 23, 2010 / 8:30 pm

    Wow~ such awesome pics! I love polaroids! You’ve been to so many amazing placed~ so lucky!

  14. February 24, 2010 / 12:00 am

    Way cool!!! Thanks for sharing. Gonna go download now! You took some really great shots and you are quite the world traveler!

  15. February 24, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    Oh no!! Now I’m obsessed with this app!! Thanks for the share!!

  16. February 26, 2010 / 12:32 pm

    You had one heck of a busy year! How fun to travel to all those places (and great some GREAT photos!) I love the camel the best.

  17. February 27, 2010 / 2:04 pm

    These are amazing!!!!!

  18. February 28, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    These are so, so beautiful! Love them.

    Also, check out the “ShakeItPhoto” iPhone app, which also does Faux-loraid pics!


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