The Impossible Instant Lab Review
The Impossible Project was founded in 2008 out of a desire to save from extinction, the very last factory in the world still manufacturing Polaroid instant film. In an effort to inspire a generation of snap-happy iPhone photographers to do more with their digital images the company turned to Kickstarter a couple of years ago to fund a project that would allow people transform their iPhone photos into instant photographs.
I was around 6 years old the first time I used Polaroid camera after I found my father’s dusty old Polaroid™ 600 when I was rummaging through boxes in the loft. I became captivated by the concept of taking a photo and holding it in my hands seconds later, which sparked a love in photography I hold to this day. And whilst digital photography has changed the way we take photos by letting us see what we’ve captured instantly; it doesn’t compare to the magic of holding a Polaroid print in your hand and watching as the image surfaces before your very eyes. The Impossible Instant Lab re-creates the magic of Instant Photography by transforming the photos on your iPhone (or iPod Touch) into a real, unique analog instant print that develops in front of your eyes.
Impossible Instant Lab Specifications
The Instant Lab works in conjunction with the free Impossible Project app, which allows you to play around with different exposure times and provides access to their mobile shop if you need to order more film. The Lab itself is easy-to-use and works with iPhone 4/4S/5/5S and iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation; select a photo and position your phone securely on the cradle, pull the shutter slide out, then back in and hit eject – as simple as that. The App guides you through the whole process to achieve the best results but allows you to tweak settings. The hardware features a collapsible design for convenient transportation and storage, and can also be used to re-scan your instant photos. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery and comes with a USB power-supply.