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- Overall photo appears too bright or overexposed
- Entire photo is affected
This is an issue which can have many possible causes. The most likely ones include:
- Not properly shielding your photo after exposure
- The camera’s lighten/darken slider being positioned too far towards lighten
- Shooting in low temperature conditions
- The subject being too close while shooting with flash
- the built-in-flash will only be effective at a range from 3 to 8 ft. - closer than this and your subject may become too bright
How to avoid:
Polaroid Originals film works best between 55 – 82°F (13 – 28°C). Below this range (e.g. in colder weather) your images may come out overexposed. Full article: How temperature affects Polaroid film.
Polaroid Originals film is sensitive to light during the first few minutes of development. It’s important to keep your photo shielded from light until the image has fully emerged and begun to settle. Full article: Shielding your photos from light
Always start with your camera’s exposure compensation control positioned in the middle, to let your camera decide which exposure is best. If your photos consistently come out overexposed, you may want to push the exposure compensation control towards black/darken. Full article: Lighten / Darken Control: how and when to use
When shooting a subject at close range with flash, always ensure that they are at least the minimum distance away from you. This distance differs between camera models, but at least 3 ft. (1 meter) is a good rule of thumb.