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2012: The Year in Instagram (Q1)

by Jamie Sanford on December 21, 2012

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

January

Shopping while Will waits for me to try things on.

The first of many trips to The Met.

Inventoried camera and found my Polaroids!

I also showcased my solution to not having prescription sunglasses.

February

First drag show of 2012.

Lincoln Center during Fashion Week. It was freezing!

Got to spend time with Mariel though, and her husband Jeff. I miss her and wish we could hang out more often.

I was steadily building a fort at the office with product samples.

Bacon lip balm was a TERRIBLE idea. Ew.

Dinner with Will and his parents at Plataforma Churrascuria. If you are looking for a delicious meal in midtown NYC, go there.

I definitely don’t have pants that say “nice.”

March

I love my deer so much. Also, RuPaul’s Drag race on the TV.

I hadn’t been to 41 Madison in a while, but had to start my traditional run of Flatiron photos.

Another trip to the Met.

One week in March, 3 visits to 41 Madison.

Dad came to visit, and did I take a picture of him and I? No. But I did take a pretty picture of the blooms while he and I were at the zoo.

March marked the start of my documentation of my fortune cookies.

Quarter 2 coming soon.

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iPhone Photo Prints – Printstagram Miniprints Product Review

I wish I remembered how I was introduced to the Printstagram service, but as soon as I saw it, I was really excited, as I have been all over Instagram since I got my iPhone.  (Follow my photos on Twitter here.) Since I have loved Polaroid for a long time (I have at least 2 Polaroid cameras and am hoarding the film I have left), I was excited at the prospect of taking my cute Instagram photos and getting hard copies of them, so I ordered the Printstagram miniprints.  Also, they look totally cute in the picture above.

My main issue with Printstagram at this point is the speed of shipping and lack of shipping options.  I ordered and paid $6 for shipping to a US address.  I ordered on July 29th, and received my prints on August 15th.  The Printstagram website does warn that orders take 2-3 weeks, but I think it’s unreasonable to not offer expedited service if someone is willing to pay for it.  I’m assuming that Printstagram will be working on additional options in the near future.  They are shipping product from China, so I can imagine that expedited shipping will be pricey.

Here’s a shot of my little box of 48 Printstagram miniprints.  The quality of these is not exactly what I expected – but I spent part of yesterday scanning over 100 Polaroids from my own collection, so the feel of Polaroids was fresh in my mind.  These are solid and matte, as they are simply printed cards.  It’s not shown here, but the back looks like a Polaroid, in shades of gray, which is a really nice touch from Printstagram for the miniprints.  The stock quality is quite good, they are stiff and should hold up to some abuse, and the colors look very true to the original photos.

Here’s a photo I took of some of the prints, with a regular-sized Sharpie next to them so you can get an idea of scale.  While there are pictures that can be used for scale on the Printstagram website, I still was a bit surprised by the smallness of the prints.  I can’t blame anyone else for that but myself though.

Overall, I do still wish that I had received these faster, but I am very happy with what I received.  Printstagram also offers other products including a poster, stickers, minibooks and tinybooks.  They are all very cute but they will all take a few weeks to arrive.

What I would like to do now is to try a number of other Instagram printing services – I am especially intrigued by Artflakes and Instamaker, so I’ll have to try those next.

My set of 48 miniprints from Printstagram cost $12 + $6 shipping.

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Photography Gift: Fujifilm Instax Mini with Film

by Jamie Sanford on November 9, 2010

Regardless of this being the age of digital, instant cameras are still really cool.  I have 2 Polaroid cameras and only a limited amount of film left for them.  You can buy Polaroid film now, but it is very expensive.

I am interested to hear more about what Lady Gaga is going to be doing with Polaroid, I hope she gets them to bring back some of the old-school Polaroid products.

For now, I’d like you to meet the Fujifilm Instax.


The images that are delivered are about the size of a credit card, so keep in mind that these will be smaller than traditional instant photos.

I know a lot of people who would love this.  Kids, teens, lovers of instant gratification.  I love the idea of having a photobooth at an event that you make yourself, and using a camera like this would be a great way to keep it easy and let everyone take a photo home with them.

This particular combo of the Fujifilm Instax Min and 5 packs of film (100 photos) is available for $144.07 from Amazon.

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