It has been a long time since I've given any serious attention to my little Fuji Instax camera. In part, I think, because I never really took the time to truly understand how to properly use it.

There's no autofocus. There isn't even really any ability to manually focus. In the standard mode, it's focused at about a meter. Put it into landscape mode, it'll do some sort of hyperfocal or infinity focus. There's also a macro button, when it'll focus at about a foot and a half.

After choosing one of these modes (or failing to choose one, if you just turn it on and shoot), the only way to get a reasonably sharp image (by the standards of instant film on a toy camera with a plastic lens, anyway) is to pay close attention to your distance from whatever you want to be in focus.

That's a fact I ignored for quite some time, and I lost interest in my little Instax camera, in part, because the images were so soft.

Well… turns out if you take a moment to pay attention to your gear, no matter how limited it might be, you might be able to get something good.

Of course, Instax film isn't meant to be enlarged, and by scanning these prints and putting them up, that's certainly what I've done. They won't look nearly as sharp as your typical iPhone photo, a print from 35mm, or from any high-end digital camera.

But these are all more sharp than I'd come to believe Instax was capable of, and I'm pretty happy with this little experiment.

All shot on Instax mini monochrome film, using an Instax mini 90 Neo Classic.

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