Using the filters on the Polaroid Now+ is rather simple. Three of the filters – orange, blue, and yellow – you simply place right over the lens, letting it snap in place.
The starburst and red vignette aren’t much different; all you need to do is make sure the filter sensor matches up with the tiny hole on those two filters. The filter will gently click into place with the hole matching the filter sensor.
After all, Polaroid film is its own class of film and reacts differently in different settings.
One thing I noticed – which I was expecting – is how much contrast the yellow and even orange filters added to the black and white film. With the yellow filter especially, the whites are much brighter and the blacks richer. You can see that with the orange filter as well, but not quite as exaggerated.
What I wasn’t expecting, was how cool the red vignette would look on black and white. The center of the image is bright where the filter is cut out, leaving a dream-like vignette as the image reaches the sides of the frame.
Using the Starburst and Color Filters on Color Film
And the sunburst filter is just downright cool. Shooting it in bright sunlight is so much fun! It adds such dramatic light streaks in the image.
I didn’t use all the color filters on the color film (didn’t want yellow or orange hues to my photos). But I did use the blue filter on a cloudy day. It made the sky such a lovely shade of cotton candy blue.
And the red vignette looks pretty cool on color with good light – almost gives the images a vintage look.
How I Plan to Use the Polaroid Now+ Filters Moving Forward
For color film, I’ll probably only ever use the starburst filter on the Polaroid Now+ – the photos are insanely dramatic when shot with light and/or flash.
Don’t expect to get crystal clear images with the starburst filter – but you can definitely expect something fun and bold.
For black and white film, I’ll probably stick with the red vignette. It’s probably the Holga lover in me, but that red vignette on black and white just made my heart pitter patter. The photos feel ethereal – similar to shooting high-contrast black and white film in a Holga.
Overall, the filters add to the fun. The Polaroid Now+ is one of those cameras I enjoy more and more every time I pick it up – adding filters to the lens amplifies that.
The best part? You instantly have a photo to hold after you snap your photo.