Perfect Your Portraits | instax Instant Photography

Perfect Your Portraits

If you love capturing portrait pics then here are a few tips to help you get the most from your instax prints.

In The Frame

One of the things to consider is your framing; you can capture long-shots to photograph your subject within a beautiful location and to show off the whole of their outfit; mid-shots to capture more details; and/or close-ups which focus on your subject’s face.

Follow The Rules

You’ll also want to think about the position of your subject in the frame. In photography, the rule-of-thirds tells us to picture a grid of nine squares and frame our subject within a third of the frame. This could mean leaving space to the side or above your subject. Think about if you want your subject to be looking straight at the camera or looking out into the distance.

Back It Up

Of course, the focus of your image is your subject, but try to find a pleasing or interesting background. This could be flowers or a hedge, a brick wall or a garden fence, or something bold and punchy such as street art.

Creative Cameras

instax cameras were made for capturing spontaneous and special moments, and shooting portraits to your heart’s content! Discover some of the special features that we love for portraits.



The instax mini 9 is a clever little camera that will automatically detect the light in your surroundings, whether you’re indoors or outdoors in bright sun, or out on a cloudy day.
Turn your camera on then wait a few seconds to see which symbol is lit up on the front of the camera, then twist the dial on the lens until it’s lined up with the recommended setting.


With a high-performance flash, the instax mini 70 is a master of light. The flash automatically measures the brightness of your surroundings and adjusts the shutter speed of the camera so you can capture bright subjects and backgrounds even in dark scenes. It’s also got a special selfie mode to help you capture stunning self-portraits.


When shooting portraits with the instax mini 90, you can easily correct underexposed images, which is usually when they look too dark; or overexposed images, which are too light – all using the L/D button. With the camera turned on, press the button once to select L, which will lighten your image if it is coming out too dark, press it again to select L+ to make the image even brighter, and press it a third time to select D, to darken the.

Here is an example of images taken with the L, L+ and D settings

The two images below were taken without flash and then with flash

And finally, the pictures below show a portrait taken with the flash, with the second image taken with the flash on and the D setting selected.
The subject’s face is better exposed in the second image.


The SQUARE SQ10’s filters make it so easy to get more creative. Turn on your SQ10 and press the filter button. With command dial, scroll to browse through the filters; you’ll see a live preview in your frame. Once you’ve chosen your filter, press the MENU OK button and then take your shot. Alternatively, flick the switch on the side to manual and you can apply the filters after you’ve taken your shots and then print your favourites.

The kit

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