Fuji Instax Mini 8 Review Tips and Tricks

I’lll be making my summer Instax. I teamed up a few weeks back with Fuji Instax to giveaway one of their Mini 8’s and now I wanna talk you about how this generation is going back to film. I’ll also be sharing some of best tips and tricks for getting the most out your film cameras.

fuji instax mini 8 review

Some of you may of been aware that before and throughout blogging I’ve been a photographer and still currently in uni dusting off my degree and hoping to go for a masters, so I generally know alot about cameras and love playing with different formats.  Film will always be an extension of my passion, it’s like buying vinyl, no matter how good digital recordings are the crackle that comes from an analogue format will undeniably reign over and spike the nostalgic braincells that just doesn’t come from listen to something on an mp3 file. 

Snapping the summer of love with a Fuji Instax

But anywhom, not all of us have expert photographic knowledge and handle the complexities of changing film, developing and all that darkroom good stuff. Whereas the Fuji Instax Mini 8 makes documenting those adventures a breeze and enjoyable. You literally pop in the film, take your first photo to remove the plastic that covers the film and shazam! You are ready! 

Blogger Fuji Instax Mini 8 Blue festival photos


Embroidered Kimono * // Long Tall Sally

Halter Neck Striped Top * // Primark

High Waisted Mom Jeans // Topshop

Yellow Shoulder Bag * // Boden

Chunky Platform Lace Up Brogues * // Very

Ray Ban Sunglasses * // The Sunglasses Shop

Pink pastel hair fuji instax camera

What I love about this nifty camera is that it comes in a variety of pastel shades, it’s so much more handbag friendly than other cameras. About 6 years ago I bought my first Instax, I got the Instax Wide which produces massive photos which unfortuntely meant I was practically carrying around another bulky DSLR whereas the Mini 8 is roughly the size of my purse making it perfect to take on day trips. 

Fuji Instax Mini 8 Blue Review

The photos themselves are similar to the Polaroid format with the white frame, Polaroid nowadays costs a small fortune for less than 10 shots, whilst per photo works out less than £1 (bargain!) After you’ve adjusted your lighting with the dial on the front and framed your shot in the viewfinder, hit the shutter button and the picture will pop out the top, allow at least 5 minutes for development.

These cameras are widely available so snap up an Instax here or here!

Taking photos with a Fuji Instax Camera


Put the photo straight into your bag so it can develop truly, in case of any light leaks and the contrast and colours turn out better.

If you want cooler looking shots, put the photo in the fridge for 10 minutes, and for warmer leave it out in the sun.

Do not, I repeat DO NOT ‘shake it like a polaroid picture’ it’s incredibly damaging to the longevity of the photo and also the ink rolls around and blurs the photo into blobs, it doesn’t promote development (if I had a penny for every time someone did this).

Store your photos away from sunlight if you want them to last years.

Get in closer as the focal range is 2-8ft, but most of all just have fun and experiment!

Cute pastel Polaroid dupe camera

Throughout the summer I’ll be sharing all my snaps so head over to my Twitter and Instagram to see my #StephisSummerOfInstax

Do you have a Fuji Instax Mini? 

Share some of your photos or tell me what you like about these adorable cameras! 


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  1. June 15, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Aw you look super cute in this outfit! And I love your wild, gorgeous flowing hair as always. I used to love my polaroid camera but it was so huge, it took up a lot of space in my bag. This instax sounds like a really good option for those looking to get in to the more traditional photography but in a modern, up to date way, I'm definitely on the eye out for one!
    Bee xxx

  2. June 15, 2015 / 11:16 am

    I have the purple Instax mini, I love it, I can't wait to take it to festivals with me this summer! Those tips are really helpful as well, I love how different temperatures make the photo develop differently. And I'll definiely be putting them straight in my bag instead of holding them out in the light and watching them develop from now on. Really love your outfit too!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  3. June 15, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    I want one so bad!!! I love the pastel colors and soon I got to get one! I can't wait to see all the pics you take with your background in photography I know the pics will be amazing!!!! I love your outfit and just the overall color palette of your pictures! You are gorgeous!!!

    Jasmine 🙂

  4. Polly
    June 15, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    these look so fricking cute must be great taking pictures with! xxx

  5. June 15, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Look at the photos, colors and everything… Amazing post! Thanks for the tips. I immediately follow your instagram to catch up the photos!

  6. June 15, 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Love your outfit. A fuji instax is on my wishlist!!

  7. November 17, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Cute, I love Pink& Blue

  8. April 17, 2017 / 4:59 pm


    I do have one, actually it’s baby blue like yours and it’s great for events and parties. I also took it with me on my travel to Paris. Scroll through my feed on Insta and Facebook to see more!❤️



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