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Polaroid Camera or DSLR? – Reviewing New Jessop’s Store in Nottingham

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Set Your Photos Free

In Paid Sponsorship With Jessop's

Do you remember the embarrassing baby photo albums?

Whilst visiting the new refit of the Jessop's camera and print store in Nottingham, we were shown the concept of their ethos. With the power of social media, we are a nation obsessed with sharing all our photos online. We are relying on our photos being stored online 

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Do any of you still print photographs?

I don't, which is weird considering I used to love creating photo albums - very DIY craft book with random bits and pieces stuck in.

After listening to the store concept at Jessop's, I loved to hear that they are make printing more accessible so we can cherish the memories instead of loosing track of them on social media.

I rely too heavily on time hop in the vein hope it will bring back hilarious memories from nights out with my friends to old holiday photos with family. 

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Talk To The Pros

Did you know that every member of Jessop's are photographers? Meaning you have a question about lenses, lighting, printing or composition, these guys are the ones to ask. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many enthusiastic photographers in one space all with knowledge of different cameras whether it was the Fuji Instax cameras or DSLR. 

Polaroid or DSLR?

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Benefits of Polaroids:

  • No editing
  • No second takes
  • No dog ear filters
  • No fake beautifying filters
  • Just real, in-the-moment captures
  • Print instantly to cherish 

Benefits of DSLR

  • Clearer photo quality
  • More control over settings (lighting)
  • Can photo fix afterwards 
  • Print to any scale
  • Share across social media and online

The truth is, I would recommend both. What's great about DSLR is you can edit, photo fix and share with multiple people. At Jessop's they had some pretty awesome ways to turn your photos into gifts such as puzzles (mum, expect a 1000 piece puzzle of my face for Mother's day). Your photo quality will always be better but in comparison there is something so special about capturing a raw moment.

It's a very hipster trend to have old 80's polaroids, especially any of you Stranger Things fans, and there is a huge range of he Fuji Instax cameras in all different colours. These are SO much fun to play with, and luckily the team in store can show you all the different settings and filters you can add to the lens. 

What I love about polaroids is the unedited version of the night. We had one at a Christmas house gathering and the photos we took were hilarious, candid and so much fun to look back on the next day. You seem to capture a much more real image that tells more of a story than the perfectly edited versions we tend to alter with DSLR.

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What are your thoughts?

Whether you have a polaroid, DSLR, or any other type of camera.... Let me know what you prefer and why.

In the meantime, be sure to visit the new Jessop's store on the highstreet in Nottingham. The fit out looks fantastic, encouraging you to take your time whilst visiting 'set your photos free' with their range of printing services available. 

Visit their website here for more information. Jessop's Website. 

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