pia + poladroid = too much fun!!
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos December 18th, 2008 by piablog

The title of this post is not a misprint… did you catch it? Yes, I said ‘polaDROID‘ as opposed to ‘polaROID’. And what is polaDROID? It is the COOLEST THING EVER!! The suspense of telling you about this little gadget has been killing me all week. I wanted to tell you straight away but decided to play with my amsterdam wandering photos in poladroid-style first to see how it works and to see if I like it enough to share it all with you. And the answer is YES I DO. Take a look at the above image I took with my canon digital camera on a wander along the prinsengracht, and then take a look at the one below…

What do you think? I’m in love with it! I added the writing like a real polaroid. I do still like digital and original film of course! but I love having this option – I’ve been playing with it all week. And when you install this little machine it mimics the sound of a polaroid, and spits out your picture and you have to wait for it to develop – you can even shake it to speed up the developing process! It is so much fun.

SO how do you do it? Well thus far this FREE little piece of equipment is only available on macs (pc users will have to wait as apparently the man who invented this is currently working on a version for you too). Although it is free I do highly recommend you donate, even a dollar, as the guy deserves every penny! Anyway, you can download it here, just follow the instructions. and have fun! You will be poladroiding to your hearts content…

…another little bit of magic is that you can develop the photos at different stages so you can get different exposures. How cool is that? If you download it and use it let me know, I’d love to see your results.


Next Up: our final amsterdam wander in the very dark of night. without the aid of poladroid this time. you will definately need your warm woolies for this wander!

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  1. trupeach says

    wow! so much fun. i downloaded and tested it out straight away. here is my first droid: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13818098@N00/3117726883/

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  2. pia says

    wow trupeach, you are quick!! i love those apples – how much fun is it?! don’t you love the sound it makes?

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  3. bri says

    what a great alternative, since polaroid stopped printing their film. I stocked up, but I’m sure it’s never enough.

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  4. nadia says

    I love it did it!!!! merci pia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this is way to much fun!!!!!!!!!

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  5. trupeach says

    yes, i love the sound. and being able to shake!

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  6. Maia says

    Dude. My husband is going to have a cow. That is so, so cool! Going to play….

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  7. sherrieg says

    Ooooh, thank you, Pia! I can’t wait to try it!

    December 18th, 2008 | #

  8. sofia says

    wow such a funny thing, love love it 🙂 thanks

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  9. Stephanie says

    Oh mr.inventor. Do make that pc version quickly. It’s looks so fun.

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  10. kosenrufu mama says

    love your pictures!!!!

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  11. Charlie says

    Thank you so much for this. I can’t wait to play. I also loved your interview with Australian Edge !?!.

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  12. Emily says

    I agree I really like the Polaroids. They are so romantic.

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  13. Yoli says

    Pia, I just love everything you do.

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  14. Stefanie says

    WOW, WOW Double WOW!
    I have enough of a hard time being distracted in Blogland. This is going to be a very fun indeed.
    Have a peek at my test pic on:

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  15. Jen Bradford says

    Thanks for sharing this – so fun.
    How did you add the handwriting?

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  16. Heidi says

    oh oh oh! Thank you for sharing! I’m off to download now!

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  17. Catharina says

    I also just recently discovered Poladroids and also coincidently posted one today, before seeing your post. I found your blog a few days ago and have really been enjoying the Amsterdam photos!

    Here are my Poladroid posts (sorry for the long links!):



    December 19th, 2008 | #

  18. baphometh says

    My heart is palpitating to the sound of a polaroid!

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  19. a says


    thank you

    I did 6-7 pics & then it told me that “the cartridge had run out and that I need to relaunch??!”

    Any suggestions??

    If I make a donation do you think this wont be a problem?

    Also how do you add text? I couldnt work out how to do that

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  20. Lily says

    This is really fun…. great idea Thanks

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  21. Laura says

    Oh, this looks like too much fun. Damm that we don’t have a mac, Can’t wait for the pc version

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  22. Tilda B. Hervé says

    That’s too cool!! My personaly christmas gift this year!! Thank you so much!!! (first testpic on my blog…:-))

    December 19th, 2008 | #

  23. nyla says

    omg, pia, this is addictive. i just poladriod-ed about 20 photos. i will be using this all the time. thank you!

    love the houseboat pic – absolutely dreamy.

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  24. E says

    Yes! I discovered it a couple of weeks ago – how fun! I can’t stop! I even just like listening to the sound it makes. I save on my actual polaroid so much (because film is terribly expensive!), so this provides me with much polaroid satisfaction.

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  25. Cherry Coloured» Blog Archive » poladroid (!) says

    […] packing) transforming old photos of mine into “Polaroids” using POLADROID. Go over to Pia’s for the details about this free download for Macs. So much fun! I’m obsessed and feeling a […]

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  26. Adrienne says

    Thank you for writing about this! I downloaded the ‘droid’, which was super easy and I’ve already experimented on some pictures, so fun although I will say I’m also having trouble adding text…

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  27. Hila says

    First of all, that is a stunning photo you took. And secondly, I love this! I wish my computer was a mac now.
    Happy holidays to you 🙂

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  28. caitlin says

    Pia, Thanks so much ! I was so sad I couldn’t use my polaroid camera anymore – this is wonderful!!

    December 20th, 2008 | #

  29. Lune says

    I got here through Nyla, this sounds so cool, going to download it now and have a go! your photo is so atmospheric…..
    Love the blog btw,
    Lune x

    December 21st, 2008 | #

  30. Poladroid « Portrait of a Lady says

    […] Stumbled upon via Pia Jane Bijkerk. This is an AMAZING application it seems but they have yet to release a Windows version, so I […]

    December 22nd, 2008 | #

  31. Nicole says

    I’m so excited about this I can hardly stand it! And good news to us PC users – there is a Beta version now available for download! YEAY!

    December 31st, 2008 | #

  32. Irene says

    Good news for everyone without a Mac: PC-version is available!

    December 31st, 2008 | #

  33. Kazmic says

    What a great idea! Love your photos by the way – just beautiful.

    February 4th, 2009 | #

  34. » polaDroid, je t’aime says

    […] I first learned of Poladroid over at Pia Jane Bijkerks perfect blog, which you can see here  and here…But have only just now taken it for a test drive myself, and it is, in fact, quite addictive. […]

    February 11th, 2009 | #

  35. Jantine says

    Found out about Poladroid through your blog….Was looking for such a thing a long time…I love it! Use it now also on my blog for my selfmade pictures…Thanks!

    April 7th, 2009 | #

  36. apri says

    awesome! i love it! but how do you put the text/writing on the poladroid?

    December 22nd, 2009 | #

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