Photobooth Opening On Valencia

Last night we headed to Photobooth, a brand new studio in the Mission District that features all things Polaroid. The first thing that drew my eyes as I entered the studio were these amazing, 4×5 blow ups of tintype portraits at the back of the studio:

The place was jam packed when we first arrived. With free food, drinks, and music going, this turned out to be a great Saturday evening hangout. The shop wasn’t set up for selling retail items just yet, but we had with us an old Polaroid camera that we found somewhere the house. Brought it to one of the owners, a really cool guy, who assured me that he has the film I need and can show me how to use the thing (you can see Bridget holding it above).

The retail store will be selling all sorts of Polaroid films from the Impossible Project, as well as Lomography gear and items created by local artists:

Speaking of local artists, we had a blast meeting other photographers there, including the Lomo expert below who stabbed me in the eye with a yard stick to make sure I was in focus. Now that’s what I call a rangefinder! Ok she didn’t really stab me….nice meeting you Amy. =)

Even ran into someone who had the Russia Day limited edition L-CA+. Then there was the guy who stuck his macro lens equipped DSLR into a tube connected to an older camera. Very interesting.

The center of attention back inside the studio was the Polaroid rig, a beautiful piece of equipment indeed:

I ordered up a tintype portrait of Bridget and watched the photographer do his thing:

It was all over in seconds, and the print went to the back to develop and dry off:

Looks pretty hot if you ask me! I’d love to get a 4×5 blow up of this image. Such a cool experience! I’ll definitely be back here to get some Polaroid film, and I’m pretty excited that we have a shop like this in San Francisco now.

All Images: Fuji X100 (Provia/Astia)

Photobooth SF
1193 Valencia Street @ 23rd.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Wed- Th 1-8, Fri – Sun 1-9

28 thoughts on “Photobooth Opening On Valencia

  1. Looks good…..I see he is shooting with a Sinar. That is a special world.. I really like that for large format.

  2. This looks like such a cool place. Really dig the huge tintype prints. Gotta to check it out!
    (before they start doing retail or else I have to make myself go without bringing my wallet)

  3. Michael- one of the owners- is formerly of Rayko and there couldn’t be a nicer guy or anyone more passionate about tintypes. So happy for him and his partners.

  4. Your indoor shots are really amazing… really well balanced exposed.

    I wish i can shoot the way u did..

    Thanks for sharing..

  5. Great job covering your experience here. You must have felt like a kid in a candy store! Looks like an amazing place indeed. Are those two people on the left in the last photo having a dance battle? πŸ˜‰

    1. Hah, yes, the totally are. =)

      Thanks for the comments everyone! Will hopefully have some real polaroids to share after visiting the Photobooth retail store this week. =)

  6. you missed food festival but the photobooth opening was fun, too! my hubby and I went there after, but it was so crowded, we lost our patience…
    funny thing…you and your wife passed us by when we were seating on a bench in front of Beretta, her polaroid camera caught our attention, and when I saw your photos I realized it was you two πŸ™‚

    1. Ah, that was you in front of Beretta? I’m pretty sure I remember seeing you now. It’s funny, we were kind of on the fence about going to the food festival because of the crowds, and yet we ended up being packed in with a bunch of people at the overcrowded Photobooth. =)

  7. Jonathan,
    Thanks for the great photos of this wonderful event. Vince is my best friend – from junior HS! – and I couldn’t fly out from NYC to attend. Thanks for the opportunity to glimpse what went on.

  8. Hello Jon,

    Good day to u..

    May i know which X100 exposure metering mode (multi, average or spot) u used for above photobooth pics? thanks ..

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