Polaroid Zip Review Zink Instant Photo Printer

Remember the old Polaroid 600 Instant Cameras? “Shake it like a Polaroid Picture” was a real thing. (Sidenote: new Polaroid Pictures you should NOT shake. I did not know this.  Go ahead and google “Should I shake a polaroid picture”.  CNN and other media outlets warn not to shake the picture.  You learn something new every day don’t you?)

The image “never touches air, so shaking or waving has no effect,” the company said on its site. “In fact, shaking or waving can actually damage the image. Rapid movement during development can cause portions of the film to separate prematurely, or can cause ‘blobs’ in the picture.”

Anyhow, this is a hands on in depth review of the Polaroid Zip Zink Instant Photo Printer … which you don’t need to shake!  ZINK stands for Zero Ink Technology.  There’s no ribbons or cartridges, no ink, no smudge, just a perfect image in seconds.

Let’s talk about the Zink Zero Ink technology.  There’s a great article over at tectogizmo.com that explains What is Zink Zero-Ink Photo Printing and How Does it Work? A really excellent article and I recommend you read it.  Tons of information on what Zink is all about.  Now let’s look at the Zip Printer:


The photo printer is small and very portable. Comes in a couple different colors and is pretty much ready to go.  Nothing elaborate or difficult to assemble.  Unbox and start the process!

The printer paper is not a Polaroid Film, but rather Zink Smartsheet Photo Paper.  It’s easy to install, just ensure you have it the right way and load the Polaroid Zip with the Photo Paper the way you would any standard printer.  50 Sheets of Paper were very inexpensive as compared to what Polaroid actual film costs!!  It’s 2 inch by 3 inch and compatible with the Polaroid Snap, Snap Touch, Z2300, SocialMatic Instant Camera, as well as this Zip Instant Printer.  And there’s also “fun packs” with different bundles and combinations.  They are very affordable and a great alternative to the traditional Polaroid film.

Now, one minor thing to note, this Zip Printer came with a URL Scan Code that was supposed to take you to the iPhone App Store to download the application quickly and easily.  It did not work:

Don’t worry about that though.  I literally went into the iPhone App Store and just typed in Polaroid Zip and it came right up immediately.  The app is super easy to use, just import the picture you want to print, there’s a variety of stickers / emojis you can add – add text if you want – and once the image is how you want it, send it to the printer.  Connecting the app to the phone was easy, connects via Bluetooth – just search for the device and click connect.  Out of the box it’s ready to pair with your android or iPhone in seconds!

Once you send to the printer, in under 30 seconds you have a perfect image on the 2″x3″ Zink Paper that’s crystal clear and also the paper is peel and stick.  Yes, the entire photo is a sticker.  It’s borderless so it’s actually a bigger image than the Polaroid Film Prints – and much more versatile, too.   Quick and easy.  Oh and it’s FUN TOO.  Kids love making their own stickers and it’s inexpensive enough that you can let them do a bunch and not feel like you’re wasting a lot of money.

It makes a great addition to scrapbooks, photo albums, or use clips and build a little display with them!  Hang them in your room, office, or use at an event for decoration!

In summary, the Polaroid Zip Printer is a lot of fun to use, makes high quality Zero Ink (ZINK) images on small 2″x3″ peel and stick photo paper.  It’s economical, easy to use, versatile, and images come out in seconds.  It connects via Bluetooth to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  Deep vibrant color images that are smudge proof and long lasting.  It’s an incredible deal and makes the perfect gift for the hard to buy for people on your shopping list.

See this amazing little printer at: Amazon.com

 

Great iPhone Selfie Light

This Iphone Selfie LED Light is a game changer for taking selfies!!! You can select the type of light you want (warm or bright) and it makes a HUGE difference for selfies — especially in lower light conditions. It adds a good fill light in all lighting conditions. You can see from the pictures that it definitely works well. Battery life is LONG and easy to clip onto your phone and go. Great product!!

See it on Amazon.com

Rectangle Teak Wood Serving Tray Platter Legal Indonesian

First of all, let me say WOW. I was looking for a wood serving tray, either bamboo or teak wood and wanted something very elegant for presentation mainly of food items. I have a cooking / lifestyle show that I’m trying to launch and I wanted a tray or a board that I could present items on for camera photography. I needed something large enough so that it would consume the background of larger items and be beautiful enough that I could take high resolution images and have it look amazing.  That’s where Glitz Star comes in with their Rectangle Teak Wood Serving Tray Platter.

Now, the Amazon.com listing says it’s square.  It’s not.  It’s rectangle.  It’s a very large rectangle.  See the photo if you don’t believe me!  Its very large and very functional  It’s made of legal Indonesian Wood and bears the SVLK Certification.  If you’re not sure what that is, look it up.  It’s a MUST to use this type of wood.

The grain is rich and gorgeous, the mix of light and dark wood is perfect accent piece for any countertop, kitchen island, or otherwise.  The wood looks so good that you definitely would want to display this and not keep it in a cupboard or hide it and only use it for special occasions.  It’s absolutely perfect.   Not only is it working out perfectly for food photography but it’s also a very functional serving tray.  Easy to wash and clean.  Teak is a very durable wood that will last you for a lifetime!

Don’t take my word for it though, get a Teak Wood Serving Tray for yourself! It’s at a great price too.  I love mine!!!!

See the tray on Amazon

Classic Black 5×7 8×10 Picture Frame


If you love classic elegance with a modern twist, these Americanflat Black Picture Frames are a must for your house. They are rich looking, not goudy in any way — just straight up classic black wood with a nice finish to them. They’re not overly glossy which I like and they have a nice white mat which makes it easy to drop in your artwork or picture and have a beautiful piece to hang on your wall in seconds!

It comes with the standard mounting hardware and the back comes off easily so you can change the art or picture at any time with ease.

The best part of this black picture frame is the modern look which goes with any decor. Highly recommend this to anyone looking to hang a photo or art on their wall!

Here’s a lifehack tip. You can actually printed an inspirational quote you find online or even send it to a photo printer like Walgreens, Shutterfly, Walmart, etc. and print it to the size you want — put it in the picture frame, and it makes great inspirational quote wall art. It’s perfect. No need to go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls to find quotes. Just click. Print. and Voila.

This is a fantastic frame for the price. I highly recommend it!

See it at https://www.walmart.com/ip/Americanflat-8-x-10-Picture-Frame/48355748


Modern Americanflat 11×14 Black Picture Frame


If you love classic elegance with a modern twist, these Americanflat Black Picture Frames are a must for your house. They are rich looking, not goudy in any way — just straight up classic black wood with a nice finish to them. They’re not overly glossy which I like and they have a nice white mat which makes it easy to drop in your artwork or picture and have a beautiful piece to hang on your wall in seconds!

It comes with the standard mounting hardware and the back comes off easily so you can change the art or picture at any time with ease.

The best part of this black picture frame is the modern look which goes with any decor. Highly recommend this to anyone looking to hang a photo or art on their wall!

Here’s a lifehack tip. You can actually printed an inspirational quote you find online or even send it to a photo printer like Walgreens, Shutterfly, Walmart, etc. and print it to the size you want — put it in the picture frame, and it makes great inspirational quote wall art. It’s perfect. No need to go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls to find quotes. Just click. Print. and Voila.

This is a fantastic frame for the price. I highly recommend it!

See it at Walmart.com


Photage App To Make Wall Canvas Art


I had an opportunity to be a tester / first user of the Photage App for iOS Iphones from www.PHOTAGEit.com as part of a promotional trial.  They also offered me a free small print, which I have not taken advantage of, as of the writing of this review.

Let’s face it, wall canvas art is one of this year’s biggest hottest gifts.  You hear radio ads, you see internet web ads, everyone is trying to sell you wall art by turning your photos into canvas to hang on your wall.  At first glimpse, Photoage has a pretty cool app and their pricing is EXTREMELY attractive.  It’s a very good price point and they offer a ton of size options – more than I’ve seen anywhere.  So that’s a huge plus!  I haven’t actually ordered them yet, but I do have some issues with their app.

It seems when I try and select 4 photos – it automatically pulls 4 photos from my camera roll – and then I try and change/swap them – the app crashes on me.  I have an iPhone 7 running the current latest iOS software.  I update all my apps regularly so there’s no updates this app needs.

They have some good tools to build your canvas with a good app, if it didn’t crash on me.  The canvas pricing is pretty good with lots of choices in sizes.  I cannot comment on the actual quality of the canvas, but I will be getting one made as part of this promotion — I’ll come back and update my review when I do.

If I had to give it a star rating, it would be 4 out of 5 — if they fix their issues with the app, It would be 5/5 for sure.  Maybe it’s the newest iOS software, maybe it’s the fact that it’s an iPhone 7.  I don’t know.  But they should really fix it before they go full on prime-time with it.  Maybe you won’t have an issue with it…. or maybe it’s just the 4 picture option.  I have no idea!

UPDATE: I just did order the small free canvas that they offered me.  Ordering was very easy and quick.  I received an email saying my Photage Order is on it’s way within 4-7 business days.  Pretty quick!!!