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Fujifilm Donates Anatomical Markers to Zambia

In Zambia, there is limited healthcare provision, and in particular a great need for radiology equipment, accessories and services. Brigitte Kaviani, Deputy Operations Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, has been working in collaboration with Zambian radiographers since 2017.

Brigitte works closely with Sydney Mulamfu, Head of Radiology at Livingstone Central Hospital, and together they have helped educate radiographers with a library of books donated from the UK.

The response from the UK radiology community to this project has been wonderful. Both radiology staff and UK companies have donated books, markers and equipment, but there is still a considerable need for further donations. I’m very grateful to Fujifilm for their contribution, every donation makes a huge impact.”

 Brigitte Kaviani

As well as helping to advance their radiology skills,the project also trains radiographers in basic first aid, so they can support their communities in emergencies. Anatomical markers and other medical devices are in short supply in the country, and over the last few years Brigitte has sourced hundreds of markers and radiology books, and has also helped supply crucial items healthcare equipment.

Fujifilm recently donated 100 anatomical markers to the project, and Brigitte delivered them to Sydney and his students earlier this year.

“We are delighted to have been able to help in a small way with the donation of anatomical markers for Zambia. We understand the desperate need in the country for healthcare equipment, and Fujifilm will be looking at how else we can support Zambian radiographers in the future.”

Steve Leatherland, Modality Business Unit Manager at Fujifilm

Halloween DIY: Have Fun While Staying Safe

Many thanks to instax UK for the inspiration and the shots! Check out their instax Blog to get even more inspirational instax DIY ideas.

Some Halloween traditions may look different this year, but it can still be a lot of fun. Celebrate the spookiest time of year safely with your family at home and make sure the only thing to be scared of is the costumes. Make it safe, keep it fun!
Here are some quick and easy tips to add a fun, creative edge using instax prints! Take the chance for you and the members of your household to get creative, and maybe even invent some new traditions for your family!

Toffee Apple Treat Tags

What you need:

  • 6 apples
  • 350g sugar (golden caster sugar or brown sugar)
  • 100ml water
  • 35g butter
  • 2tsp white vinegar
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • Baking paper
  • Wooden toffee apple sticks/lollipop sticks
  • Clear film or bagsSugar thermometer (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

How to create:

Clean your apples and dry them thoroughly.
Twist off each stalk and push a wooden stick into the stalk end of each apple.
Cut a piece of baking paper big enough for all the apples with generous space between them.
Put the sugar and water into a pan on a medium heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and then stir in the butter, vinegar and golden syrup.
TIP: If you have a sugar thermometer boil to around 120°C, or test the toffee by spooning a small amount into a bowl of cold water. If it’s ready it will ball up and harden; if it’s not, it will break up.
When it’s ready, turn off the heat.

Now you need to work quickly. Dip each apple into the toffee. Make sure it’s covered before taking it out – let any excess toffee drip off back into the pan. Place it on the baking paper to dry.
The apples should take around 15 minutes to fully dry, then it’s time to get wrapping and gift tagging.

Turn on your instax  Printer and connect your camera using the instax SHARE app.
Select a picture to print, click edit and rotate the image 180° so it looks upside down. This is so when you punch a hole in the top of the print, the gift tag hangs so the picture is the right way up (Important – never punch a hole into undeveloped film as the chemicals sit inside the wide white part of the film and will be harmful to your skin!).
If you don’t want to punch a hole, you can print as normal and stick the instax print to a piece of card and punch the hole in the card instead.
Wrap your toffee apple with film or place it in a film bag (stick upwards),
thread your ribbon through the hole in the print, then wrap it around the film and tie it in a bow.

Photo Piñata

Buy a spooky-themed piñata for your party. Fill it with sweets and instax pictures so it will be even more of a surprise when the winner smashes it open.

Pumpkin Carving

This is one Halloween tradition that is as safe and fun as ever – apart from carving injuries! So as always, please be careful with the knife!
Create some scary pumpkin faces and make it an unforgettable event with your family by taking some snaps with your instax camera.
TIP: Roast the pumpkin’s seeds for a healthy snack!

Ghoulish Goodie Bags

So no sweets and snacks get left behind, create personalised gift bags for your friends and surprise them. Choose some pictures from last year’s Halloween parties which have great memories for you and your friends, stick them to the goodie bags and decorate in Halloween bits. Hand out the candy bags by placing them in front of their door. So this is a way to still feel connected to your friends, even during COVID and by keeping distance.

7 Fun Ways Your instax Can Make You Smile

Many thanks to instax UK and Mollie Rose for the inspiration and the shots! Check out their instax Blog to get even more inspirational instax DIY ideas.

You are looking for some new ways to keep yourself entertained? Let’ s sit down on a sunday afternoon and explore some ways your instax camera can bring some laughter to your day.

1. Give your furry friend a moustache or a crown

To achieve this we used the instax mini LiPlay camera. Via the mini LiPlay App, you choose the frames you like the most and add them onto the ‘favourites’ so you could experiment (you’ll find the 1,2,3 buttons on the side of your mini LiPlay), and then position your furry friend to match up to them perfectly. Extra tip: A treat in front of the camera will get your pet posing.

2. Create abstract patterns and art with ‘boring’ random objects that you find in your house.

The top left image was taken when Molly rested her instax SQUARE SQ20 on her red sun lounger outside. We love how it created an obscure pattern with the grass peeking through the criss-cross pattern on the sunbed. The other images were achieved with water, ice, glass and a phone torch. Placing a phone torchlight shining underneath a glass illuminates it and ‘backlights’ whatever is in the glass. This is what creates the depth and gives your abstract image a cool aesthetic.

Using cranberry juice will create a gorgeous pink colour, and adding soda water will give you some bubbles. After that, add some ice, if you look carefully you can spy this in the top right and bottom left images.  The digital screen of the instax SQUARE SQ20 will help you to position and expose your abstract images. Have a look around your kitchen and see what you can create!

3. Print out your favourite old photos of your friends on the instax mini Link printer and post them for a surprise!

Do you remeber the last trip with your bestie or the best party ever you had together? Go through you phone and dicover your favourite old photos and make these memories last forever by printing them on the instax mini Link printer. And now you can put a smile on your friends’ faces.

4. Fancy partaking in a makeup or face paint challenge?

Reckon you could do your makeup or face paint in 5 minutes? Yep? What about when you’re only allowed to look into the teeny tiny instax selfie mirror on the front of most cameras!? It’s definitely harder than it seems! Snap a selfie afterwards and tag #InstaxSelfieMirrorChallenge.

5. Play a homemade game of Noughts & Crosses!

You can do this with any two themes of instant print images you choose. Give your opposition one theme whilst you take the other; these are your new Noughts & Crosses! And you know the rest…first to 3 in a row wins. In total, you’ll need 5 prints of each theme to play a full game.

6. Master a handstand without even trying!

Here you may have guessed that Mollies hands are her feet and her feet are her hands (…there’s also a football in her hood!). You may have seen the upside-down challenge on TikTok… why not try making it into an instant print too?!
By using the instax SQUARE SQ20 you can try it with the ‘timeshift’ mode. This breaks the scene up into 4 different images, moments apart. However, you can make regular prints on all the other instax cameras.

7. Play with perspectives!

Here you can see the tulip is the skirt! Just place the flower in the foreground of the camera (ensure you’re not too close so your instax camera still focuses on the foreground). Then let someone else, who takes the photo, direct you into position.

Have fun while trying all the creative features with your instax and enjoy your weekend with a lot of laughter!

Never Stop Printing

Printing never stops but unusual times require extraordinary approaches. FUJIFILM supports its partners in the local onsite printing business. Spread the news, let your customer know you are still open to receive orders. Engage on social platforms. Be creative. Join the community. #letthemknow #neverstopprinting

In these difficult times, many of us are looking for ways to help out our friends and neighbors who own and work in small businesses. We can’t forget the local photo retailers whom we’ve relied on to print our most cherished memories over the years. A lot of these shops are closed to customers during lockdown, their printers sitting idle. It doesn’t have to be this way.

We still need our photos printed, now more than ever. What better way to cope with the isolation that lockdown can bring than to share our lives with the people we care about?

We want to send postcards to friends to tell them how we’re doing. We want to make scrapbooks to relive our old memories, and hold onto the new ones that we’re making in these times. We want to break out of our boredom and have fun with prints on social media, sharing laughs and camaraderie with friends around the world because we’re all in this together. And please, give us something nice to hang on our walls, because we’re staring at them more than ever now.

These unusual times require extraordinary approaches. As a photo retailer, you can’t just wait for people to walk through your door. You must go to them. But how can you do this when the entire landscape has shifted so radically?

People can still send their images to you so that they can be printed. You don’t need a dedicated system to make things work in this new, thankfully temporary age. You can use email, SMS, or WhatsApp to transfer photos. Just figure out the payment option that works best for you and your customers, whether it’s bank transfers, PayPal, or something else. Then you can mail prints back to your friends and neighbors at home. Let them hold their memories and support you as a local business.

Your friends at Fujifilm want to help you, too. Let’s all work together as a community to remind the world that photo printing is both needed and available. Hundreds of thousands of people are already showing their support for their local businesses through social media and hashtags. Join them.

For information on how to join the global community of local photo retailers,
contact your local FUJIFILM partner.

#supportlocalphoto #letthemknow #weareopen #neverstopprinting