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Film Photography: 5 Tips for Beginners – CamCrunch



I have been shooting film for almost a year now and wanted to share some of the thing that I have learned to those of you that are also starting your journey with film photography. Here are my 5 tips for film photography beginners.

Try Different Films
Each film stock has its own characteristics. Some films have a neutral tone, while other are more contrasty. Some films are naturally warmer than others. You might also want to try different black and white film stocks. Trying different types of film will help you find out which kind is best for the type of photography that you shoot.

Shoot A Lot
When you’re only just starting to shoot film, gaining confidence in what you’re shooting will go a long way. I recommend going through a trial and error process when you’re starting off to learn the in and outs of your camera and the film that you are shooting. You might have to spend a bit of money to buy a lot of film, but it will save you a lot of money and frustration in the future.

Learn To Develop Film
Learning to develop your own film can save you money as you don’t have to pay a lab for their time and labor. Developing your own film also gets you more involved in the physical process of creating an image; one of the beautiful aspects of shooting film.

Find a Good Lab
If you’re not developing and scanning your own film, you’ll want to find a lab that processes film well. Capturing a great photograph is only half the battle when you’re shooting film. Developing and scanning your film properly is a large part of the process, and can make or break an image if not done properly.

Try Shooting Different Film Formats
Shooting with film give you a great opportunity to try using different film formats. When compared to digital, medium format cameras and films are dirt cheap. Some people end up preferring shooting with larger formats, but unless you try it out first, you’ll never know.

I hope that these 5 tips help you guys that are just beginning your journey with film!

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Film Photography: 5 Tips for Beginners
Film Photography: 5 Tips for Beginners
Film Photography: 5 Tips for Beginners
Film Photography: 5 Tips for Beginners

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Hayley’s Comet

    So im looking at a camera thats stanard 35mm film and its from the 1950s. I love the look of the camera and im currently looking into reviews. I believe it is a point and shoot type camera tho…unless i read something wrong. Im also looking into instant photography abd getting a sun 600 lms because i had one as a child. Ive been told that i shouldnt start out with instant photography because i will have a lot of wasted photos. Advice?

  2. A C

    Saan po pwede bumili ng film camera sa Pilipinas? Salamat!

  3. Alexander Stagg

    The trial and error thing is a good idea. I've just started shooting film, and it's very fun because it's a very different approach to photography. I've been taking photos with a DSLR for years now, so I'm quite experienced at shooting on SLR at this point and have good knowledge on how to properly expose photos. I've shot one role so far of 36 in colour as an experimental, but for my next role, I'm doing my best to write down my aperture, shutter speed, film ISO and exposure compensation settings for each photo I take to understand the turnout that my settings have on specific lighting situations. I love the feeling of a film camera in your hands 🙂 Great video!

  4. Becca Zoe

    my friend just gave me a Voigtlander Bessimatic and I have no Idea what I'm doing

  5. ian

    i found my Olympia DL2000A today. i have no idea how this thing works.

  6. grub.1

    cheers man a couple of them really helped. 😉

  7. Kathy P

    developing the film is the best part!

  8. Shawn Greyling

    Just started shooting film after shooting digital for about 5 years now. Thanks for this video – it is SUPER helpful.

  9. Yuki and Gold

    liked your video! 🙂
    i've shooting in analog too, just love it!

  10. al drich.

    I just bought a honeywell pentax ES from a yard sale I have no idea how it works and if IT works lmao can someone help me how

  11. oh louda

    I have a cannon EOS rebel Ti and its from like the early 2000's does anyone know any info or tips for this camera? I've never really worked with any real camera before I've always used my phone so I'm kinda lost.

  12. YAHOO

    how to upload pictures from film ?

  13. Buck Sellers

    I have a question about shooting film that I haven't seen anyone address ..and I've watched a LOT of film shooting videos ….When you shoot different film speeds how do you know how to adjust the aperture and shutter speeds to compensate for the different film speeds….I know most of the film cameras made in the 80's and 90's have built in compensation to meter for different film speeds but the old manual cameras that I own don't have that ….So generally speaking how do you know how to adjust shutter speed and aperture for different film speeds ? …Lets say you are shooting outside and using a 400 speed film with a 50mm f/1.8 aperture and 1000th shutter speed to get a proper exposure. ….then you switch to a 125 speed film with the same amount of light…How would you adjust to compensate for the 125 speed film ?…thank you ! …A great video by the way!!

  14. Louis Hartley

    I would like to point out that medium format cameras start out at a few quid. A box camera on eBay goes for about £5. Or you can get a pre-lomography lubitel.

  15. johnna westgate

    Hello! So I'll be visiting Yosemite this month and wanted to know which film you would recommend. I have a 35mm Minolta maxxum qtsi camera, and dispite it's age it takes some great pictures. I'll mainly be shooting landscapes, but I also want to take some closeups as well (wildflowers and such!) I've tried out some different films, and I've gotten a feel for the type of picture I like, I love vivid colors and good contrast. What film would be best?

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