The False Affordability Of Film Photography?

We spoke recently about how you can quite easily get started in film photography for £27, and then even more recently how film photography on a shoestring can cost a mere £12 to begin. Since writing 35hunter, I've been all in favour of proclaiming the affordability of shooting film, and hopefully puncturing some myths that… Continue reading The False Affordability Of Film Photography?

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How I Keep Photography Simple (Film Edition)

Recently I described how I keep my digital photography approach simple and as straightforward as possible by simplifying lens choice, camera settings, adjustments whilst shooting, editing and processing. Let's look at how this is different (and how it's similar) when I'm shooting film. Broadly, I have two approaches. First, shooting without a light meter, with… Continue reading How I Keep Photography Simple (Film Edition)

Film Photography On A Shoestring

There are still many myths around how much it costs to get set up with film photography. I want to shoot a few more down. A while back I wrote about how to start start film photography for £27. Based on at least two of the three rolls of film I've just got back from the… Continue reading Film Photography On A Shoestring

Redscale Film – How To Make And Shoot Your Own

One of the major reasons I love film is the experiments you can try that have no direct digital equivalent. Shooting redscale film is an excellent example. You've probably already seen redscale images, that look monochrome, but with a burnt orange red as the base colour rather than white. These photographs are obviously distinctive overall,… Continue reading Redscale Film – How To Make And Shoot Your Own

Sugar Rush (Why This Big Kid Has Such A Sweet Tooth For Expired Film)

One of the delights of film photography is the range of film emulsions available. With brand new film there's still enough of a range available to suit every need for an enthusiastic amateur like me, from the very cheap yet surprisingly versatile and impressive AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 upwards. But if you're prepared to delve… Continue reading Sugar Rush (Why This Big Kid Has Such A Sweet Tooth For Expired Film)

New Experimental Vistas – Black & White

A little while back I wrote about experimenting with AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 at different exposures. Since then, I've been trying Vista Plus as a black and white film. First, some background as to why -  Cheap film. AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 is the cheapest film available - £1 a roll at Poundland. I have… Continue reading New Experimental Vistas – Black & White

New Experimental Vistas – Exposure Bracketing

With a typical ISO200 colour negative film, you'll only get worthwhile results if you expose it perfectly at box speed, correct? I decided to test this theory with a recent experiment. The film I chose was AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200. This film is rebranded Fuji C200, their cheapest film, which I prefer to the more expensive… Continue reading New Experimental Vistas – Exposure Bracketing

The Three Faces of Expired Film Photography

"Using expired film is risky, foolish and virtually always ends in disappointing, unappealing photographs, so why bother?" This might be the kind of advice you hear from some quarters, but it's certainly not been my experience, very far from it. In fact, over the last three or four years, I'd estimate over 80% of the… Continue reading The Three Faces of Expired Film Photography

How I Shoot Film Simply Without A Light Meter

Whilst many of my favourite cameras are electronic and require batteries to do anything, not just meter (hello Contax 139 Quartz, 159MM and 167MT!), I own half a dozen others that are fully mechanical and either require a battery just for the meter, or have no meter at all. A couple of years ago I… Continue reading How I Shoot Film Simply Without A Light Meter

Expired Emulsions – Ferrania Solaris 200

The first post in this Expired Emulsions series introduced some of the reasons why I love using expired film, and how I use it. One of my favourites is Ferrania Solaris 200 FG Plus. When I first got into film photography in mid 2012, my early film purchases were Fuji Superia 200 and 400, bought from… Continue reading Expired Emulsions – Ferrania Solaris 200