10 Tips for Getting Started with Film Photography

Are you interested in learning about film photography? If so, you’re in luck! Film photography has made a comeback in recent years, and there are many resources available for those who want to get started. Here are 10 tips to help you get started with film photography:

  1. Start with a basic film camera. There are many different types of film cameras available, ranging from simple point-and-shoot models to more advanced SLRs (single lens reflex). Start with a basic camera that’s easy to use and affordable, and then work your way up as you become more comfortable with the medium.
  2. Experiment with different film stocks. Film stocks come in a variety of speeds (ISO), colors, and brands. Experimenting with different film stocks will help you find the one that works best for you and your photography style.
  3. Learn how to meter your shots. Film cameras don’t have the ability to preview your shots on a screen like digital cameras do, so it’s important to learn how to meter your shots properly. This involves adjusting the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to get the correct exposure.
  4. Take your time. Film photography requires a bit more patience than digital photography. You’ll need to wait for your film to be developed before you can see your shots, so take your time and think about each shot before you press the shutter button.
  5. Get to know your camera. Familiarize yourself with your camera’s controls and features. This will help you get the most out of your film photography experience.
  6. Shoot in manual mode. Shooting in manual mode will give you more control over your shots and help you understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
  7. Get to know your lab. Find a lab (like Brooktree!) that develops film and get to know the people who work there. We can be a great resource for tips and advice.
  8. Keep track of your shots. It can be helpful to keep a journal or log of your shots, including the film stock, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings you used. This will help you learn from your successes and mistakes.
  9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Film photography is all about trial and error. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make mistakes – that’s how you’ll learn and grow as a film photographer.
  10. Have fun! Above all, film photography should be enjoyable. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun with it.


I hope these 10 tips have been helpful as you get started with film photography. Remember, film photography is all about experimentation and having fun. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and try new things – that’s how you’ll learn and grow as a film photographer. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s always something new to discover in the world of film. Happy shooting!