Tips and Tricks for the Best Film Photography Outcome

Ever wondered how to get amazing photographs from using film? With these tips, you will be able to get the best out of your film instead of under or overexposed photos without the details you would expect from film photography.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on equipment

You don’t have to spend thousands of pounds on equipment to start shooting film. I bet if you asked and had a look you could find an SLR camera that belonged to an old relative. If not, check out charity shops or eBay.


Experiment with different film stocks

Every film has a different ‘recipe’ for exposing to get a certain look. So many different film stocks have such latitude that you can overexpose by a couple of full stops and still get lovely results. For colour film, I would encourage to start with Portra 160, Porta 400 or Fuji 400 as you can overexpose them a ton and still be pleased with your images. For black and white images, Ilford 400 is a good starter as well as Kodak Tri-X (more contrasty). The lower the ISO (50-200) are best outside on a sunny day and the higher the ISO (400 up) are better on overcast days or indoors.


Pixel Perfection

Most film stocks contain some amount of grain, there is no LCD screen to check focus, exposure, or a chance to redo the shot. It is what it is. With this, you won’t have every perfect detail we all see in photographs nowadays. Your images may be slightly or completely out of focus. This is ok. Film photography isn’t meant to be like digital photography. Let go of the imperfections and enjoy it.

Depth of Field (Focus)

The depth of field on film cameras is more shallow than on digital. A shallow depth of field means a small area is in focus. Increasing your aperture, therefore reducing the amount of light entering the iris of the lens, you will be a lot happier with your images.


Getting the Best Lighting

For film photography, it is always better to overexpose because the film can handle the highlights. Unlike digital photography, when overexposed you lose all the detail. You can also use a light meter. These can be used to measure the amount of light falling on a subject, or being reflected by a subject.


Expired Film
Many film photographers choose an expired film to shoot with. Its become a very popular trend for a couple of years now. The main reason for this is to receive colour shifts. As result colours become less vibrant, contrast fades and grain increases. Want to extend a film life? Then simply put it into the fridge or even the freezer. After a long enough timeline, the film will no longer be sensitive to light, therefore they will not be good quality when developed.


Developing Your Film
Film photography is making a comeback and here at Snappy Snaps, we know all about quality film developing with over 30 years of experience. We can develop all brands and formats of traditional films from the 35mm. Processing your film with Snappy Snaps is quick and easy, offering the convenience of 1-hour photo processing (at selected stores) so you can drop off your film and pick up your prints within the hour.

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