Film Photography Tips for Beginners

As a beginner in the photography world, whether you are shooting still-shots, capturing wildlife, or simply taking photos of friends/family to commemorate events, you need to know how to work with your camera and equipment. So, before you delve in and miss out on quality content, consider a few of these tips to get you going in the right direction when taking photos.

Pixel perfection –
Let go of the pursuit of achieving it (it doesn’t exist). Some shots may be slightly or completely out of focus; you might not get every single eyelash perfectly aligned when taking your child’s photo. Step back and relax a little. Film photos are not meant to look like digital, and it never will. So, get this concept of perfection and perfect color balance out of your mind, because you are simply going to drive yourself crazy, chasing something that doesn’t exist.

Use stocks –
Us film stocks for practice. Why waste money on film and pricey equipment when you can use film stocks for practice. You can modify latitude, color ranges, take advantage of light and darks, work with different hues and shades, all without having to waste pricey film. Film stocks have so much latitude that even if you overexpose, your photos won’t suffer much. Plus, you can get some practice in if you are brand new to the world of film photography.

Latitude and range –
Film has so much more to offer regarding latitude, in comparison to its digital counterpart. So, use this to your advantage. Film retains lovely details, so make sure you use this to your advantage when (and where) you are shooting. Take advantage of depth and contours, as they are going to look far superior on film.

Write it down –
Keep a journal of film stocks and settings because there are so many to remember (color, black/white, camera type, etc.) if not, you will forget what works for you. You will also save on developing costs when you take note of your film stocks as you won’t constantly develop poor quality, low-resolution photos on pricey film. It might seem trivial, but with so many film stocks and setting options, things can get blurry quickly, and it can end up costing you (financially) in the long run.

As a beginner to the world of film-photography, playing and experimenting is a good way to learn. With these basic tips you will not only improve upon quality and resolution, but you will learn to let go of minute details, and enjoy your newfound hobby as well.

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