10 Film Photography Lesson From A Newbie

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Now that I have developed a few disposable film cameras, used a few more rolls on my point-and-shoot second-hand film camera, and took at least a dozen acceptable film photographs I thought I would share a newbie cheat sheet of the film photography.

Or say lessons that I noted down for my own learning on using the film camera.

These film photography lessons might be basic but I hope it can be helpful for some of us newbies out there.

  • Count to three and keep steady before and after clicking the shot button on your film camera.
  • So far, there is no noticeable difference from using different types of film rolls, which means the cheap film camera roll can be as good as the more expensive ones.
  • In contrast, a good film camera makes a huge difference in photo quality compared to the disposable one. and it doesn’t need to be expensive. I got my second-hand Olympus 35mm Film Camera Mju µ II for a fraction of its original price on eBay. It was one of the best purchases I made last year.
  • Taking a selfie with a film camera is hard and most of the time is a waste of precious roll. So if you can, better keep selfie game strictly with your phone.
  • Immerse yourself in the #FilmNeverDie community. Keep learning film photography lesson and be proud of being a part of the community.
  • Have at least one film photography goal. It makes taking photographs more fun and pushes you to learn more things about it. My film goal this year is to print 80 of my most favorite film pictures I took. So far I have less than 20 of those (including the one I took of Little India Singapore).
  • Film photographs with people in it look more interesting than the ones without people in it. But, taking people photographs in the film is so much harder than with digital.
  • Lots of light, especially yellow hue, makes good film photographs.
  • Start putting some money aside as film photography can be an expensive hobby to adapt. but. so far, it has been a soul-nourishing. In short, I think film photography conveys magic better than digital, and for that reason alone, it’s a great hobby to pursue.
  • There is a magic in BnW film — yes, it’s less forgiving if you don’t have much clue on basic composition (like me) but it can be oh so beautiful.

#FilmNeverDie and all that.


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