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Getting Started in Film Photography

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Let’s talk about getting started in film photography.

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30 Comments

  1. Erik Wahlstrom
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    What do YOU think is the best beginner camera/film?

  2. The Cantrell Project
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I DSLR scan all my photos and I cant recommend this practice enough. Usually it is cheaper than a scanner because most people have the DSLR already, all you need is a macro 1:1 lens, a tripod (which most people already have) and a light pad (50 bucks). DSLR scanning gets excellent results and it's several SEVERAL (did i say several?) times faster than using a scanner. I shoot 1 photo per 35mm scan (17 MPXLs in my canon 7d) and 4 for every 6×6 scan, which makes a 68 MPXL file! example of 6×6 after DSLR scan https://flic.kr/p/VLf67n example of one 35mm after DSLR scan https://flic.kr/p/YyvWC2

  3. Mario Vega
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I started out with a Nikon FM10. I still enjoy using it. I guess that’s the nice thing about film and film cameras, they are as good as there ever gonna get.

  4. OGWphoto
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Thanks Erik, I realise more and more that this channel and your views are special. I really enjoy the direction it is headed, well done! I have a question, some people I know, speak about why you would digitalise an analoge film, sort of against the purpose of shooting film in the first place. Whats your take in that? Do you feel that a scanned negative gets a different look/purpose than shooting straight digital?

  5. Dominic Leung
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Great video and the audio is fine for me! This video is something I wish I had when I was starting out…:)

    What's your experience on scanning colour negative on the Epson? I always struggle to get nice colour out of my Epson scanner.

  6. Tomislav Miletić
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    As a not so young dude who spent decades shooting film professionally and who's quite irritated by bunch of newbie smarta…es into film photography (with honourable exceptions) , I can say with confidence that this is the best general youtube introduction into film photography I had seen. Subscribed…

  7. DarkRami
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I'm slowly transitioning back to digital. The only cameras I have left are my Leica m6 with 50mm Summicron and my Bronica SQa Medium format.

    My favorite b&w film is Fuji Acros shot at 400 asa. For color the cheap Superia line gives me the tones I like in 35mm. Velvia 50 for medium format is jaw dropping.

    I develop myself and scan 35mm with a Pakon 135 Plus, Epson v550 for medium format.

    Last week I shot my last 35mm roll. This weekend I'm planning to shoot my last 2 rolls of 120. After that I'm sticking to my Canon full frame digital and my Ricoh GR II.

  8. Ruudsosalsa
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I love my Nikon FE

  9. Nick Swisher
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I plan on getting a large format kit by the end of the year and I've already got my light meter. The intrepid will be my first film camera but my high school photography class has helped to introduce me to 35 mm film and recently 4×5 photography. Enjoyed the video Erik!

  10. Sean Zappulla
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Can you do a video how to build a website.

  11. Jim Keener
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    The first video of your's I've seen. And it is of value. Your suggestion of beginning with 35mm has changed my way of thinking. I had been planning on a Hasselblad V series camera, but am convinced I might put that off. Anyway. I'll tell my friends that "I cannot recommend this enough."

  12. Shoot Street TV
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I would say the Canon AE-1 is one of the best film camera to start with.

  13. Blackwing Visuals
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Sound and look more like Ferris every day 😉

  14. Dennis halim
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    any camera would do start small to big . even slight foggy and fungus infested lens is quite ok to shoot

  15. Luca Gruber
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    My first roll was some expired and poorly stored Kodak Farbwelt 200…looked great though haha

  16. AsianCheeseToaster
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Audio was fine, keep the good work up! Also the flickr link doesn't work for me, anyone else?

  17. dave hyper
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Great upload as usual. very informative. thanks

  18. axel patsch
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    what do you think about budget film like C200 or Kodak Gold for beginners. I don't know what Walgreens have in stock but in German and Irish drug stores you won't find Portra or so.

  19. Egroj D
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Developing C-41 at home is also easy as well.

  20. Pat Sorenson
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Erik i'm bummed i was digging thru my basement and i found two rolls Kodachrome 64 unused new in the box what should i do?

  21. David Pinder
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Best video I've ever seen about film photography Erik. I always shot using the T90.

  22. Jennifer M
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Excellent video, Erik. Didn't find anything wrong with the sound quality either!

    But man, I'm gonna give Squarespace the nickname of the 'Octopus', as they seem to have a hand in everything these days!

  23. Tim W
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    A couple of weeks ago I received a Minolta X300 for free from the parents of a friend of mine! Its only function is aperture priority. But I think that’s ideal for a beginner camera. No need for a light meter or anything. Just point and shoot with the film stocks Eric mentioned and you’re good to go 🙂

  24. Gábor Ruff
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Nice video! You can get a dedicated film scanner for 35mm film around $300 (e.g. Plustek) and the image quality is probably better than a smaller medium format film (6×4.5) scanned with a flatbed scanner.

  25. Higgins2001
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Craigslist is a FANTASTIC resource for finding a nice film camera cheap.

    I'm a huge proponent of the Pentax line of SLRs, especially given the low price, high quality lenses, for introductory film shooters. Built like tanks, last forever, cheap and plentiful if you need a new one

  26. Rolf Jonas Duran
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I think the Minolta x-700 is a good option too, nice quality and not to expensive. Also Thrift Stores can sometime have cool finds, at least I found a Olympus Trip 35 for $5 totally working

  27. Colin Stuart
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I bought a Nikon F5. It was about $250 on ebay… amazing condition. It's big and heavy, but coming from shooting on modern Nikon DSLRs… it is extremely familiar to handle and use. Amazing metering and AF capabilities, support for all of their newest lenses (well, except the AF-P ones). I know people shoot film sometimes for "going back to the basics" … manual focus, manual metering, winding your own film, etc, that's fine and I totally respect that, but for me I really just wanted something familiar / easy and can let me get that film look. The great thing with film cameras, doesn't matter what body you have, it's up to you for the actual film stocks to use and they all provide different results!

  28. Verdoux007
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    Best beginner camera probably would be something that had full auto mode (also a manual mode of course) and the possibility to use auto focus lenses. That way you could ease your way into film photography. I guess any entry level slr made in the '90s would fit the bill.

    Some would probably suggest a full manual camera with manual focusing lenses, but I think taking photos should be made as easy as possible when you're a starting out and if you feel like you want to dive deeper, then buy the quirky fifty year old cameras that have no light meter and really dim focusing screens. 😉

  29. Michel Oliveira
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    I wish someone had told me these tips when I started on film. Great video/Guide

  30. Franco Rizzo
    December 18, 2017 at 11:49

    your voice sounded just fine and radio-friendly as usual! 😀

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