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How to Shoot on 35mm Film Cameras



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I've really been enjoying shooting on 35

millimeter film again recently but I've

realized that I've never really covered

the basics on this channel

maybe you're shooting exclusively

digital photography you take some

occasional photos on your iPhone or

you're just looking to try out some film

today I'm going to cover the basics of

how to shoot on 35 millimeter film it

always starts with the camera so look

around some thrift shops or your

relatives place for 35 millimeter

cameras they were built to last forever

and most likely if they're still laying

around they're probably still working it

seems like in today's world Sony Canon

and Nikon bring out new cameras every

couple months with newer and better

features leaving us as the consumers

with the impression that the key to a

good photo is more megapixels Wi-Fi

capabilities but I think there's a lot

of value to the slower more deliberate

process of shooting on film whether

you're just starting out or your

photographer with years of experience

the lack of a screen a limit of 36 shots

on a roll and the tactile process of

film has a lot to offer

cameras come in a variety of styles like

range finders point shoots and SLRs

batteries for these cameras are also

readily available and generally only

need to be replaced

every couple of months when it comes to

choosing a film stock things can get a

little more complicated there are three

main types of film color negative film

color positive film as well as black and

white I recommend you start with color

negative film as it's the most forgiving

and it has beautifully soft colors most

of the films are gonna give you either

24 or 36 exposures the other thing to

look out for is the ISO number of the

film the higher ISO films like portrait

800 are better for low-light while

something like ektachrome 100 is great

for super bright daylight

set the camera to the correct ISO of

your film and you're ready to shoot

focusing is done with the front ring and

you'll know your shots and focus when

the two patches in the center of the

viewfinder match up in terms of exposing

the auto exposure mode on most of these

cameras will probably do just fine if

you're working with color negative film

set your camera to a half or even a full

stop of overexposure because it's

generally safer to overexpose your film

than it is to underexpose it the next

and arguably most important part of the

process is figuring out what you want to

photograph document your hometown your

friends or anything around you good

stories are rarely ever things that just

look pretty

think about photographing and experience

or something that makes you unique but

most of all just have fun with it as

well think about things like the light

in your scene that you're photographing

and what the photos mean to you

once your roll is finished you can

release the film with a button on the

bottom of the camera and wind it back

there's a ton of places that will

develop your film most likely if you

live in a city you can drop it off at a

local lab and if not there are plenty of

places to mail your film to if you're

feeling adventurous why not try

developing the film yourself there's

definitely a little bit of an initial

cost but in the long term it saves a ton

of money and it's just really fun

developing your own film and being in

control of every step of the process

then you can enjoy some beautifully

grainy photos that will make you feel

nostalgic about last week I know this

video was a little more basic but I feel

like I should have a dedicated video to

the basics of film photography just

sitting on this channel for anyone who

finds it and needs an introduction I

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