June 1, 2019
Film is magic – the way that it captures light, color, and detail.. just, magic.
I’ve always loved the film look but had no idea where to start. At first I just wanted a cheap point and shoot film camera that I could use for fun. I started talking to my dad abut it because he is an avid vintage collector – he is always on Ebay, always in pawn shops. He buys drums mostly to fix them up and resell them but he does the same with cameras occasionally as well. I mentioned that it would be nice to have one that I could use my camera lenses on but I wanted to dip my toes before I invested in a more expensive camera.
Fast forward a month to my birthday and I got a strange package on my doorstep. I cautiously opened it and found what looked like a Canon DSLR but was a film camera. My dad had found a Canon Elan 7 35mm film camera and sent it to me for my birthday (because he’s the best + could tell how excited I was about it) and I immediately went to Google to learn everything I could about how to shoot my first roll of film.
Below you’ll find a list of tips that I wish were easily accessible when I was researching and figuring out how the heck to shoot film:
And there you have it! Everything I learned from shooting my first roll and all of the information I wish I could have easily read in one place. If you have any questions at all, drop them in the comments! I will definitely be doing a follow-up post on what I’ve continued to learn from my second, third, fourth rolls, etc.
This article by Mastin Labs is also extremely helpful if you’re just getting started!
Scroll to see the rest of my favorite photos from that very first roll!