Are you new to film photography and looking for a beginner's guide to get started? Be fully prepared for your first photography session with our in-depth blog post covering all the essentials.
Whether you're already comfortable shooting digital or just starting out with photography, this guide will help you learn the basics of film photography and help you start capturing beautiful, timeless images.
Learn about your camera
Film cameras are often more unique than their modern digital counterparts. Experimental features are more common, and design patterns were far less standardised in the days of high-competition in the analogue camera world.
Before embarking on your first expedition with your new camera, it is important to take the time to understand how to load and advance the film properly, adjust the aperture and shutter speed settings and understand whatever viewfinder indicators your camera provides.
If you have access to the cameras guide or manual it is recommended to read through it, even briefly, before using your camera for the first time. This will help prevent any avoidable damage to your precious images, and possibly even your camera.
Get familiar with the exposure triangle
The aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to determine the exposure of a photograph. Understanding how to adjust these settings will allow you to control the amount of light in your shots and create the desired effect.
If your camera doesn't offer exposure controls, it's important to understand how your camera achieves it's exposure. Most point and shoots offer fully automatic exposure, but even this can sometimes be confused by harsh lights or dark shadows. Experiment and enjoy the process, even mistakes are memories.