Film photography is an art form that offers a unique aesthetic that digital photography can't replicate. One of the key aspects of film photography is the wide variety of film types available, each offering a different tone and quality to your image. From colour to black and white, and slide film, the options are increasing as more film stocks become available.
In this blog post, we will explore the different types of film available, including the various colour, black and white and slide films, as well as the different sizes and form factors that they come in.
We will also discuss the unique properties of each film type, and how they can be used to create different looks and moods in your photographs. Whether you're a professional photographer or just starting out, this guide will help you understand the different types of film available and how to use them to create beautiful, timeless images.
Black & white film
Black & white film is the most traditional type of film and it produces photographs that are entirely monochromatic. This type of film provides a classic and timeless look to the images. It allows you to focus on the tonal range, contrast and texture of the scene, making it ideal for capturing the essence of a place or a subject.
Color negative film
Color negative film is a more modern type of film that produces photographs with a full range of colours. The negative itself shows an image with inverted colours, that must be adjusted when scanning. Negative film provides more flexibility in terms of print and post-processing, making it suitable for a variety of photographic applications.
Also known as transparency film, slide film produces positive images that can be viewed as slides on a projector. It's a high-quality film that produces vibrant and accurate colours, but it has a limited range, and it is less forgiving than negative film when it comes to exposure and colour balance. This film gives you a more accurate representation of the scene, but it requires more careful metering and exposure.