So You Want to be a Film Photographer

So You Want to be a Film Photographer


Let’s venture into film photography for a moment. Those of us fortunate enough to have photo albums from the ’90s that are now tucked away in our parents’ homes will undoubtedly take great joy in flicking through the ragged card pages, looking through the awkward portraits, day field trips that we took when during grade school, the 7th birthday party that was too memorable, beach trips to Matabungkay, and other occasions. The point I’m making is these vernacular photo albums were perfect and they were all shot on film.

For purist photographers who go beyond just randomly applying random VSCO presets, there are so much into photography than meets the eye. If you’re an enthusiast and would want to venture more into doing film photography these are a few things to consider.


The Camera

You only need these three things to consider: a camera, a light meter, and some film.

Which camera you’d be using or would want to spend time on. Depends actually on what type of subjects you wish to explore or type of tone you’re going for. I suggest you go for cameras that were produced starting 1990’s and above as most models will have built-in light meters.


A 35mm basic camera for simplicity purposes.


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The 35mm/ Photo: Analogique


Should you want an instant gratification then go for the classic and popular Polaroid 600 BE’s.

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Canon AE-1 Program is cheap and widely available for around 2,000php ++ thousand which comes with a  standard 50mm lens.


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Canon AE-1 (Black)



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Yashica f3.5



Toy Cameras such a Lomo, but I personally wouldn’t recommend it as you’d be superficially clothing your output with distorted colors and framing.

Photos from:  Analogique


Pick a film and use it for the entirety of your practice except otherwise, you’d wish to switch between tones. There’s a limited range of color film available, but the problem is really getting it developed. There aren’t enough shops that accept dropping films off and getting a set of prints back in three hours.

These are the currently available film roles/packs you can readily purchase readily from sellers today.


Photos from:  Analogique



But if we are to become more specific about films and which ones are best to use in terms of producing the perfect manual color grades.


Disclaimer: Majority of these films are obsolete already and not complete. 

Vintage-inspired and slightly gritty aesthetic, this collection is perfect for lifestyle, wedding, and portrait photography.

Fuji Neopan 1600Fuji Neopan 1600 +Fuji Neopan 1600 ++Fuji Neopan 1600 -Fuji Superia 100Fuji Superia 100 +Fuji Superia 100 ++Fuji Superia 100 -Fuji Superia 400Fuji Superia 400 +Fuji Superia 400 ++Fuji Superia 400 -Fuji Superia 800Fuji Superia 800 +Fuji Superia 800 ++Fuji Superia 800 -Fuji Superia 1600Fuji Superia 1600 +Fuji Superia 1600 ++Fuji Superia 1600 -Ilford Delta 3200Ilford Delta 3200 +

Ilford Delta 3200 ++Ilford Delta 3200 -Kodak Portra 160 NCKodak Portra 160 NC +Kodak Portra 160 NC ++Kodak Portra 160 NC -Kodak Portra 160 VCKodak Portra 160 VC +Kodak Portra 160 VC ++Kodak Portra 160 VC -Kodak Portra 400 NCKodak Portra 400 NC +Kodak Portra 400 NC ++Kodak Portra 400 NC -Kodak Portra 400 UCKodak Portra 400 UC +Kodak Portra 400 UC ++Kodak Portra 400 UC -Kodak Portra 400 VCKodak Portra 400 VC +Kodak Portra 400 VC ++Kodak Portra 400 VC

Essentials provides a well-balanced range of distinct looks, from modern to vintage, vibrant to minimal, and everything in between.

TRI-X, Kodak Portra 800, Fuji Neopan 1600, Kodak Portra 400 UC, Fuji FP-100c, Fuji Astia 100, Fuji Provia 400X, Agfa Vista 100, Kodak Gold 200, 400H+1, Kodak Portra 160 +1, Agfa Portrait XPS 160, Ilford Pan F 50, and Kodak Ektar 25.

High contrasts and bold colors, this collection is ideal for travel, landscape, street, and fashion photography.

Agfa Scala 200, Fuji Astia 100F, Fuji Fortia SP, Fuji Provia 100F, Fuji Provia 400X, Fuji Velvia 5-100, Fuji Velvia 100F, Kodak E100G, Kodak E100VS, and Kodak E100VS.



Where to Purchase your supplies

You can purchase second-hand analog cameras and film rolls online via

There are quite a number of interest groups on Facebook and business pages dedicated to film photography. So might I suggest to find these niche groups and shops.


Why Go For It?

Restore the soul in photography

Film photography will refuse to die regardless of the digital platform evolution. Yes, new cameras have technically advanced sensors that surpass ten folds film camera’s dynamic range- not to mention speed and portability. They are cheap, efficient, and can produce exceptionally sharp images- and yet soulless and lacking of joyful output. Post-processing of these digital images took away the romance of the photography workflow.

Instant gratification is all too common with digital photography these days. Whether it’s chimping at the LCD screen while you’re out on a shoot or holding up your phone at a concert, it’s a blight on society and takes an immense deal away from the pleasure of photography.


Today we’re not only making fewer albums, but we’re also taking more photographs to get that perfect shot. Even our smartphones are littered with countless portraits of our dogs, people, because the photo before could have been just a little bit better.

Film photography can let go of faultlessness, and those photo albums that we had back where we can look back on are still as perfect today as when our parents first took those photos of us. They evoke certain familiar emotions and nostalgia.

An Anti-Thesis 

It seeks the truth on how you view the world from your eyes and the camera’s viewfinder. It is the opposite of self-absorption and narcissism as presented on your social media feed.



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