30 Film Photography Resources for Beginners!

Film Photography Resources for Beginners on Shoot It With Film
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If you love the idea of going analog, but aren’t sure where to start, we have got you covered!

We put together all of our favorite film photography resources for beginners and organized them into one easy-to-follow reference.

These tutorials and resources will help you learn how to shoot film, covering everything from buying a film camera and shooting different film stocks to how to rate and meter your film. Even if you’ve been shooting film for a while, you’ll find plenty of takeaways and tips to up your film photography game.

Film Photography Resources for Beginners - Learn to Shoot Film
Film Photography Resources for Beginners - Learn to Shoot Film
Film Photography Resources for Beginners - Learn to Shoot Film
Film Photography Resources for Beginners on Shoot It With Film

Film Photography Courses for Beginners

If you’re looking for more of a comprehensive classroom setting to learn how to shoot film, we love the film photography classes from Skillshare. And with two months free to binge them all, it’s a great place to start.

Here are a few of our favorite courses perfect for beginners:

CreativeLIVE also has an intro to film bundle worth checking out. This will be a little bit of an investment, since it’s not free, but it covers an extensive amount of information and walks you through everything you need to know about shooting film.

Film Cameras for Beginners

Every new film photographer starts in the same place: What camera should I get??? Here are a few articles to help you choose your first (or your next!) film camera:

5 Great 35mm Film Cameras for Beginners on Shoot It With Film
image credit: @loafcameras

Choosing the Right Film

Now that you have your film camera ready to go, you’ll need some film!

These articles will give you an overview of color and b&w film stocks. They also have plenty of example images so you can see which one(s) you might want to try.

And here are some more in-depth film stock reviews and comparisons for a few of the more popular film stocks:

How to Shoot Kodak Portra 400 Film by Samantha Stortecky on Shoot It With Film
image credit: @splendidmusings
Grab the free Quick Guide to Choosing a Color Film Infographic!

Helpful Tips for Beginners

These articles will help you answer a ton of those film photography questions you might have as a beginner. They are filled with helpful tips to ease the learning curve and minimize some common film photography frustrations.

Shooting Film on a Budget: Tips for Film Photographers to Save Money by Kathleen Frank on Shoot It With Film

Conquering the Trickier Film Photography Skills

There are a few areas of film photography that tend to trip up beginners. Skills like metering, rating, and pushing your film (and how that all works together!) are quite a bit different than digital photography and can be hard to wrap your brain around.

Once you get these down, you have officially graduated out of beginner status!

Bulb in and bulb out light meter - Comparing Different Metering Methods in Film Photography on Shoot It With Film
image credit: @itsamyberge

Getting a Certain Film Photography Look

If you’re after a specific style of film photography, such as that light and airy film look, check out these articles. They have lots of tips to help you nail down a specific look or genre.

How to Shoot Double Exposures on Film by Melese Miller on Shoot It With Film
image credit: @melesemiller

We hope this collection of film photography resources for beginners has been helpful in your film journey! Leave any questions about how to shoot film below in the comments!

Kathleen Frank

Kathleen Frank is the founder of Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as 5 Awesome Medium Format Film Cameras for Beginners and 5 35mm Film Cameras for Beginners.

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