40 Resources for Shooting Experimental Film Photography

40 Resources for Shooting Experimentail Film Photography on Shoot It With Film
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If you love film photography and want to break into some new creative and experimental techniques, we collected over 40 resources to help you out!

You’ll see the tutorials organized below into four general topics: Experimental Techniques, Experimental Film Stocks, Experimental Cameras, and Experimental Developing Techniques.

Dive into all the techniques below and be sure to bookmark this post for the next time you need a little inspiration to get that creativity flowing.

Film photography double exposure of a landscape using the EBS (exposing both sides of the film) technique
Image Credit: @itsamyberge | From Article: Exposing Both Sides of Your Film

Experimental Film Photography Techniques:

This will be our biggest category covering techniques such as double exposures, film soup, creating your own light leaks, and more. These techniques are not camera or film stock specific, and you can do many of them no matter what film camera you have.

We’ve broken these up into subcategories, just to keep everything organized for you!

Film Soup

Film soup is the process of soaking your film in different household chemicals to create colorful and destructive effects on your negatives.

Here are a few tutorials and resources to get you started:

7 Awesome Film Soup Recipes to Try on Shoot It With Film - Ruby Robida
Image Credit: @rubyrobida | From Article: 7 Awesome Film Soup Recipes
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Double Exposures

Double exposures are when you layer two images on top of each other by exposing the frame twice, and they are such a wonderful and fun part of film photography.

Here are some tips on how to capture those amazing doubles:

Double exposure with a shadow and leaves - Film Photography Double Exposures by Jennifer Stamps on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @filmandthegirl | From Article: Alternate Ways to Create Double Exposures with Film
DIY Splitzer by Mihály Alagi on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @mihalyalagi | From Article: Using a DIY Image Splitzer for Double Exposures

Long Exposures

Long exposures involve keeping your shutter open for a long amount of time to introduce movement and blur into your image.

Here are some helpful tutorials to get you started shooting long exposure on film:

Shoot It With Film Long Exposures Film Photography Tutorial by James Baturin
Image Credit: @stillandstillmoving | From Article: Long Exposure Film Photography Tutorial

Polaroid and Instant Film

If you’d like to try some experimental techniques with your Polaroid or Instax film, check out these resources:

How To Make Polaroid Transfers and Emulsion Lifts by Aleksandra Wolter on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @aleksandrawolter | From Article: How to Do Polaroid Emulsion Lifts and Transfers


Here are a few more experimental film photography techniques that you will definitely want to try.

  • Exposing Both Sides of Your Film: This technique allows you take any roll of film and use it to shoot redscale, specifically creating double exposures with one normal exposure and one redscale exposure.
  • Freelensing Photography: Detach your lens from your camera and use if for tilt-shift and macro effects.
  • Trichromatic Photography: Trichromatic film photography is the process of using filters with b&w film to create color images. A very cool technique!
  • Create Light Leaks: Have you ever tried adding light leaks to your film images on purpose? It’s a fantastic way to add beautiful washes of color to your images.
  • Intentional Camera Movement: Enhance your images by using intentional camera movement to create blur and movement.
  • Using Prisms: Add creative effects to your film photography by incorporating prisms into your work.
35mm film image of a sunset - How to Make Trichromatic Images on Film by Amy Berge on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @itsamyberge | From Article: Trichromatic Photography
Using Prisms for Creative Photography Effects by Tom Box on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @arbitrarium | From Article: Using Prisms for Creative Photography Effects

Experimental Film Stocks:

Trying an experimental film stock is a super easy way to dip your toe into the experimental film photography world and see if it is for you.

Here are a few guides and reviews for shooting experimental films:

Shooting Expired Film by Brian Smith on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @briandsmithphotography | From Article: Experiments in Shooting Expired Film
Image Credit: @spledidmusings | From Article: 5 Unique and Experimental Film Stock You Need to Try

Experimental Film Cameras:

You can also try an experimental camera! These film cameras will definitely be a fun addition to your camera bag.

Experimental Film Developing Techniques:

The darkroom is another place where you can experiment with your film. Here are different experimental techniques you can try when you are developing or printing your film:

How To Develop C-41 Color Film At Home by Amy Berge on Shoot It With FIlm
Image Credit: @itsamyberge | From Article: An Introduction to Cross-Processing Film
Landscape Cyanotype Print - How to Make Cyanotype Prints by James Baturin on Shoot It With Film
Image Credit: @stillandstillmoving | From Article: How to Make Cyanotype Prints
40 Resources for Shooting Experimental Film Photography
40 Resources for Shooting Experimental Film Photography

We hope this collection of experimental film photography resources has been helpful and inspired you to try out some new creative techniques!

Leave any questions about experimental film photography below in the comments!

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Kathleen Ellis

Kathleen Ellis (Kathleen Frank) is a fine art and travel film photographer and the founder of Shoot It With Film. Find her other articles here, such as 5 35mm Film Cameras for Beginners and 5 Best Point and Shoot Film Cameras.

Blog Comments

I started shooting in 1959 and processing in 1960. From 1962 to 1975 I worked for Polaroid Corp. In 1978 I bought my first full frame Camera, an Olympus OM-1n.

From 1986 to 1995, I processed my own black & white, color negative and color slides. I processed and printed all formats. During that time O ownes 8 different Olympus cameras.

In 1996 I started with digital cameras. Since then I have ownes 12 different Olympus digital cameras. Recently I bought an Olympus OM-4 film camera, I am getting back to analog photography.I will be processing and scanning my own film.

Jerry Littlefield

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