One of my favorite aspects of film photography is the huge amount of film stocks available on the market today. Whether you are looking for professional films, something inexpensive for everyday pictures, or even something crazy with scratches and light leaks on it, film can cater to all your needs.
Experimenting with crazy and fun film stocks is wonderful, especially in the beginning when you first start shooting film.
I find that being able to try out different film stocks and use fun and unexpected film can refine your craft and push your art out of the box. So, today, I am sharing with you five unique and experimental film stocks I think you should give a try!
1. Psychedelic Blues 400
This is an experimental film stock I shot about 2 years ago when I visited a pumpkin patch. It was one of my very first attempts at developing film on my own and was such a cool and fun experience.
I take pictures every year at our local pumpkin patch, and I wanted to do something way out of the box, which is why I chose Psychedelic Blues 400.
This 35mm film is pre-fogged, creating light leaks all over each image. You’ll see strong streaks of yellow, red, and/or green color throughout your frame. And no image is the same, so you are guaranteed a unique experience no matter what role of film you are shooting from them.
Such a fun film to shoot with if you are looking for those bright and colorful light leaks!
This film was modeled after old German films and really does a great job of bringing that aesthetic to life. It also has some impressive contrast, and, if you know me, you know I’m a huge sucker for those deep contrasty black and white images.
It has some gorgeous grain while still retaining detail, and it comes in both 35mm and 120.
And last, but certainly not least, is this beautiful streaky film from Revolog.
Very much like dubblefilm, Revolog has so many different 35mm experimental film stocks to choose from, but I personally have my eye on their Revolog Streak 200 color negative film.
It has a colorful lines, scratched effect that cover the entire frame. It really gives it a grungy textured appearance to the image. The streak effect will be quite strong on the darker parts of your image and much more subtle (sometimes almost invisible) on the brighter portions.
I cannot wait to try it out. It’s the perfect film stock to liven up your images!
Well, friends, that’s it for me. I hope that you enjoyed this list and that it has motivated you to splurge on some fun film stocks and to go out there and experiment!
Have you ever shot any of these film stocks on this list or do you have any other fun, unique, and experimental film stocks that you use yourself? Let me know in the comments below so we can chat all about fun film together!