Ultimate Guide to Getting Started in 35mm Film
Hey! I’m Guy, I’m a photographer & filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland.
I’ve been taking photos since I was little kid, but about three and a half years ago I also started shooting on film and fell in love with it, so I want to bestow that feeling onto to others with this “Ultimate Guide to Getting Started in 35mm Film!”
This is not a photography course, ‘as such’, there will be loads of bonus photography tips but this is not about how to take better or ‘good’ photos, this is not about correct composition or how to light and expose your images, you could do several courses on either of those.
What I will teach you though, is everything you need to know, and much more, about how to get started in film, specifically focusing on getting you started shooting the 35mm format — I’ll go through all the major differences and nuances from digital, both in principal and how it actually changes your approach shooting.
Secondly, who is this course for?
Anyone new to film.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional photographer, I will cover what you need to know to shoot your first roll.
Honestly though, even if you’ve shot a bit of film already, I think there is so much bonus info packed in here that’ll be worth your while, especially if you never took the time to understand some of the technical bits.
As this course is also for people with a strong knowledge in photography, I’m not going to shy away from little caveats and technical terms because they are what many people will immediately understand and they can draw parallels with their digital knowledge.
However, do not fret any of you who’ve never picked up a camera before, don’t go anywhere, if I speak fast and something goes completely over your head, I meant for it to, anything that you need to know I will explain slowly and clearly.
The reason I’m not splitting it up and doing a course for absolute beginners and then one for hobbyists and pros, is because this is about getting started in film and with that the film bit is new or newish to all of you no matter your previous understanding of photography.
If I kept it too basic and neglected to mention certain things, that quickly become fundamental once you get more into it, then I would be doing beginners a dis service.
Similarly all advanced courses jump straight into the nitty gritty bits of film, which is really complicated, and I wish when I started (as an already semi-pro photographer at the time), that someone had also explained just plain and simple – what are the differences here – what should I be aware of coming from digital, and the super practical side – such as how to load a film camera.
Also, if you are a beginner, 1) you can watch this and then come back next year and watch it again and absorb some of the bits you missed but 2) most importantly when teaching something I’m a big believer that once you understand the principles it makes everything click much faster (no pun intended!) suddenly all the pieces will just fall into place.
The technical bits will only sink in with practice and I think people have this habit of trying to rogue book learn settings, but by understanding how things work you’ll remember one bit and be able to work out rest… Where as if you’ve learnt something off about film speed but don’t really know what the numbers mean, then when you inevitably forget you’ll never be able to just take an educated guess, and so often when shooting film it’s all just a bit of guess work and that’s part of the fun.