We’re beginning to see a resurgence in film photography and for those of you who are looking to get into it but have no experience, it can be hard to decide where to start.

I felt the same way when I first started shooting film two years ago. I was lost as to what cameras to buy with a limited budget, what film stocks to purchase, and found myself especially confused when it came to processing my film after finishing a roll.

In the video above, I cover what type of film cameras I suggest buying when you’re first starting out, the film stocks that are both affordable and beautiful, and even what the numbers next to the names signify. And then I talk about a step that is often overlooked: how to process your film after you’re done shooting.

With the first category, my suggestion is always to start

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The FAR Center for Contemporary Arts will offer a Film Photography 101 workshop at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at their location on Fourth and Rogers Street. The workshop will cost $7 per person and guests must sign up online. The FAR Center’s community engagement coordinator, Chaz Mottinger, said if someone would like to attend but cannot cover the ticket costs, they should reach out to the FAR Center. 

The event has a 12-person maximum due to COVID-19 restrictions, and those attending are required to wear a mask. 

Local photographer Garrett Ann Walters will teach the workshop. Walters said she will explore technical applications of film photography, including the difference between certain types and brands of film cameras or shooting in black and white versus color. She said guests would have some time at the end to practice shooting photos. 

Brick Daniel Kyle, another local photographer, will assist with the workshop

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Like many photography buffs, Rob Cowan bought a digital camera as soon as they came out a couple decades ago. He loved its instantaneous results and the freedom it gave him to shoot unlimited images until he achieved the perfect shot.

Then about six years ago, the 39-year-old San Diego resident got bored with digital photography for the very same reasons. Where was the challenge, the thought process and the artistry? So he returned to traditional film photography and never looked back.

“It has its own feeling,” he said. “It’s tangible. You can hold on to it and see it in front of your eyes.”

Cowan is not alone. Over the past five years, millions of Americans have re-embraced or newly discovered the old-school art of film photography. Sales of Kodak roll film doubled from 2014 to 2019 and the value of used film cameras has skyrocketed.

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“Fundamentally, I want to make photos that represent my own experience of reality,” says UK based film photographer and record producer Martin Ruffin about his photographic style. He hopes to be shooting film for many years to come and experiments with a variety of stock for this. He’s also an advocate for shooting consistently, to understand better what one prefers to specialize in.

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The possibilities in digital photography are infinite these days, but we still see photographers experiment with analog photography. Maybe it’s the unpredictability of how chemicals and light can intermingle to produce a result. Perhaps it’s the eager anticipation before the image is developed, resulting in either heartbreak or delight. It could also be how we subconsciously improve our resourcefulness because of the limited nature (and lately extravagant costs) of film stock. Or maybe it’s a combination

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