trying film photography

trying film photography

film photography

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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exploring film photography (with different kinds of film cameras & film types)

What do you want to get out of this project?


I've felt so inspired following a lot of photographers on Instagram that shoot only with film. I think it takes patience and an ability to embrace imperfections, and I wanted to try my hand at it. I've noticed that there's a certain consistent "look" or "aesthetic" with analog photography that I really gravitate to when looking through other people's workβ€” I think the shadows & light get captured in a way that I just don't think is possible with digital photography. I want to try out a few different film brands and see what I like. I thrifted some very old film cameras and now want to explore how film interacts differently with light, color, etc than digital photography. Since it's my first time working extensively with film, my shaky hands and I are keeping hopes up and expectations fairly low! :)

where did the skills go? we are taking skills out of the idea generation process, in an attempt to make projects more career-focused. If you want to get leveled-up for a project, share it with the appropriate guide or faculty member for feedback upon completion.

Guiding Question

Turn your idea above into a guiding question.

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What is film photography, how does it work, and how is it different from digital photography?


What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Work Product Deliverables

gather supplies (film cameras, disposable cameras, different brands of film rolls, etc)
March 25, 2021
research the basics of film photography for beginners + how it's different from digital photography
May 27, 2021
carry an analog camera wherever i go & photograph as much as possible (within budget, because film can get quite expensive)!
March 27, 2021 β†’ May 17, 2021
research where to develop film in atlanta β€”> get all film developed
May 17, 2021 β†’ May 27, 2021
final product due + design track presentation
May 25, 2021
May 28, 2021


Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.

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Add a short description and cover photo

Work Product


Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)

Was your project meaningful?

Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?


This project helped me grow alongside my art. I'm used to taking thousands of photos digitally, and then sifting through them & editing until my eyes hurt! But with film, each photo is taken much more mindfully and intentionally, because there are only so many photos that can be taken on a roll (and film is quite expensive, so each photo is more important). I noticed that I'd take 1 photo of a scene rather than 100, which was exciting and a bit nerve-wracking because I'd have no idea how the photo would turn out until it was fully developed later. Some of them I ended up loving, and others completely floppedβ€” they were blurry, covered in light leaks, too dark and thus unidentifiable, or just "imperfect" in any other way. But I've grown to love the grain, details, and "imperfections" that come along with film so much that I left all my film untouched and unedited.

Was your project ambitious?

Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?


Before this project, I had no idea what really went on behind-the-scenes with film photography. I was under the impression that film photos all have the same "look" to themβ€” bright whites, deep shadows, a slightly warm almost green-ish tint, and mild grain. But I was wrong. Different light conditions look so different on film, and different brands of film affected the colors and overall look. Some made sky blue look deep turquoise with warmth, others had high contrast and cool tones, and others were very soft and grainy. So there's no filter that could make digital photos look like film, because film doesn't look the same with every photo. It's exciting and unpredictable.

Was your project deep?

Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?


I've never worked with film before, but I've always admired it, and this project opened my eyes to all the work, time, and focus that goes into each photo. It's a slower process than digital photography, and it forces you to really look at your subject and position your camera just so, because you only have one chance to get a single photo right. It's challenging, and really enjoyed working with film for this project, and I'd like to keep doing it. I want to do more trial and error, and also learn more strategies (for example, to avoid too much blurriness) and more about how film in general works. In the future, I'd also like to understand the developing process better, and perhaps even try to do it myself with a makeshift home studio rather than dropping it off somewhere to get it developed.


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