1. Start with an instant camera
Starting with an instant camera is a great, low-risk way to dip your toe into the waters of film photography. Models like the Instax instant camera or classic Polaroid allow you to view your results in a matter of moments, so you don’t need to wait for labs to process your film. Plus, these cameras are simple to operate and have minimal settings, most of which are similar to those of your smartphone or digital camera.
2. Choose the right film
Unlike with digital cameras, film cameras mean you have to choose whether you’ll shoot in black and white or in colour - and stick with it. When choosing your camera film, always take this factor into account.
At the same time, be mindful of the ISO, or speed, or your roll of film. ISO can easily be adjusted on a digital camera, but can’t be changed on a film camera: Once you’ve picked one, you simply have to finish the entire roll. As a rule of thumb, ISO 200 is a good choice for shooting in bright outdoors settings, while ISO 800 is ideal for indoor environments. Beginners shooting both indoors and outdoors may want to opt for versatile ISO 400 film instead.
3. Invest in a film scanner
This nifty photography accessory allows you to digitise your film photos, making it the perfect way to experience a blend of classic and modern technology. They’re also the best way to share your analogue shots on social media! When choosing a scanner, bear in mind that dedicated negative scanners will generally give you a higher image quality, while flatbed scanners can also be used to scan documents and other printed material.